What might have seemed like a gimmick years ago, now is an established period of reset for many drinkers. If you’re opting to try a #Dryuary yourself, we’ve got a few non-alcoholic options on the site that won’t have you missing any of the booze. Check these out!
Instead of hitting the Black Friday sales today (and let’s face it, it’s slim picking at this point since they all started on Monday anyways), let’s hit the home bar and think ahead towards the next several weeks. It’s going to be busy… you should have some cocktails ready.
Now, I named this spin on a Black Manhattan “Black Christmas” because it’s mostly a Black Manhattan with a touch of Allspice Liqueur, which is pretty much Christmas in a bottle. I did not name it to coincide with the remake of Black Christmas that is being released in a few weeks. If anything, I may have had the original Black Christmas movie in my head when naming it, not a remake, let’s be clear on this.
And this drink really is the brooding, moody sister to your classic Manhattan, except in a holiday sweater. The baking spices from the allspice liqueur provide a warm finish to the drink, which is a bit spicy from the rye at the start. The bittersweet Averna lends a nice balance to that spiciness (If you can’t find Averna near you, choose an amaro that leans a little on the sweeter side and not too vegetal. Ramazzotti would also work here.) Those baking spices give this inky drink an unexpected extra layer as well, which I appreciate. If you remember to add a brandied cherry then you’re really in for a treat.
And the best part of all this? It’s bottled with a water dilution so it just needs to chill and it’s ready to serve. No ice needed! No stirring! No fuss! Just what you need around the holidays to give you a few extra minutes of peace.
One thing to note: if you can wait a few weeks, age it all in the fridge. Letting it sit for about 4 weeks really allows the flavors to intermingle and I found the mouthfeel to be extra velvety. However, if you can’t wait, it’s great the same day as well. Just make sure it’s chilled well first.
Black Christmas Bottled Cocktail
8 ounces Rye
4 ounces Averna
2 ounces Allspice Liqueur (can’t find it where you are? MAKE IT!)
4 dashes Angostura bitters, or another aromatic bitters
4 dashes orange bitters
2 ounces water
brandied cherry garnish, optional
Combine all the ingredients in a large, spouted mixing glass, like Pyrex, that can accommodate at least 16 ounces, stir to combine, and then funnel into a swing top bottle. Store refrigerated until ready to serve. For one cocktail, portion out ~3.25 ounces into a cocktail coupe. Optionally top with a brandied cherry.
This post was made in partnership with Kerrygold Irish Cream. Recipe and ideas are my own.
This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. And to send everyone off, I’ve got one last summer drink with Kerrygold Irish Cream headed your way today. But first, a question. Have you ever had salted cream on your coffee or tea?
Right now I’ve noticed a big push at some national coffee chains where they’re advertising cold foam, or sweet cream, salted or unsalted, on their iced drinks. This may be a new concept for a lot of customers at these stores (especially with the near fanatical hype I’m seeing on some social channels for the stuff), but for several years now I’ve been getting salted cream topped tea at a restaurant called Din Tai Fung (which happens to have several locations here in SoCal and more world-wide). I had never heard of it before trying it there, and I have since gotten it every single time I go there for soup dumplings (which is all I want to eat when it’s winter here in LA). It’s basically whipped unsweetened cream that has a nice layer of salt sprinkled on top (and actually it may be lightly sweetened but as I gobble it up so fast every time I haven’t stopped to think about it). I get it atop black tea, but you can also get it with green as well.
Anyways, I also really love a tea syrup or tea infusion in my cocktails and the idea of adding a salted cream on top of one sounded, quite frankly, delicious to me. So, here we are today.
This is also a transitional cocktail in the sense that I’m incorporating tea into it, thinking ahead to cooler temps and warm sips by the fire; but for now I’ll enjoy that tea iced. The resulting flavor is quite unique here with a floral, bright, and fruity forwardness on the palate that finishes smooth with hints of chocolate and spice. Over ice it is light, with hits of salty richness from the cream. Bergamot, the flavor associated with Earl Gray tea, has always tasted a little like Fruity Pebbles cereal to me, and here that citrus/fruitiness provides a nice contrast to the cream found in the Kerrygold and the topping. I think this would be a nice cocktail for happy hour, enjoyed outside during these last few weeks of summer.
