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Espresso Infused Vodka

Coffee Beans
Coffee Infused

I’ve been making Espresso Martinis for a while now and wondered how I could make it a more intense flavour without watering down the amount of alcohol or making too bitter. I hit upon the idea of creating a espresso vodka infusion to use as the base.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of whole Espresso Coffee Beans (or Other Dark Roast Beans)
  • 1 litre of Vodka

Method

  1. Roughly crush the coffee beans using a pestle and mortar.
  2. Add to a sterilised 1.5 ltr KIlner jar, and pour over the Vodka.
  3. Seal and allow the beans to steep in a cool dark place for 7 days (or at least a minimum of 2 days if you can’t wait)
  4. Strain through muslin to remove the solids, and again through a coffee filter if you want a clear liquid.
  5. Decant to a bottle and enjoy responsibly….. I’ll be using it in a ‘Coffee Ciapiroskwa’ (recipe to follow)

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as manufacturers change the base ingredients of their products frequently.

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini
Espresso Martini
Picture by Valentin David on Flickr

This sophisticated coffee cocktail is best drank at elevenses for a little pick-me-up! Hopefully “the sun is over the yard-arm” somewhere in the world by then!

I use chilled espresso rather than a coffee liqueur for that good old caffeine kick

Serves 1 – Gluten Free*

Ingredients

  • 50ml/2fl oz vodka
  • 25ml/1fl oz Galliano, or similar liqueur
  • 1 tsp Gomme or sugar syrup
  • 25ml/1fl oz freshly brewed and chilled Espresso coffee
  • 3 coffee beans, for garnish

Method

  1. Fill a Boston Shaker half full with cracked ice
  2. Add the vodka, liqueur, syrup and fresh coffee
  3. Shake hard to ensure a foam.
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the coffee beans.

Enjoy responsibly…..

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as manufacturers change the base ingredients of their products frequently.

Rhubarb Vodka

Rhubarb sticks
Rhubarb

Rhubarb is just coming into season, and I’m looking forward to eating the varied crumbles, like my Rhubarb and Blood Orange Crumble, and pies that this fruit that is really a vegetable (see Mackerel with Rhubarb) can be used for, I always end up with a glut. This year in preparation for that I found a good recipe for a rhubarb and vodka infusion that I’m going to have to try, although I’m not sure I can wait that long…

Makes 1 litre – Gluten Free*

Ingredients

  • 1 litre vodka
  • 4 rhubarb sticks (ripe red not green ones)
  • ½ lemon, zest only
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tbsp sugar

Method

  1. Crush rhubarb with a mortar and pestle and place in a kilner jar with sugar and leave to macerate for two days.
  2. Add the cloves, cinnamon and zest and cover with vodka.
  3. Leave the jar in a cool dark place for 3 weeks, but shake daily.
  4. Filter through muslin, re-bottle and leave for 3 months before drinking.

Serve responsibly with tonic over ice or as a base to a Rhubarb-tini

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as manufactures change the base ingredients of their products frequently.

Vespa Martini

Vespa Martini
Vespa Martini

This is my favourite Cocktail, it’s a strong one so don’t plan on drinking too many, otherwise plan a day in bed the following day..

The drink was invented and named by fictional secret agent James Bond in Casino Royale.

“A dry martini,” [Bond] said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”
“Oui, monsieur.”
“Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”
“Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
“Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,” said Leiter.
Bond laughed. “When I’m…er…concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”
Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

Ingredients

  • 3 measures (75 ml) 90% Proof Dry Gin
  • 1 measure (25 ml) 100% Proof Vodka (normally branded as Blue)
  • 1/2 measure (12.5ml) Lillet Blanc (Kina brand was reformulated in the  1980’s, to remove the Quinine and other bitter flavours. Lillet Blanc is the nearest substitute, although it’s a bit sweeter)
  • 1 thin slice of lemon zest

Method

  1. Shake over ice until well chilled
  2. Strain into a deep Martini glass
  3. Garnish with the Lemon Zest
  4. Drink (responsibly)…….

Wear your best Dress Suit and Black Tie to complete the ‘James Bond’ experience…..

My name? Bond, James Bond!