Gilmore Girls-Inspired Cocktail Recipe: The Lorelai

Alright, so here's the thing: I have a broad definition of the word nerd. Until pretty recently, the socially-accepted nerd has looked like a white male into sci-fi and/or comics. Not that there's anything inherently wrong about that guy. Except for when he's a jerk (we all know one of those). This stereotype still probably the image that comes to mind for many of us when the words nerd or geek are thrown around. But something awesome has been happening under the surface for years, and is finally bubbling over in a big way: Not only have nerd and geek been reclaimed as a badge of pride, but other non-male, non-white people are coming out as nerds, too. I mean, they've always been there-- we just haven't had as much attention paid to us (or, in many cases, have to spend so much time defending our nerd cred that we give up looking for attention altogether). And while they may enjoy some good sci-fi or be into comics, "new" nerds might also be into Jane Austen or BBC dramas. Their idea of a superhero might be more Buffy than Superman. They're talking about things like intersectionality and racial representation. The definition of a nerd is expanding rapidly.

My personal, broad definition of nerd: A person who is really, REALLY into stories. Fantasy? Check. Sci-fi? Video games? Duh. BBC shows? Why not? If you're excited about stories in a ravenous kinda way, you might be a nerd.

All of this is to say: I'm a nerd, and one of the things I'm a big nerd for is The Gilmore Girls.

I discovered this show as an adult, which is the case for a lot of my nerdy obsessions, I guess. I'm a little sad that I didn't grow up with this characters, but I don't know if I would've appreciated them as much as a teenager. The adventures of Lorelai & Rory are always entertaining and heartening, and are laden with truly impressive dialogue (in quantity and quality) and some of the best pop culture one-liners anywhere.

This isn't a post to tell you all the things I love about Gilmore Girls. That post would never end. The point is to celebrate Lorelai Gilmore in a way that would hopefully make her proud: A boozy coffee drink.

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lorelaicoffeeiv

Let's do this:

Sara Galactica Cocktail Original Recipe: The Lorelai

Photos by Andrea Holodnick

 Ingredients

Lorelai cocktail ingredients
Lorelai cocktail ingredients
  • Heaping spoonful of sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 oz really good, strong, freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 oz aged rum. Dark or spiced rum would also work nicely here.
  • Whipped cream. You could make your own... But Lorelai wouldn't.
  • Sprinkles. Nonpareils are the only ones for me, but choose what you like (the more colorful the better!).

This recipe is all about the coffee. If you don't like coffee I can't promise you'll dig this, but I can promise that if you use shitty coffee, you'll get a shitty cocktail.

Hammerhead Coffee, small-batch roasted in Bellingham, Washington.
Hammerhead Coffee, small-batch roasted in Bellingham, Washington.

I used a locally roasted coffee from my friends at Hammerhead Coffee. They roast in small batches in a roaster named Homer. Have you ever held a bag of coffee so fresh the beans are still warm from the roaster? There's nothing better. If you don't already have a favorite local roaster find one! And if you can't find one near you, my homies at Hammerhead ship nationwide, see their website here. {Not an affiliate link, just a portal to really good coffee.}

Hammerhead Coffee, small-batch roasted in Bellingham, Washington.
Hammerhead Coffee, small-batch roasted in Bellingham, Washington.

Sigh. So beautiful.

Okay. So you know you need good coffee now, right?

Spoon a heaping dollop of sweetened condensed milk into your favorite coffee mug. I chose the appropriate Make every day a rainbow day mug from my collection here.

Lorelai cocktail, sweetened condensed milk.
Lorelai cocktail, sweetened condensed milk.

Pour coffee over sweetened condensed milk. Stir well, until smooth.

Lorelai cocktail: Coffee coffee coffee!
Lorelai cocktail: Coffee coffee coffee!
Lorelai cocktail: Coffee & sweetened condensed milk
Lorelai cocktail: Coffee & sweetened condensed milk

There's no need to feel bad if this isn't your first cup of the day.

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lorelai5cupsofcoffee

Add a shot of rum and stir again.

Lorelai cocktail: Sweetened condensed milk, coffee, rum.
Lorelai cocktail: Sweetened condensed milk, coffee, rum.

Top with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Lorelai cocktail: Sweetened condensed milk, coffee, rum, whipped cream.
Lorelai cocktail: Sweetened condensed milk, coffee, rum, whipped cream.

Don't hold back.

Lorelai cocktail: Sweetened condensed milk, coffee, rum, whipped cream, sprinkles.
Lorelai cocktail: Sweetened condensed milk, coffee, rum, whipped cream, sprinkles.

Admire:

Gilmore Girls cocktail: The Lorelai {sweetened condensed milk, coffee, rum, whipped cream, sprinkles}
Gilmore Girls cocktail: The Lorelai {sweetened condensed milk, coffee, rum, whipped cream, sprinkles}

And then follow Lorelai's lead.

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lorelaidrinksgiveusstrength

Enjoy!

- Actual Out.