Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I found this great recipe from Mercury News Let me know what you think!
Recipe: coffee liqueur
Luscious Liqueurs: 50 Recipes for Sublime and Spirited Infusions to Sip and Savor' by A.J. Rathbun
Makes about 3 pints
1/4 cup instant espresso powder
21/2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup whole coffee beans of your choice
3 cups brandy
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Combine instant espresso powder, sugar and water in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally until mixture comes almost to a boil. Lower heat, keeping mixture on a low simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat, and let syrup cool completely in pan.
Put syrup, coffee beans and brandy in a glass container with a tight lid. Stir well. Seal and place container in a cool, dry spot away from sunlight. Let sit for two weeks, swirling occasionally.
Add vanilla, stir again and reseal. Return to its spot. Let sit for two more weeks.
Carefully strain liqueur through a double layer of cheesecloth into a pitcher or easy-pouring vessel. Strain again through two new layers of cheesecloth into one large bottle or a number of small bottles or jars.