Salted Cream Earl Gray Tea Cocktail
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1-1/2 ounces bourbon
3/4 ounce Kerrygold Irish Cream
1/2 ounce Earl Gray tea syrup (recipe follows)
1/3 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice (about half a medium lemon)
pinch black salt or pink salt, optional
- Make your salted cream by beating the heavy cream a few minutes until just about soft peaks form. Stir in sea salt. Set aside.
- Next, in a shaker 2/3 filled with ice, pour in bourbon, Kerrygold Irish Cream, Earl Gray tea syrup, and lemon juice. Shake hard about 20 seconds, and then strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
- Top the cocktail with the salted cream and optionally sprinkle some additional black or pink salt for added saltiness and contrasting color.
Earl Gray Tea Syrup
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
2 bags Earl Gray tea
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water over high heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Bring to just about a boil and then remove from heat. Add in tea bags and let steep, covered, for 30 minutes. Then strain into an airtight container. Use immediately or refrigerate up to one month.
We are back this month with another fun Make or Buy project, which also just happens to be something you can shelve away for holiday presents later this year. Today, we’re talking Luxardo Cherries.
There are lots of recipes for using other liquors when it comes to preserving cherries. Brandied cherries are very popular, but I’ve also seen whiskey and rum used. And while I happen to have some other varieties of this booze soaked fruit in a my pantry (including the newest addition from Copper & Kings), the Luxardo brand has been in my house the longest. And I happen to have had a bottle of Luxardo Maraschino liqueur that needed to get used, so I thought now would be a good time for a homemade batch.
Depending on where you live in the country, cherry season is any time between April and August. So technically we’re really right at the end of the season. Cherries might start to lose some of their flavor now, but fear not, they’ll still be tasty after a long bath in Luxardo.
Homemade maraschino cherries are going to look a bit different from the jarred cherries you might be used to. If I say “maraschino cherry” and you picture something bright red, well, this will be way different for you. If you’re used to Luxardo or Amarena you might be expecting a thick syrup. Well, sorry to say this, but that thick syrup is usually the result of the additive glucose into the mix. The homemade cherries here are in a much lighter syrup but I’ve given a note in the recipe if you’re looking for more viscosity.
Now, even with the note about glucose in the syrup, Luxardo cherries are still a delicious store bought brand and unless you’ve canned a bunch of jars in the summer, you’re going need to restock at the store. Luxardo cherries also feel very luxe, and quite frankly, are really easy to eat. So let’s look at the pros and cons of each.
To buy: Luxardo Cherries
- Available all year round
- Consistent flavor
- Ready made
- Contains additives
- High price point
- Unable to change flavor profile
To make: homemade Luxardo Cherries
- Easy to make
- Can change the flavor profile and/or syrup consistency to suit tastes
- Tastes of fresh cherries
- You have to make the product
- Sourcing Luxardo liqueur may be difficult depending on your area
- Must can the cherries for them to last longer than a month
Homemade Luxardo Cherries
- 1 pound cherries, pitted
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 lemon peel
- 5 black peppercorns
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup Luxardo liqueur
First, optionally remove stems if you have not so done already. Next, in a medium sized saucepan, combine water, sugar, cinnamon stick, lemon peel, peppercorns, nutmeg, and salt. Stir to dissolve sugar and bring to just under a boil. Lower heat to a simmer for 5 minutes and then stir in cherries. Coat cherries in the syrup and then remove from heat. Stir in the Luxardo liqueur and let mixture sit until cooled. At this point you can store the cherries in the fridge up to one month, or you can can them and store in a cool, dry place.
Note: if you would like a thicker syrup for your cherries, you can do one, two, or a combination of things. First, make a richer syrup with a 2:1 sugar to water ratio. Second, you can add in marasca cherry juice that you can reduced by half into the mix. This will some additional mouthfeel and an even more pronounced cherry flavor. Third, you can combine both the richer syrup and cherry juice and reduce to a thick syrup.
This post was made in partnership with Kerrygold Irish Cream. Recipe and ideas are my own.
When I speak with friends and readers about what they’re drinking this summer, I’ve gotten a lot of answers along the lines of simple, at home recipes, or maybe some light and refreshing Sangria when they’re out for brunch or happy hour. I don’t hear very often of dessert cocktails as there sometimes can be a stigma surrounding them. So of course I had to set out to create one that all of you can enjoy this summer.
