CigarCIGAR Strong, bold, complex, smokey with notes of chocolate. Just like my favorite cigar Santana Premium XO. 85% dark chocolate rim on the glass. Glass was smoked with cherry wood smoke. CHEERS!
InkyWell who doesn't like Espresso Martinis? Mostly everybody is passionate about it, aroma, flavours, balance....just love it. Same for me, but I never tried it with cold-brewed coffee liqueur! That means we have job to do. Creating this cocktail recepie, I wanted to make a twist of Espresso Martini & I did. The biggest part of this cocktail is, that I dont use espresso to mix this cocktail. I made a coffee syrup from Jags Head coffee(Bourbon, medium roast) and combined it with salted caramel. A great creamy, sweet citrus coffee syrup, with light kick if salted caramel. Love it. (But if you dont want to cook it, its fine just to pour a coffee syrup and salted caramel syrup to mix this cocktail.) And it fits perfectly with Mr Black cold-brewed coffee liqueur, the bitternes of espresso and touch of vanilla, combines with coffee&salted caramel syrup. 😻 And the base spirit(Mr Black of course,but some extra ABV should do just fine. Is Rum! I picked Ron Colon Salvadore coffee infused 81 proof rum. Coffee rum(chocolate, coffee) + Mr Black(Bitter,dry, vanilla) + coffee&salted caramel syrup = Inky!✔️ Inky, a modern twist of Espresso Martini. Moslty, all the aromas and taste notes I described here, all the rest is to mix it up and enjoy. 😇 Priekā. 🍸💥🍸
Atomic EspressoThis drink is on one hand inspired by the famous quote, that also inspired the Espresso Martini "Wake me up, and then f*** me up." and on the other hand by the Dude's legendary White Russian. This both calls for a simple drink - which this is not - so my recipe is to be understood as a fancy version. If you just want to have a relaxed drink with some friends you're of course welcome to simplify it, swap the purée for a bit more liqueur, the cream for milk, simply shake all the ingredients, do what you gotta do!
Last CallWell, we’re at the last week of this competition. With that said, this is my “last call” cocktail, hence the name. This drink is based off of my love for Americolas (an iced coffee drink comprised of espresso and Mexican coke). I tried to recapture the flavor profile of an Americola with Ramazzotti (an amaro with cola notes), Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, and freshly pulled espresso. I also added a splash of Puerto Rican rum and a couple dashes of Angostura to give the drink a boozy kick and spice notes. What results is a bittersweet libation that anyone would be happy to have as their last drink before heading home.
Nightfall on the DesertA warming after dinner drink, for cold nights in the desert when sunset comes early. This spirit forward cocktail brings the spice, with Ancho Reyes and Rittenhouse rye whisky to balance against the comforting coffee flavor of Mr Black. The Appleton Estate 12 year adds a little fruit and vanilla on the nose.
Rum & Vanilla Espresso MartiniThis simple riff on the espresso martini captures the essence of the drink we all know and love, while adding a depth of complex flavour for a more experienced drinker to enjoy. The rich, deep coffee flavour of Mr Black melds beautifully with the vanilla notes of Licor 43 and the complexity of a good aged rum, coming together to liven up the often rather one-note espresso martini, while still remaining true to the original drink. This simple to make, easy to drink cocktail only requires four ingredients, all in equal measures, in the style of the espresso martini.
Breakfast RumgroniI LOVE boozy bunch drinks. I wanted to make something Negroni-ish, but richer (hence the Demerara Dum) and with strong breakfasty vibes (coffee and fruit). That said, it works really well as a digestif. Salud!
Coconut, Banana, and Mr. Black Walk Into a BarCoconut, Banana, and Mr. Black Walk Into a Bar. They find their friend, Orange, saving them a seat. We don't have an ending to the classic joke. But these ingredients that don't usually go together ended up having a good time in this cocktail.
Midnight CowboyA great coffee/banana nightcap!
Mr FlipA take on the flip, using brown butter fat-washed rum! Rich, butterscotchy, coffee-y, tasty!
Smuggler’s CompassThe Smuggler's Compass will guide to whatever it is you're looking for. Its bold spicey aromas take your senses by the helm, navigating through coffee and almond notes. The orange and lime brighten and soften the tide of intense flavors and give way to a lasting but subtle allspice finish.
Black Buttered CrumbAll the best parts of a lazy breakfast of buttered crumb cake and a cup of coffee. Easy, decadent and delicious.
The Hemingway CaféA variation on the classic Hemingway Daiquiri! At the risk of angering Hemingway purists, I created this cocktail with the hope that the famed author would enjoy this drink if Mr. Black was available during his time. This cocktail is an example of how a few slight changes can both compliment the established flavors and drastically change the taste of what you’re drinking. The addition of Mr. Black along with the egg white and coffee beans garnish transforms a tropical favorite into a decadent, almost desserty, coffee treat.
Coffee OasisI've been missing vacations this time of year, so I put something together to put me in a tropical mood. The bittersweet coffee flavors provide a great background for the sweetness of the coconut and the bite from the lime juice. A little (3oz) oasis on a cold winter day.
Manifest DestinyThe bold fruit and nut flavors of the liqueurs can be overpowering in a cocktail. Used both in moderation and combination creates a rich and aromatic mixture. Combined with the esters in the rum and you have the start to a tiki drink. But using Mr Black instead of a citrus plays off the earthy flavors of the drink slightly pushing the fruitiness to background.