Hey Karan, This Filter Coffee Cocktail Is Ruling Our Hearts Now

Koffee With Karan fans, raise your hands! The epic season came to an end with the previous night’s special jury episode. Season seven of the popular talk show saw a line-up of many interesting celebrity guests like Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani and more, who spilled quite some delish secrets over simmering hot cup of ‘Koffee’, and while the season was have wrapped up a bit too soon, our love for coffee is here to stay. 

It’s a good thing that the International Coffee Day is also just around the corner, giving us yet another excuse to get a little experimental with our daily cup of joy, perhaps even make it a little boozy? While there are plenty of coffee-based cocktails out there, have you ever heard of or tried a filter coffee cocktail? 

Filter coffee, or ‘filter kaapi’ as we know it, is a traditional beverage that is much popular in South India, made by mixing frothed and boiled milk with the infusion obtained by percolation brewing of finely ground coffee powder in a small, traditional Indian filter.  

Legend has it that sometime in the 16th Century, Baba Budan - a revered Sufi saint from Karnataka - discovered coffee on his pilgrimage to Mecca. He wanted to grow some beans back in his hometown too, so he smuggled seven coffee beans from the Yemeni port of Mocha in his garments. The beans were planted in Chandragiri Hills in the Chikmagalur district of Mysore State and the rest, they say, is history. The British also played a part in popularising the beverage further, they boosted coffee plantations across Western ghats and gained good revenue. 

The Indian filter coffee was one of the most sought-after beverages in the India Coffee Houses run by the Coffee Board of India in the 1940s. Filter coffee is known for being a strong beverage as it is. Now, imagine adding a bit of whiskey to it. Here’s a recipe you must try soon.  


  • 50 ml Oaksmith® Gold Whiskey
  • 50 ml coconut milk
  • 30 ml filter coffee decoction
  • 45 ml dark jaggery syrup
  • Ice


  • Filter Coffee service ware


  • Add all the ingredients together in a shaker with ice and pass the liquid between the two shakers to mix. Just like how a professional coffee maker would ‘throw’ filter kaapi between two mugs. This will bring in a nice element of theatre into your drink.