Sweet cocktails can many times feel too heavy, like you’ve just drank a bowl of ice cream, and honestly, no one should have to endure that. What I like about this drink is that while it leans towards a “dessert” it most definitely is not heavy. It walks the line between being light while also having a nice richness to it. That unexpected smoky flavor also gives it depth. Sound good so far?
I’m back again with Kerrygold Irish Cream, who provide some richness with cream and a touch of chocolate to the drink. I thought that those chocolate notes would pair really well with some dried Oaxacan chiles I had in my pantry which have a sweet, smoky aroma to them. If you can’t find any Oaxacan chiles, try guajillo peppers instead. I also wanted to punch up the chocolate factor here and added in some chocolate liqueur (and if you’ve been following along with my summer recipes then here’s another recipe with chocolate liqueur for you to try!). Lastly, to round it out I added in some lime juice for balance.
The resulting drink has a smooth and rich mouthfeel with smoky undertones, creaminess from the kerrygold, and a slightly bittersweet profile. Zingy lime flavor and spice from the rum with chocolate and spice aromas. In short, not what you think of when you hear dessert cocktail. So let’s mix some up!
Kerrygold Chocolate Chile Cocktail
1-1/2 ounces aged rum
3/4 ounce Kerrygold Irish Cream
1/2 ounce Oaxacan chiles syrup (recipe follows)
1/4 ounce chocolate liqueur
1/2 ounce lime juice
In a shaker filled 2/3 with ice, combine aged rum, Kerrygold Irish Cream, Oaxacan chiles syrup, chocolate liqueur, and lime juice. Shake about 20 seconds and strain into a coupe glass.
Oaxacan Chiles Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 large or 2-3 small dried Oaxacan chiles
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar and water. Stir to dissolve all the sugar and then add the whole dried chiles. Bring to a boil, and then lower to a simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep 1-2 hours, covered. Strain into an airtight container and store refrigerated up to one month.
This post was made in partnership with Kerrygold Irish Cream. Recipe and ideas are my own.
How’s your summer going? I keep hearing from other people that their summer is pretty much over… as of August 12th (!!!) because their kids are starting school. When did that start happening? I’m all for changing up the school system a bit but come on. August!!?? It’s so hot! Everyone should be eating popsicles!
And speaking of popsicles, I hope all you adults reading this with or without kids are getting in your quota of popsicles this summer. Based on a single comment from an Instagram reader earlier this year I made it my goal throughout summer to offer up a handful of “adult” popsicle ideas (no, not sexy popsicles, boozy popsicles). Today I’ve based this popsicle on what was my favorite ice cream flavor as a kid: mint chocolate.
Mint and chocolate are such a perfect pairing in my mind that every time my husband tells me he ABHORS the two flavors together I want to throw a shoe at him. The nerve! It’s SO good! And I hope you all agree with me!
As some of you might know, I’ve teamed up with Kerrygold Irish Cream this summer to create some FUN recipes to enjoy in these warm months (Southern Hemisphere readers, bookmark these for your summer!). And today, Kerrygold Irish Cream is kicking in some creamy, chocolate flavors with a touch of Irish Whiskey with these minty fresh popsicles. To make them extra rich, we’re using two types of coconut milk, and a touch of chocolate liqueur for additional chocolate flavor! These aren’t dairy free (because Kerrygold has cream in it) but I find that using the coconut milk creates a much richer popsicle with a better mouth feel. Sometimes just milk creates an “icy” popsicle and I wasn’t looking for that here. Optionally, I’ve also added as a topping some white chocolate that I’ve colored green… reminiscent of that classic ice cream color. Also, I like any excuse to create some magic shell.
If your summer popsicle quota is starting to lag, consider making this sweet treat! At least the adults can enjoy what’s left of the summer.
Kerrygold Mint Chocolate Popsicles
2.5 ounces Kerrygold Irish Cream
1 ounce chocolate liqueur
3/4 teaspoon mint extract
1 ounce rich syrup (2:1 sugar to water)
6 ounces light coconut milk
4.5 ounces full fat coconut milk
In a large mixing glass with a spout, combine the Kerrygold Irish Cream, chocolate liqueur, mint extract, rich syrup, and both coconut milks. Whisk to combine and strain into popsicle molds. Freeze for 24 to 48 hours. When ready to serve, let sit about 3-5 minutes, and then un-mold.
