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30
Jun
13

More Adult Drinks!


More adult drinks we’ve made this summer that proved successful (yes, gentle reader, some of our “brilliant” ideas were a disaster. I confess!):

Brandy and Chocolate Mint

AdltDrnk1a

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 1 ounce Chocolate Mint Vodka *
  • 1 ounce MimiCreme
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  • ground cinnamon or cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Combine the brandy, vodka, MimiCreme and cracked ice in a shaker. Shake for 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a chilled old fashioned glass. Garnish with cinnamon or cocoa powder.

* Chocolate Mint Vodka

  • 1 bottle vodka
  • 4 cocoa beans
  • Sprig fresh mint leaves

Directions

  1. Combine vodka and cocoa beans in a sealable container and store in a warm, dry place. Agitate the mixture 2 or 3 times a day for 1 week.
  2. Six hours before serving, add the mint leaves. Strain through a coffee filter into a bottle, seal and store in your freezer.

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Grasshopper

AdltDrnk2aMy variation on the theme…

Serves 1

My variation on a theme…

Directions

  • 1 ounce Chocolate Mint Vodka (see above)
  • 1 ounce Creme de Cacao (I used DeKuyper kosher brand)
  • 1 ounce MimiCreme
  • Drop of green food coloring – (optional, I used Lieber’s brand)
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  • 1 teaspoon white chocolate shavings
  • sprig of mint

Directions

  1. Combine the vodka, Creme de Cacao, food coloring (optional), and cracked ice. Shake for 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass. Garnish with white chocolate shavings and a sprig of mint.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

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Coffee Liqueur


Making your own infused liqueurs is not only simple, it produces delicious results and the combinations are only limited by your imagination. One of my favorites is Coffee Liqueur, which I use as an ingredient for various recipes and drinks. Coffee Liqueur, according to legend, was first made somewhere in the Caribbean during 17th century when someone accidentally spilled rum into their coffee… Hopefully it was not at breakfast time!

Coffee Liqueur

Ingredients

  • 750 ml of either: vodka, rum, brandy, or cognac
  • 1 cup instant coffee powder
  • 2 1/4 cups maple syrup
Directions
  1. Decant the 750ml of liquor into a 2 quart glass container, with a tight fitting lid.
  2. Add the coffee powder to the container and stir to combine. Allow for infusion while keeping the container away from sunlight in a cool place for a month; shake it three times a week.
  3. When the intensity of flavor meets your taste. strain liqueur through a coffee filter into a bowl. Discard any solids.
  4. Add the maple syrup to taste.
  5. Pour the liqueur into a bottle. Age for one month away from light and heat.
Adding two teaspoons of vanilla extract with the coffee powder will smooth out the flavor.
I recently found this easy recipe for a delicious barbeque sauce made with Coffee Liqueur on Food.com

Photo from: handyrecipes.com

Coffee Liqueur Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1 tablespoon grated horseradish
  • 1 cup orange blossom honey
  • 1 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 6 ounces espresso (4 shots)
  • 1/2 cup coffee liqueur

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat cook garlic for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes.
  5. Pour into a blender and puree to smooth.

I sometimes add a 1/4 teaspoon of dried crushed red pepper to add some extra flavor

I’ve been making the coffee liqueur for a number of years and find that it’s every bit as good as the major brands (which are getting harder to find kosher). I tried the barbeque sauce a few times with chicken, this summer, and found it absolutely delectable.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS




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