I do love a good cocktail it’s fair to say. Over the years, I’ve moved away from creamy Pina Coladas to less calorific and more “grown up” cocktails. My favourite at the moment has to be the espresso martini. There are multiple recipes for this cold coffee-flavoured cocktail but the basic format combines vodka with espresso coffee, coffee liqueur (usually Kahlúa – other coffee liqueurs also available) and syrup. As with most things, there are many claims as to who invented the recipe, but it is widely believed that it was created by a lad called Dick Bradsell in London in the late 80s. Now, if liquid quantity is your purchasing criteria for cocktails (it used to be mine), this isn’t for you. You’d better sip this baby slowly, or it’ll be gone in a flash.
If you’re having a soiree at home, there are multiple recipes online to help you create this sophisticated cocktail for your guests, but here’s a variation I came across using Black Twist liqueur which is made in Waterford using Arabica coffee and West Cork whiskey:
40ml Cold Brew (or cooled filter coffee)
40ml Black Twist
30ml Irish Whiskey
15ml 1:1 Sugar Syrup
Stir all the liquid ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glasses. Top with lightly whipped vanilla cream, top with a dust of cinnamon, and prepare to impress!
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