Green Chocolate Magic Shell
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 to 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil
1 pinch sea salt
In a microwave safe bowl, combine white chocolate chips, coconut oil, and salt. Microwave on high 30 seconds, stir, and then repeat microwaving at 20 second intervals, stirring between, until melted and smooth. Let cool to room temp and use. Can be stored in the refrigerator up to one month. Gently rewarm cold magic shell in the microwave in short bursts, stirring between.
In this month’s Make or Buy series we’re thinking ahead to the holidays. Yes… I’m aware that’s 6 months away, but with this ingredient you need to think into the future. Far, far into the future. Because today we’re making vanilla extract.
But is that a cocktail ingredient you might ask? The very simple is yes, it can be. But it’s also an ingredient you get to make with booze, and one which takes SIX months minimum to infuse, so we’re talking about it today. And why mention the holidays Elana? Well, for one, it’s an ingredient you probably use a lot of to bake holiday things with like cookies. And two, it’s a great gift to give someone, especially at a time when we’re all gifting something to someone. So, Christmas in July it is!
Before we get into the pros and cons of the homemade versus the store bought, I just wanted to let you know a little about vanilla beans. For one, if you decide to go the homemade route, you may run into some sticker shock when you see bean prices. Vanilla beans, you see, are a huge pain in the butt to grow. They require very high humidity environments, the flowers need to be hand pollinated (where you get a little flower dust from one plant and paint it onto another plant), and the flower blooms in like, one day and you only have that one day to pollinate the plant. Once the pods are picked, they need to cure in the sun for upwards of a year. It’s labor intensive work done by humans, humans who should be paid a living wage for their work, and that comes with a price tag. You will find vanilla beans from places like Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, and Mexico as well as a score of other places. There are two main types of vanilla: Tahitian and Planifolia. However, that in combination with where they are grown produces their unique flavors and aromas. I’d suggest doing some research first and decide what flavor profile you’d prefer before going the homemade route. One last note: grade type. There are Grade A and Grade B vanilla beans. Grade B is for extract, so buy those.
Another note here is that I am using bourbon instead of vodka for the base. You mostly definitely can use a neutral spirit for making an extract like this, in fact, most would be done that way. However, I wanted to use the flavors found in bourbon to complement vanilla this time for a more robust flavor profile.
I have two store bought vanillas that I interchangeably use and I thought I’d present both here because they represent two ends of the store bought spectrum, the not too pricey grocery store variety, and the fancier, way more expensive variety. Depending on your budget and need, these are both great buys for a ready made vanilla. I happen to live near the grocery store Sprouts so I’ve been using their organic vanilla extract and that is fine. However, I also occasionally splurge and purchase Nielsen-Massey vanilla as well. There was a time that because of my job, I could purchase this practically at cost and I got very used to their awesome vanillas and other products, but they are definitely on the higher end as far as vanillas go. The Nielsen-Massey vanillas have more varieties to choose from, and therefor one can get more of the type of vanilla they are looking for. For example, their Tahitian is more flowery, while their Madagascar Bourbon is more robust. These flavors do come across in the final products you use them in, but if you’re just looking to add a touch of vanilla to some cookies you’re fine with both. However, if you’re looking for vanilla aromas to use in a cocktail where it needs to work with the other ingredients, you may want to go for the higher end product.
So let’s look at the pros and cons of both the store bought and the homemade, shall we?
To buy: Sprouts Organic Vanilla Extract ($) // Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon ($$$)
- Readily available in store or online
- Great vanilla taste
- Consistent flavors
- Can be pricey
- Not refillable
- Limited to availability
To make: Bourbon Vanilla Extract
- Strong vanilla aroma
- Refillable (can be topped off with more alcohol to extend product)
- Sourcing quality beans can be difficult
- Extract takes a minimum 6 month to one year to make
- Flavors may not be consistent depending on vanilla bean batches
Homemade Bourbon Vanilla Extract
15 vanilla beans, 4″ in length (about 1 ounce of vanilla beans)
8 ounces of bourbon, Wild Turkey 101 used here
Chop your vanilla beans in pieces about 1″ long and place in an air-tight, non reactive container (like a Ball jar). Pour bourbon over beans, seal, and gently shake. Let sit in a dark, cool place for the next 6 months. Shake the jar at least once a week or more as this helps speed up the infusion by moving everything around. At the 6 month mark, take a taste. This will be ready to use at this point but if you’d like to get a stronger vanilla taste, you can continue to let this sit, agitating occasionally for up to one year. You can also add some additional bourbon to top off as needed when it starts to uncover the vanilla beans. When desired taste has been reached, fine strain out the vanilla beans and bottle. Discard beans. Keep in a dry, cool place.
