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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Godiva Coffee Pumpkintini


It's been a fabulous month for deliveries of unique food finds at The Bicycle-Chef's house.  I received two packages of Godiva's limited edition seasonal coffees - Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Pecan Bark, from The Taste Maker program of FoodBuzz.  I was very excited to try both coffees, just to drink as hot beverages but I'm even more jazzed up to use the brewed coffee in recipes.  My first creation so far is a Pumpkintini - using a strong, almost espresso-like strength of the Godivia Pumpkin Spice Coffee.  I'll probably use the Caramel Pecan Bark in something baked next, but for now I wanted to share this first concoction for a decadent autumnal spirit.  This recipe is to make 2 Pumpkintini drinks.  There are some variations for liqueurs that I'll post at the end, in case you don't have or don't like the main ingredients.

Godiva Coffee Pumpkin Spice Martini Ingredients:
  • 4 Ounces strong brewed and chilled Godiva Pumpkin Spice Coffee - double strength, brewed in a conventional coffee maker, or in a French Press or in an espresso maker.  
  • Ice
  • 2 Ounces Vodka (Vanilla Flavored would be great!)
  • 3 Ounces Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur or Bailey's Irish Cream
Equipment:
  • Martini Glasses
  • 2 Plates
  • Colored Sanding Sugar for rimming glasses - optional
  • Cocktail Shaker and Strainer
  • Shot glass or measure pouring glass
Directions:
  1. Brew the Godiva Pumpkin Spice Coffee - using 2 Tablespoons of grounds per 6 ounces of water.  Once brewed, chill the coffee before using, or have extra ice to help cool the coffee when making the cocktail.
  2. Add a bit of water to a flat plate and dip the martini glasses into the plate with water to wet the glass rim.  On the second plate, pour sanding sugar onto the plate and dip the moistened martini glass into the sanding sugar to coat the rim.  Set the martini glasses aside to dry and let the sugar set.
  3. Fill a cocktail shake with ice.  Pour in 4 ounces of the chilled, brewed Godiva Pumpkin Spice Coffee.
  4. Pour in 2 ounces of vodka and 3 ounces of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur or Bailey's Irish Cream. 
  5. Close cocktail shaker, shake to mix thoroughly and strain the cocktail mixture into the prepared martini glass.  Enjoy immediately and in moderation!  Makes 2 cocktails.

Variations:

  • This works best with a ratio of 2 parts strong brewed flavored coffee to 1 part vodka and 1 1/2 parts Sweet Liquor.  
  • Flavored vodka, such as vanilla would work well.  
  • For the liqueur, you need something sweet and preferably creamy.  
  • Amaretto, Frangelica or Kahlua and a dash of half and half or flavored coffee creamer are good substitutes for the Godiva or Bailey's.  There are also other versions of Bailey's - such as Carolina's Cream and other Irish-Cream style mixtures.
  • Don't want to commit to a big and expensive bottle of a fancy liqueur? Then buy the smaller, "Airline" size bottles or the mini 5th pint sizes.  Better State Stores, Bottle Shops or Liquor stores carry lots of smaller and sample size bottles of the premium spirits.  

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