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Mix Your Cold Brew Coffee With Oatmeal Stout To Make A Caffeinated Cocktail

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It's Friday. You're exhausted and hungover from all of the holiday hoo-hah. What you need is some energy. And a cocktail. Stat. And we don't mean a vodka Red Bull. We're talking about the real go-go juice -- the stuff that'd make Honey Boo Boo proud.

Now, it's public knowledge that we're a fan of cold brew cocktails. And we're also a fan of beer cocktails. But we hadn't thought about combining their two potent forces into a cold brew beer cocktail until our uncle brought the cocktail you see above to our holiday gathering this week.

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This particular mix including Firestone Walker's Velvet Merlin oatmeal stout, quality cold brew coffee and ice. Nothing more, nothing less. (Trust us. We tried adding Bailey's, and things got chunky, fast. That's not to say it wasn't tasty on the first few sips, but there's something quite repulsive about looking at a pint glass filled with stratified dairy that looks like some sort of botched science experiment. But we digress.)

What's important here is that you get good cold brew coffee and add about a quarter cup of it to each 12 oz. bottle of beer. Our uncle brought down an excellent batch of coffee from Coastal Peaks Roasters up in San Luis Obispo. We are big fans of the rocket fuel over at G & B, which you can tote away in bottles. They also sell Stumptown's cold brew at Sycamore Kitchen, which is a good stand-in. Then pour that over some ice in a pint glass. Crack open an oatmeal stout—we love the magical Velvet Merlins from Firestone—pour, stir, sip, and be amazed as all the stresses of the past week miraculously vanish.

Now you're ready to hit the town. Or catch up on "Homeland." Whatever floats your boat.