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  1. Photograph: Marzena Abrahamik
    Photograph: Marzena Abrahamik

    Le Chet Noir at Avec

  2. Photograph: Martha Williams
    Photograph: Martha Williams

    Carriage House Red Eye

  3. Photograph: Martha Williams
    Photograph: Martha Williams

    Breakfast of Champions at Fat Rice

  4. Photograph: Martha Williams
    Photograph: Martha Williams

    Millionaire's Coffee at Kingsbury Street Cafe

  5. Photograph: Martha Williams
    Photograph: Martha Williams

    Coffee Drank at Stella Barra

  6. Photograph: Johnny Auer
    Photograph: Johnny Auer

    Wake & Bake at Trenchermen

6 coffee cocktails to try at brunch

Move over, Bloody Mary. This spring, Chicago brunch spots are all about coffee cocktails

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Which brunch beverage to order always seems to present a challenge. Bloody Marys don’t work with sweet dishes. Just ordering coffee means you’re missing out on booze, one of the best parts of brunch.

Enter the coffee cocktail. Not only do you get a jolt of caffeine, you get some booze, too, whether it’s in the form of brandy, bourbon or RumChata. We've seen more and more lately (including some at our 20 best brunch restaurants). Here are six coffee cocktails to try at brunch this weekend.

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Coffee cocktails to drink at brunch

  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • West Loop
  • price 2 of 4

Le Chet Noir
Most brunch cocktails are upfront with their spiciness or sweetness, but not Avec’s elegant Le Chet Noir. Chilled coffee is spiked with a bit of bourbon, then there’s vanilla syrup for sweetness and a cherry garnish. You barely notice the alcohol in here, and it just tastes like a perfect iced latte.—Amy Cavanaugh

  • Restaurants
  • Creole
  • Wicker Park
  • price 2 of 4

Carriage House Red Eye
This combination of our two greatest vices (booze and caffeine) is heavy on the alcohol, but still way too sweet. The La Colombe cold press coffee would better balanced with a little less creme de cacao, but we certainly won't complain about the ratio of El Dorado 5 year rum. Order the Bloody Mary—which packs a lot of heat—as well, and alternate between the two.—Erin Delahanty

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  • Restaurants
  • South Asian
  • Logan Square
  • price 2 of 4

Breakfast of Champions
Fat Rice’s coffee cocktail would be delicious beyond brunch hours. Made with coffee, brandy, an egg white, lemon and chocolate bitters, it’s smooth and dry, with a frothy cap and bitter notes running through it. Its dryness means it works even when paired with main courses like shrimp lacassa, and especially with the custard egg tarts.—AC

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • River North
  • price 1 of 4

Millionaire’s Coffee
Yes, this coffee cocktail (coffee, RumChata, Kahlua, Frangelico, whipped cream) is something your mom would order, but for a different reason. Hers: because she loves Kahlua (the coffee liqueur is quite overpowering in this drink). Yours: because you are both hungover and tired.—Laura Baginski

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  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Lincoln Park
  • price 2 of 4

Coffee Drank
Served in a pint glass, this cocktail is made with Dark Matter cold brew, rum, bourbon, cream and vanilla, with nutmeg on top. It’s boozy, yes, but there’s enough coffee in here to skip a cup and it’s not so sweet that you can’t drink it while eating breakfast pizza.–AC

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Wicker Park
  • price 2 of 4

The Wake & Bake
The Wake & Bake—yes, that's the real name—tasted a lot like what we'd imagine a Frappuccino would taste like if you added booze to it (both coffee liqueur and Kringle cream). It's nice for those mornings when you need a coffee boost but still want to start drinking before noon. Plus, we can't complain whenever we have the opportunity to eat—or in this case, drink—Kringle.—ED

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