Web Exclusive: Tolkien’s Pipe

A smoky coffee cocktail with Scotch and tobacco simple syrup, courtesy of Three Crowns Coffee's Eric Squires
Photography By Grant Beachy | November 24, 2015


Recipe by Eric Squires, Three Crowns Coffee

Preheat an Irish coffee glass with a small amount of hot water. Brew the coffee. Discard the preheating water from the glass and add the Scotch, tobacco simple syrup and coffee. Stir well. In a canning jar with a lid add a small amount of heavy whipping cream and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Cream should thicken and nearly double in volume. Pour gently on top of drink and serve.

Tobacco Simple Syrup

Heat equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Stir to mix well. Remove simple syrup from heat and add pipe tobacco to taste. Allow to steep for approximately 20 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer. 

To make a nonalcoholic version, increase coffee to 3 ounces and omit Scotch.


Read more about Eric Squires and Three Crowns here, and experience Tolkien's Pipe as it's meant to taste when Eric prepares it for our December 4 Winter Issue Release Party!

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  • 2 ounces filter brewed coffee (we recommend Sumatra Mandheling, which is full-bodied, fruity and mildly acidic)
  • 1½ ounces Label 5 Classic Black Scotch or other smoky medium-peat blended Scotch
  • 2 teaspoons Tobacco Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
  • Hand-shaken whipped cream, to garnish
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