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The Roast and Toast – A Bourbon and Coffee Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall

A great winter amaro cocktail, with warm flavors, and cold brew recipe, this is a great treat where you can use fire for the garnish!


We were playing around with some of our boozy marshmallows and one thing we kept doing was toasting them because lets be honest, who doesn’t like toasting marshmallows? And while our boozy marshmallows were fantastic, we really thought a cocktail would be in order. We kept kicking around ideas that would work well with a toasted Peppermint Mocha marshmallow, so then we decided to embrace the mocha part and make a coffee cocktail, the Roast and Toast.


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The Roast and Toast cocktail. Untoasted marshmallow on cocktail pick. Coffee, fir branch, orange and coffee grinder in background

Stemless Wine Glasses

Cold Brew Coffee

The Roast and Toast combines the sugary sweet toasted marshmallow and the rich robustness of a dark roast coffee. We then added amaro so this cocktail has a cool presentation and delicious flavor. The Roast and Toast is also a cocktail that is a study in contrasts, with cool spirits set against the warmth of a freshly toasted marshmallow. The sweet of the marshmallow playing off of the slight bitter notes of the coffee.

The Roast and Toast cocktail in glass. Untoasted marshmallow on cocktail pick.

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We started out by brewing up a pot of rich dark roast and setting it aside to cool, or use a cold brew recipe.  We wanted something that would pair up nicely with the robust coffee, so we turned to our go to spirit, bourbon! This brings a boozy burst to the cocktail. The bourbon brings a caramel sweetness and hints of vanilla and malt that brings out the roasted notes of the coffee while balancing the bitter bite of the coffee.

The brown Roast and Toast cocktail with flame on culinary torch for marshmallow. Coffee, fir branch in background

Culinary Torch

To further enhance the classic pairing of coffee and bourbon, we added some amaro to the mix. Amaro brings a nice complex mix of spices, herbs and a hint of sweetness in a bold flavor. This can pull out the subtle dark notes of the coffee and the hints of vanilla and citrus in the bourbon. The complexity creates layers of flavor that teases your taste buds while sipping away.

cold brew recipe cocktail in glass with marshmallow on fire. Orange, fir branch and reamer in background

What Other Flavors Did We Add?

Our final additions to the Roast and Toast were to add some fresh squeezed orange juice and some Brulee liqueur. We had previously used the Brulee liqueur in our Campfire Mule, which paid homage to the roasted marshmallow! In this case though, you probably won’t be able to get your hands on some, use amaretto, as it’s the closest flavor to what we want in this cocktail!

When added into the coffee, bourbon and amaro, the amaretto adds a rich sweetness while packing a nice boozy punch.

cold brew recipe cocktail, toasted marshmallow in glass, melting browned marshmallows on cocktail pick

Bamboo Garnish Picks / Stemless wine glasses

What Ingredients are Needed for the Cold Brew Recipe?

  • Brulee Liquor
  • Amaro
  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Marshmallow
  • Bourbon
  • Orange Juice


We wanted the Roast and Toast to have a great presentation, so we decided it should be served with a flaming marshmallow atop the glass. We garnished the cocktail with one of our boozy marshmallows. When ready to serve, we fired up the marshmallow with our culinary torch and served the drink.


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We allowed the marshmallow to toast to the drinker’s perfect level of roast, and when ready to drink, blow the fire out! Make sure to eat the marshmallow along with the drink. Not only does this look awesome, it is a fun culinary experience to go along with your great drink!




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The Roast and Toast, brown cocktail in glass with toasted marshmallow on cocktail pick. Orange, coffee grinder, greenery, coffee beans in jar in background
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The Roast and Toast - Cold Brew Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A lovely and deep flavored cocktail with coffee and bourbon, as well as amaro. Plus, you can light things on fire!


Roast & Toast Coffee Cocktail

  • 1.50 ounces bourbon
  • 1.25 ounces amaro
  • .50 ounce amaretto
  • 2 ounces cold brew coffee
  • .25 ounce orange juice
  • 1 marshmallow


Make the cold brew coffee 12-24 hours before making the cocktail.

Add bourbon, coffee, orange juice, amaro and brulee liqueur to a shaker.

Add ice.

Shake and strain into a large rocks glass.

Skewer the marshmallow on a bamboo spear or a cocktail pick.

When ready to serve, light the marshmallow on fire with a culinary torch.

Before drinking, blow the fire out, take a bite of the marshmallow with a sip of your cocktail.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Total Fat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 42.7gFiber: 0gSugar: 33.7gProtein: 0.4g

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Sasha @ Eat Love Eat

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Cool! Nice touch with the flaming marshmallow.

The 'Noms.

Saturday 7th of January 2017

Thank you!


Sunday 1st of January 2017

Wow, this is amazing. I love the boozy marshmallow!

Kaleigh McMoride

Friday 30th of December 2016

I got a kitchen torch for Christmas. I can't wait to make this!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 1st of January 2017

They are so much fun! Enjoy using it!

Elaine @ Dishes Delish

Tuesday 27th of December 2016

Holy Moly this looks so delicious! I can't wait to serve it to dinner guests! Awesome photos!

The 'Noms.

Friday 30th of December 2016

Thank you! Hope you get to try it out! Cheers!

Heather with WELLFITandFED

Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Sending this to my husband. STAT. he will love this!

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Hope he will enjoy it! Cheers!

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