When mixing up an espresso or coffee based martini the important thing to remember is proportion, proportion, proportion! Through experimentation (some successes, some failures, but all enjoyable) we find that the best espresso martinis always have approximately equal parts coffee and flavor (liquor, syrup, etc.) to vodka (or alternative spirit). While you can vary the... Continue Reading →
Sometimes referred to as Puerto Rican Eggnog, the Coquito is a holiday favorite savored by people of all cultures. This recipe offers a twist on the classic with the inclusion of coffee. Adding coffee, coconut, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the sugar cane based spiced rum, results in a holiday ready treat designed to invigorate and excite every palate. Enjoy, but be careful it packs a surprising punch!
The Bushwacker cocktail, named after a bar patron's constant canine companion, originated in the 1970's in the Virgin Islands. It was brought stateside and continued rising in popularity at beach-side bars in Florida, eventually being bottled and sold at liquor stores. While the recipe has morphed and grown on its journey towards popularization, the delicious mix of coconut, chocolate, and rum has remained at its tasty core. I have deconstructed and re-imagined this delightful cocktail as a holiday ready espresso rumtini. Enjoy!
It has been suggested that the Pharisäeer Kaffee originated in the 19th century at a baptismal celebration. The father, a local German farmer, decided to add rum to the guest's coffee as a surprise. This concoction was then topped with whipped cream to mask the odor of the alcohol from the unsuspecting pastor. The result was this lovely, soon to become a traditional, German rum coffee. Incidentally, do not stir this drink before imbibing. Traditionally, anyone caught stirring would be responsible for getting the next round. Enjoy!
Always up for a challenge, I have been tasked with creating a flaming Spanish coffee. This dangerous cup is made with coffee, rum, spirits, spices, and whipped cream. If you are up for some hotness, grab a fire extinguisher and check out the video below to witness my attempt at NOT burning down the house!
"It was a dark and stormy night"
- Washington Irving
While this much-used phrase is often referred to as clichéd, the cocktail carrying its name is far from hackneyed! This beautiful drink is similar to a traditional Dark & Stormy. My version, of course, puts a twist on the classic by incorporating coffee. Enjoy!