Part whimsy, part coffee liqueur, brown cows bring out the kid in you. Original brown cow cocktails need nothing more than Kahlua and milk, and have such low alcohol content you can almost drink them with same abandon as the iced coffee they're based on. Brown cows are also just an ingredient or two away from classic root-beer floats. You can put an adult spin on classic root-beer floats a couple of ways: Incorporate root-beer flavored vodka in a brown cow; or add root beer, ice cream and shaved dark chocolate.
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Fill a champagne flute with crushed ice. Moisten the rim of the champagne flute and dip it in sweetened cocoa powder or brown sugar, if desired.
Add 1 2-ounce shot of Kahlua.
Top off the ice with milk. Sprinkle nutmeg on a stirrer stick and drop it in the drink.
Smirnoff's Brown Cow
Fill a rocks glass or other short, wide glass with ice cubes.
Add 2 parts milk and 1 part each root-beer vodka and Irish cream liqueur to a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice.
Strain the brown cow into the glass. Add a stirring stick.
Brown Cow Variation
Pour 1 to 1 1.2 inches of coffee liqueur in a tall, chilled sundae glass.
Add a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream. Add enough root beer to reach almost to the rim of the glass, leaving enough room for whipped cream.
Spoon whipped cream on the brown cow to taste. Garnish with shaved-chocolate curls and serve with a spoon and straw.