What’s In That? Sure Shot Coffee

Fishers High School art teacher David Rawlins, who moonlights designing coffee drinks at Sure Shot, starts with a dash of black-walnut bitters. An orange peel is swiped around the rim of the Cortado glass. Mixing two sweeteners, simple syrup and agave nectar, balances the bitterness of the espresso without being too cloying. Two full shots of Brickhouse espresso, Sure Shot’s go-to bean for its lattes and popular Undertow coffee shots, add the perfect jolt with smoky, bourbon-like overtones. A kicky pour of ginger cocktail mixer, a common bar blender often used for Moscow Mules, adds depth and bite. Fresh mint, both muddled and as a garnish, adds freshness and a cleansing quality to the drink.

The Sure Shot Coffee bar is inside skate punk–fashion shop Vardagen (8684 E. 116th St., Fishers).

A graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, Terry Kirts hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE Indianapolis, Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007. A senior lecturer in creative writing at IUPUI, Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana, and he’s the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.