We are currently running through a pint of strawberries every few days at our house. Regardless of the weather outside, it doesn’t really feel like summer to me until the berries start rolling in. As per usual, I overbuy and then have to look for ways other than just straight eating them. So, for this month’s Make or Buy, we’re looking at strawberry liqueur!
Strawberry liqueur is super versatile, and I think especially tasty during the summer, but also nice to have on hand as summer turns towards fall. You can splash it into some club soda, flavor a multitude of cocktails, but my most favorite way is to use it in a Margarita (because of course!). If you make it, please let me know how you use YOUR bottle!
- Readily available online and in stores
- Long shelf life (6+ months)
- Consistent flavor and color
- Muted strawberry flavor and color
- Cannot change viscosity or sweetness level
- Alcohol is more pronounced than strawberry flavor
To Make: Strawberry Liqueur
- Short wait time to make
- Fresh strawberry flavor and strong strawberry aroma
- Bright, beautiful color
- Can adjust sweetness levels
- You must make the liqueur
- Not immediately available
- Flavor and color may not be consistent
- Bad batch of strawberries can ruin flavor of liqueur
And how do they compare in a cocktail? Well, of course I had to try both liqueurs out in my Strawberry Margarita recipe. Usually I would also add fresh strawberries in, but since I was testing out to compare side by side with the liqueurs I left them out (but I do highly suggest adding a few slices and muddling them in!). The store bought liqueur had a strong strawberry taste and slightly spicy flavor added to the Margarita. The color was significantly darker as well. The homemade liqueur Margarita was lighter in flavor, color, and body. Not necessarily a bad thing, just different. Both were definitely strawberry in aroma but each one on opposite ends of flavor and color.
1 pint (16 ounces) strawberries, roughly chopped
1-3/4 cups vodka
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
- Combine the strawberries and vodka in an airtight jar. Shake to combine and let sit for three days in a cool, dark place. After three days, strain through fine cheesecloth or a nut bag (my preferred way!) and make sure all small bits are removed. Discard strawberries.
- Next, make the rich syrup by combining sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved and let the mixture come to a boil and immediately remove from the heat. Let cool to room temperature and combine with the strawberry liquid. Let sit an additional day to meld. Then liqueur is ready to use. Store in a cool, dry place or refrigerator up to three months.
1-1/2 ounces tequila blanco
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 ounce strawberry liqueur
salt for rim
strawberry slices for garnish, optional
First, squeeze your lime juice and set aside. Using the spent lime shell, rub around the outside rim of the glass and roll rim in salt. Set glass aside. In a mixing glass filled 2/3 with ice, combine, tequila, lime juice and strawberry liqueur. Shake 20 seconds and strain into prepared glass. Optionally add strawberry slices to glass to garnish.
As much as I love a delicately twisted lemon peel, or light up ice cube, hands down my favorite cocktail garnish is a cocktail onion. That combination of sweet onion, still crunchy, in a spiced vinegar brine hits all the right notes for me. So, today we’ll compare my homemade recipe versus store bought for this month’s Make or Buy post!
Now, there are not as many cocktail recipes that call for a cocktail onion for a garnish as opposed to, let’s say, an orange peel. But this doesn’t mean it should be relegated to an afterthought in Sunday’s bottomless Bloody Mary brunch. The austere Martini gets transformed into the cheerful Gibson by simply removing the olives (or lemon twist), and adding a cocktail onion. A Spanish-style gin and tonic gets a briny boost from the addition of a cocktail onion or two. And if you’re making the Indian Fresh Lime Soda Sweet and Salty (see my spiked version here), then you want to garnish with both a cherry and an onion. I also like them in a Spicy Tomato Water Martini too.
