Splurges. That is what this is about.
We have gone over all the basic alcohols already. We talked about vodka, rum, tequila, gin, whiskey, and bourbon.
Now I want to talk about two extras to keep in your cabinet on a regular basis- coffee liquor and vanilla vodka.
Confession- when we first started making these I used Kahlua and Smirnoff vanilla vodka. Not that there is anything wrong with that. They make decent drinks.
Then on a recent run to the liquor store (I do that a lot these days) the store clerk suggested Absolut instead of Smirnoff. I honestly thought there couldn’t be that big of a difference but he promised that Absolut was infused with vanilla instead of flavored and that I would love it. Sure. Ok. I’ll try it.
Um. There is no comparison between to the two. Hands down Absolut wins through and through.
Then I met Vivacity’s Turkish Coffee Liquor. Shut the front door. They use freshly roasted coffee and add cardamom, cinnamon, and cocoa nibs. Lordly is it good. Again, wins hands down compared to Kahlua.
There really are a host of finer things in life and I believe these are both worth the splurge.
And with this one little splurge are two great drinks you can make with these two sweet spirits and a little bit of cream. Just adjusting the proportions makes two different, yet equally delicious, drinks.
Make em. Then enjoy them.
One year ago today: Ensalada Mixta
White Russian (makes 1 drink)
1 ounce coffee liquor
2 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka (plain vodka is traditional)
1 1/2 ounces cream
Pour the coffee liquor into a small glass filled with ice. Then pour in the vanilla (or plain) vodka, then the cream. Stir before sipping if you want.
Spiked Vanilla Latte (makes 1 drink)
2 ounces coffee liquor
1 ounce vanilla vodka
3 ounces cream or milk (really just use cream)
Add all of the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 45 seconds to a minute (this creates the foam). Pour into a chilled martini glass and enjoy.