Red Eye Coffee Recipe
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What Is A Red Eye Coffee?
A red eye coffee or red eye espresso is probably one of the most caffeinated drinks around- a shot of espresso mixed with brew coffee! Similar to how an Americano is an espresso shot with hot water, in a red eye drink, you replace the water with brewed coffee. As you can imagine, this is one very potent drink.
The red eye recipe is named after a type of flight in the US, called a red eye flight which are overnight flights going from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. Basically, if you need to stay alert and awake all night, this is the drink to go for. Red eye coffee is also known by other names like Black Eye, Shot In The Dark, and Black Hole. In some cafes, a red eye coffee might be a double shot of espresso while in chains like Starbucks, the standard is one shot of espresso.
Triple Red Eye
This is what it sounds like- a whopping three shots of espresso mixed with brewed coffee. At Starbucks, this is sold as ‘green eye coffee’ while other cafes call it ‘dead eye coffee’.
Iced Red Eye Coffee
To make an iced red eye coffee, simply replace your hot brewed coffee with iced coffee instead.
Green Eye Coffee
This drink is exclusive to Starbucks, which involves three shots of espresso with either hot or cold regular coffee.
First make your brewed coffee. You can use a French Press, Pour-Over, or AeroPress. Pick a roast and flavor profile that you like.
When your brewed coffee is ready, start on your espresso. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you’ll need a Moka pot. In a pinch, you can also try a French Press espresso.
Combine the espresso and brewed coffee, and serve! You can also try this with iced coffee for an iced red eye. Remember not to have too many of these, even a single red eye drink is packed with caffeine!
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