Your grocery store probably carries a perfectly fine version of cocktail onions (and if not, there’s always Amazon). I’ve also learned that there are a lot of regional varieties that stores carry, and there’s many farmer’s markets out there with people selling their own version of these pickled vegetables. Because there’s SO much variety out there with this product, I tried to find one that a. I like and b. that is not too hard to come by.
- I really like the Collins brand cocktail onion because it has a nice balance of brine: not too salty, not too vinegary
- The onions stay intact and have a nice crunch
- Easy to purchase online
- Ready made
- Mild taste
- small in size
- not as fresh tasting as homemade
To Make: Homemade Spiced Cocktail Onions
- Can alter the spices/flavor to suite your taste
- Batch as needed
- An easy, entry level DIY project
- Time: It will take at least 3 days before these are ready to use
- Flavor can be inconsistent from batch to batch
- You have to actually make the recipe
And how do they compare in a cocktail? To taste them in a drink naturally I turned to the Gibson cocktail. The store bought cocktail onions left a strong vinegar punch to the Gibson with an onion aftertaste. The homemade cocktail onions had more layers of flavor from the spices in the drink with a subtle finish of the onions. Both great depending on your mood. So, regardless of which path you choose here, you’re going to end up with a solid Gibson.
Homemade Cocktail Onions
1/2 pound cocktail onions
1/4 cup each Apple cider vinegar, champagne vinegar, and water
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 tsp each brown and yellow mustard seeds, coriander seeds
2 tsp sugar
5 allspice berries
Combine all ingredients except onions in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve salt and sugar. Add cocktail onions in and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let reach room temperature. Pour everything into a ball jar and seal. Refrigerate for at least 3 days and up to two weeks. Onion flavor will mellow as it sits. Use within one month for best flavor.
Squeeeezing in here at the end of the month (and what a month…. so glad it’s over), this might just be our easiest DIY of the bunch so far. If you can boil some water, you can make… Coffee Liqueur.
For today’s post, we’ll be comparing coffee liqueur made with cold brew coffee. I have seen some infusions with coffee beans, and while we’ve done something similar for cocktails around here before, since the coffee liqueur that can be bought is made with cold brew, it made sense to match apples to apples. Also, since many of these posts have some content that is repeated in the pros and cons, I’ve decided to bullet point each to make it a bit easier to read and streamlined. Let me know what you think in the comments or through social; I’m here for you.
- Available to purchase at a liquor store near you
- Strong coffee taste
- Minimal ingredient list
- Only available to buy in CA, NY, the UK, and Australia
- Flavor is singular in that you’re only getting a coffee flavor and nothing else
- Cannot adjust sweetness level
To Make: Homemade Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur (aged rum base)
- Very few ingredients
- Super easy to make for a DIY project, just make a rich simple syrup and get some cold brew coffee
- You can adjust the flavor to your liking
- You can adjust the sweetness level
- Scales up or down depending on how much liqueur you’d like
- It takes a minimum of 3 days to make, plus more if you brew your own cold brew
- Flavor may not be consistent from batch to batch
- You have to make it
And how do they compare in a cocktail? When I think coffee in cocktails I immediately think of a White Russian, so that’s what I compared both in today. Mr. Black stands out with a bold coffee taste and a rich flavor profile. My home brew coffee is lighter not only in color, but also in flavor. I wanted a coffee liqueur that had layers of other flavors in it like vanilla and spice, so the base is an aged rum. This also means that the coffee is more subdued.
Notes: If you want a stronger coffee taste I would suggest using a cold brew concentrate and playing around with the flavor until it suits your preference. Also, you could switch to a vodka base and cut the vodka back to 1-1/4 cups.
So there you are, two choices when it comes to a coffee liqueur. Will you make it or buy it? Let us know!
Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
1-1/2 cups cold brew coffee (brew your own or buy your favorite unsweetened brand)
1 cup demerara sugar
1/2 cup water
1-1/2 cups aged rum
If brewing your own cold brew, do that at least 24 hours before starting to make the liqueur. Next, in a small saucepan, combine demerara sugar and water. Bring to a boil, whisking to combine. Turn the heat down to a simmer and continue to whisk until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. In a liter jar, combine cold brew coffee, syrup and rum. Seal and shake gently to combine. Let the liqueur sit for three days in a cool, dark place, agitating it every day. After three days, liqueur will be ready to consume.