Cold Brew Cocktails

Made up a tasty cold brew cocktail this evening:

2 oz. Old Grandad Bourbon

1 oz. Cold brew coffee

1/2 oz. Maraschino liqueur

couple dashes Xocolatl Mole™ bitters

lemon peel

 

Mix the first 4 ingredients in a mixing glass half full of ice.  Pour over a large ice cube in your favourite whiskey glass and garnish with a strip of lemon peel.

Tasty Scotch & Coffee combo!

I came across an article, Four Smooth, Boozy, Coffee-spiked Cocktails, and made up a Talisman. I didn’t follow the instructions exactly (I added ice to the shaker, and some bitters).  My resulting cocktail looked very appetizing – kind of a cross between a Guinness and a creamy latte with a nice foamy head 🙂
The taste was delicious! Creamy, and a touch of heat, almost like a mexican hot chocolate 🙂

Talisman

  • 1.5 oz scotch
  • .5 oz Drambuie
  • .75 oz agave syrup
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Freshly brewed shot of espresso
    Couple dashes of Xocolatl bitters

Add all ingredients to a shaker half-filled with ice, and shake well for 20-30 seconds.
Pour into a chilled coupe glass, and enjoy!

You Haven't Lived Until You've Sipped These 6 Must-Try Cocktails in Central Edmonton!

Will definitely have to add these to my list 🙂

  1. Bar Bricco – The Negroni Sbagliato (the Mistaken Negroni)
    Campari, Cocchi Rosso Vermouth, Ruggeri Giall’Oro Prosecco, orange
  2. Woodwork – Woodwork House Sour
    Buffalo Trace Bourbon, lemon, egg white, lapsang-honey cordial, 151 Flambé
  3. Three Boars – The Brew-vardier
    Bouron, Campari, Vermouth, Farrow’s Cold Brew Coffee
  4. North 53 – Smoke and Oak Fashioned
    Oaken Gin, smoked maple syrup, orange oil, bitters
  5. Rostizado – No Su Pepita
    Mezcal, Tequila Blanco, Amaro, strawberry shrub, fresh grapefruit juice, smoked black salt, chile oil
  6. Have Mercy – Have Mercy Old Fashioned
    Buffalo Trace Bourbon, honey-cherry syrup, Angostura bitters, orange bitters

The Proctor Team’s picks for six sip-worthy cocktails in Central Edmonton.

Source: You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Sipped These 6 Must-Try Cocktails in Central Edmonton!

More Espresso machine maintenance

Well, I finally got around to getting a replacement control box, and a new pump.  For just over 6 months I’ve been making pour-overs (and enjoying them) – while my espresso machine sat idle.  The control box was behaving erratically, I suspect because of excessive heat within the machine.  Then the vibe pump failed around New Years.
So, I replaced the control box with another Giemme RLO 1E/1S/3C/F, and the pump I ended up replacing with a different one – an MG 071 Fluidotech Oscillating Pump.  This pump is a 70W pump, vs. the 52W Ulka vibe pump – should fill a little more quickly, resulting is shorter cycle times, and hopefully, last longer.  Another really pleasing feature, is that it’s SUBSTANTIALLY quieter!
new-pump
Everything was easily swapped out – and after getting the boiler refilled, everything is working great once again!
I think I might tear it down again though in the not too distant future, and see about rewiring the machine so that I can tidy up the wiring, and relocate the control box in the space where the water reservoir was (I have the machine plumbed in, so no water reservoir is required).
I also found a place where I might be able to get the old control box repaired – would be nice to have a backup that didn’t cost so much!

New Pour-over :)

Taylor found this pot at Chapters yesterday – I had to go pick it up!
It reminded me of one of my favourite Bugs Bunny cartoons 🙂

instant-human instant-martians
Just have to be careful when pouring – the glass is very thin and very hot!