Do you like waking up to the smell of coffee? Now, how about using the aromatic beans to shake up some heady cocktails at home? Think beyond cappuccinos and iced lattes, for coffee is stepping up its game. Shake it with rum, kahlua, gin, whiskey and the likes, and you can create some refreshing summer concoctions in just about a couple of minutes. Step this way please, for a complete lowdown on coffee-alcohol pairing, ingenious tips and stellar recipes.Coffee and Liquor PairingAccording to Nitin Tiwari, Head Mixologist at Ek Bar, Delhi, one of the most popular international trends with coffee is certainly espresso teamed with tonic water. "It is amazing how well tonic water goes with coffee. Essentially, both are bitter ingredients so they blend together effortlessly. Making Espresso Tonic is extremely easy. Take a tall glass and add one shot of espresso, 160-180 ml of tonic water and lots of ice, and stir well. You can then use it to make a range of cocktails by adding gin or other spirits," says Nitin.
"When it comes to coffee-based cocktails, one of the easiest ones that come to my mind would be Americano Soda. It is so fuss-free to make. All you need is 30 ml of Campari and Martini Rosso each, a shot of espresso, soda and some ice; garnish with orange zest," adds Vikram Pal of PCO, Delhi.
"Cold press coffee is far more flavorful since it is slowly brewed from freshly ground coffee beans using cold water. The resulting flavour is rich. This can be simply mixed with ice, sugar syrup and rum."
DIY Cocktail Recipes
Here are some smashing cocktails recipes for you to try at home -1. Baba Budan No. 7
Recipe by Nitin Tiwari, Ek Bar
This recipe is dedicated to Baba Budan, a sufi saint, who back in the 16th century managed to smuggle seven types of coffee beans into India and plant them in what are now known as Baba Budan Hills in Karnataka.Ingredients:60 ml rum
30 ml Espresso
30 ml sugar syrup/gur (jaggery) syrup
1 green cardamom podGlass: Tea cup/chai glassMethod:Muddle together all the ingredients along with cardamom and shake well with ice. Serve in a chai glass.2. Espresso Martini
Recipe by Lalit Waghmare, blueFROG MumbaiOne of the most popular Kahlua-based cocktails, this delicious vodkatini is shaken with Kahlua, Espresso shot and sugar syrup.3. Moorish
Recipe by Shashank S Sharma, The Oberoi BangaloreListen up coffee lovers! This cocktail recipe is tailor-made for you. Loaded with Kahlua, Bailey's and Espresso shot, it is hard to resist.
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