1. Drink It
The holiday fatigue is real. I won’t bullsh*t you, you’ve got a long day ahead of you.
With all the cooking, coordinating, and preparations you need to make, Thanksgiving Day is a bad time to go cold turkey on caffeine. (That’s the last “cold turkey” joke, I swear.)
Start Turkey Day off with a hot mug of The Strongest Coffee in the World for an early energy boost before you start taking on the Thanksgiving Day preparations.
Here’s a little-known lifehack: start downing your second cup of coffee before you start to feel tired. This will keep you feeling energetic longer than if you wait until you’re already feeling exhausted.
Plus, even if you have to be around your in-laws this Thanksgiving, at least you’ll have coffee to be your best friend to support you and help you get through the day.
2. Coffee-Infused Thanksgiving Dessert
Thanksgiving dessert feeling a little stale after having the same two flavors of pie every year since ‘87? Wake your guests up with a fresh coffee-infused dessert that you can make at home:
World’s Strongest Affogato
- 1 pot brewed Black Insomnia Dark Roast
- Vanilla bean ice cream
- All of your favorite ice cream toppings (chocolate syrup, chopped nuts, sea salt, caramel syrup, etc.)
Ok, you got me. Technically, an Italian affogato is made with vanilla gelato, not ice cream. But this is an affogato Americano—Hey, it is for Thanksgiving after all. But if you can find vanilla gelato at your local grocery store, feel free to use it in place of vanilla bean ice cream, for a more “authentic” Italian Thanksgiving.
- Scoop vanilla bean ice cream into a serving bowl or glass and top with your favorite toppings.
- Pour coffee over the top of ice cream and serve immediately.
- That’s it. Seriously. Enjoy!
If you really want to be fancy, sprinkle a few whole coffee beans on top just before serving.
This dessert takes only a few minutes to prepare from scratch, so we recommend making it fresh after dinner. But if you’d rather make it ahead, you can just scoop the ice cream into bowls or glasses, add your toppings, cover them with wrap, and put them in the freezer. When you’re ready to serve them, slowly pour the coffee over the ice cream and not directly onto the cold bowl or glass.
We recommend serving this alongside other classic Thanksgiving dessert staples. Why? The contrasts of bitter coffee undertones with sweetness, and the hot and cold temperatures, will trick your guests into thinking your pumpkin pie tastes better than it does.
3. Thanksgiving Coffee Cocktails
Like most Americans who spend Thanksgiving with their families, at some point during the night you’ll find yourself pining for those stiff after-dinner drinks they used to serve at restaurants back during the classy decades.
Well, pine no longer—Serve this unexpected Thanksgiving dessert cocktail that’s warm, comforting, and extremely simple to make. And since it’s made with The Strongest Coffee in the World, Black Insomnia, it’s the perfect thing to kick your guests in the ass when the turkey coma starts to set in.
Black Insomnia Cognitive
- 1 cup Black Insomnia (Dark Roast or Classic Roast)
- ½ cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 1-2 oz. Cognac
Don’t have a bottle of Hennessy VSOP lying around? Dog drink the last of your Remy Martin XO Louis XIII Whatever again? No worries—we give you permission to use your preferred brandy, whiskey, bourbon, or even a dark spiced rum as the base liquor. After two of these, we bet Uncle Frank won’t even be able to tell the difference.
- Brew a pot of Black Insomnia. Go ahead, I’ll wait for you.
- Combine all the ingredients in a large coffee mug and stir.
- Serve warm or on the rocks and enjoy immediately.
For extra after-dinner decadence, top with whipped cream and sprinkle any Thanksgiving dessert spices you have handy—ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, even brown sugar.
If you grind your own Black Insomnia at home, the whole beans make a classy garnish.
Whether you’re having a feast with the whole family, a Friendsgiving, or ordering DoorDash, after trying these you might find that coffee has been the thing missing from your Thanksgiving plans all these years.