Caffeine and alcohol can be a fairly dangerous combination when improperly executed, hence the problem with energy drink booze concoctions like Four Loko, may its original recipe rest in peace. But, as those of us who are aging faster than we'd like to admit may have noticed, staying out at night can be difficult without pairing your drinking with a shot of caffeine. Luckily, it is possible to responsibly combine coffee with booze without resorting to a dreaded Vodka Red Bull — though, maybe, not at your office desk first thing in the morning — and a number of cocktails manage to pair the two successfully. So what are some drinks that combine coffee and alcohol?
First and foremost, note that you do need to be careful when drinking and caffeinating. Studies have shown that mixing alcohol and energy drinks can have a similar effect on the human body to cocaine, which is bad news both for your body (cocaine use can cause organ damage, tooth decay, and heart failure) and brain (cocaine can also cause depression and psychosis, among other things). Caffeine is, after all, a stimulant, and alcohol is a depressant, but instead of canceling each other out, this mixture can wreak havoc on your insides. Then again, energy drinks have a sharper jolt than a shot of espresso (and unhealthy additions like guarana make everything worse), and an Irish coffee then and again won't cause much harm.
With that in mind, here some delicious drinks that combine coffee and alcohol.