Alicia from Boozed + Infused inspired me to try infusing some coffee bourbon a while back. Following her instructions, I crushed up some coffee beans, split a vanilla bean, added a little brown sugar, and let it all stew with some bourbon in a mason jar for 3 weeks.
Finally, after all that waiting, it was time to sample the goods.
The product was delicious all by itself. The flavor of bourbon, coffee, and vanilla, with just the tiniest hint of sweetness, blended perfectly. Other then infusing some pineapple vodka way back in the day, this is my first infusion, and I’m so glad I tried it. I think it might make me infusion-happy… so look for more creative cocktails to come!
The hubby and I couldn’t agree on what cocktail to try first, so we decided to go head-to-head. I went super-simple with a bourbon “latte” martini — just the coffee bourbon and a splash of cream.
The hubby decided to go classic with a Black Russian (cousin of the White Russian).
Although I enjoyed my martini, I have to say, his Black Russian won the day. The vodka mellowed out the strong flavor of the coffee bourbon and made it more drinkable. Regardless, both were excellent drinks, so I’ll share both recipes with you today — a Cocktail Thursday two-fer!
Watch out, though, because what I really want to try is a coffee bourbon milkshake. I have a feeling that will be the hands-down winner!
Bourbon Latte Martini
1 1/2 oz coffee bourbon
1/2 oz cream
chocolate shavings for garnish
Combine the coffee bourbon and cream in shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with chocolate shavings.
Bourbon Black Russian
2 oz vodka
1 oz coffee bourbon
Combine the vodka and bourbon in a rocks glass over ice. Stir well and serve.