Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How to Make a Hazelnut Orgasm (drink!) with tips for layering shooters by Cleo Coyle


Coffee and crime, my favorite subjects, are the subjects of today’s post (well, sort of). The coffee involved is coffee liqueur. As for the crime, it involves shooters.


No guns, no bullets, no big bang...but today’s shooters do involve a crime, at least according to serious drinkers. 

You see, a shooter drink implies one should SHOOT the thing back in one giant gulp. The problem? I’m a cheap drunk. When I shoot drinks, I end up under the table. Consequently, I SIP my shooters, so don't be ashamed if you do, too.

Honestly, I grew up watching most adult members of my family sip from their shot glasses. In my father’s Italian-American household, the alcohol was usually anisette, Sambuca, or Amaretto, and the drinks enjoyed with coffee or espresso. I continue the custom in my own house, but I’ve expanded the menulately with drinks inspired by my writing in the Coffeehouse Mysteries. 

And so I give you a few of my favorite digestifs. Whether you shoot them or stir them and sip them, I sincerely hope you will… 
Drink with joy,
~ Cleo





To download the following drink recipes in a free PDF format that you can print, save, or share, click here






Cleo Coyle,
sipper of shooters,
is author of The
Coffeehouse Mysteries
These sweet, delicious digestifs bring an elegant and relaxing end to a meal, especially with coffee or espresso. The instructions and tips below will help you pour the drink in layers for a pretty presentation. 

TIP: The reason drinks can be layered is Science 101. Certain drinks are heavier in density than others, and a bartender can float the lighter drinks on top of the heavier ones. 

My first layered drink recipe is one I created with Marc, my husband (and partner in crime writing), for our next Coffeehouse Mystery: Billionaire Blend. The drink is, of course, based on the traditional Orgasm shooter.

Hazelnut is a popular flavor in coffeehouse culture, and we’ve married it to coffee liqueur with a splash of hazelnut milk for amazing results. If you can’t find hazelnut milk, almond milk is a good substitute. 



TIP: Because nut milks are thin and light, they make
fantastic and flavorful toppings to layered shots.


TIP: For the home bartender, a measured shot glass
helps with accuracy. If you're not sure where to purchase,
click here to see one of many you can buy online.



Cleo Coyle's
Hazelnut Orgasm

(Layered Shooter)

Makes 1 serving

TIP: Use a tall shot glass to really show off your layers.

Ingredients: Coffee Liqueur (such as Kahlua); Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur); Hazelnut Milk; Whipped Cream; stick of cinnamon or Mexican canela

Method: Fill 1/3rd of your shot glass with Kahlua (1/2 ounce). 

TIP: Place a chilled spoon face down into the glass at an angle. The tip of the spoon should lightly touch the opposite side of the glass. This spoon will diffuse the pouring of the next liquid, reducing the impact and impeding mixing. 

Slowly pour the Frangelico (1/2 ounce) over the top of the chilled spoon. Wait for the Frangelico to settle. Using the same method, slowly pour the Hazelnut Milk (1/2 ounce) over the spoon and into the glass. Wait for the layers to settle, add a spot of whipped cream at the top, and serve with a stick of cinnamon or Mexican canela for the drinker’s option to stir and sip (rather than shoot).

*Variation: Almond Orgasm - replace the hazelnut milk with almond milk and the Frangelico with Amaretto.

To watch my short, little how-to video, 
click the white arrow in the image below...

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As mentioned, you can serve the drink with a cinnamon stick or even a chocolate-covered cinnamon stick. 





To download an easy "how-to" recipe for
making 
chocolate-covered cinnamon sticks, click here.

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Orgasm Shooter (layered)

Makes 1 serving

Here is the traditional drink recipe on which we based our Hazelnut Orgasm. This shooter can be mixed up in a cocktail shaker with ice and strained into the shot glass, or poured in layers right into your glass. Marc and I prefer those pretty layers, which is why we serve the drink in a tall shot glass with a stick of cinnamon or Mexican canela on the side for stirring. Thus, this drink can be "shot" in one gulp or stirred and slowly sipped. 

Ingredients: Coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua); Amaretto; Irish cream (such as Baileys)

Method: Fill one-third of your shot glass with Kahlua (1/2 ounce). Place a chilled spoon down into the glass at an angle. The tip of the spoon should lightly touch the opposite side of the glass. Slowly pour the Amaretto (1/2 ounce) over the top of the chilled spoon, allowing it to trickle into the drink. Wait for the Amaretto to settle. Using the same method, slowly pour the Irish Cream (1/2 ounce) over the spoon and into the drink. (Top it off if you like with extra Irish cream.) Wait for the layers to settle and serve.

*Variation – Add vodka to the top, in equal measure, and you’ve got a Screaming Orgasm.

TIP: The spoon method, which we use, is only one way to slow the pour in a layered drink. To see a bartender's "thumb method," watch this video on YouTube by clicking here.

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Cleo Coyle’s
Cloudy Dream
(Almond)


This is another beautiful layered "sipping shooter" we created for our next Coffeehouse Mystery: Billionaire Blend

(An "M&M" shooter uses Kahlua and Amaretto, but not whipped cream or this layering method. As far as we know, our "Cloudy Dream" is a new invention.)

Ingredients: Coffee Liqueur (such as Kahlua); Whipped Cream (from an aerosol canister or pastry bag); Amaretto; Stick of cinnamon or canela

Method: Fill one-third of a tall shot glass with Kahlua (1/2 ounce). Add whipped cream to the shot glass using an aerosol canister. Do not fill to the top. You must leave some space because the next addition will float the whipped cream higher. (If using homemade whipped cream, use a pastry bag.) Slowly pour 1/2 ounce Amaretto over the top of the whipped cream. Wait for the Amaretto to settle and serve. The drinker can sip the layers of alcohol through the cream or use a stick of cinnamon or canela to stir up the ingredients before drinking.

*Variation: Cloudy Dream (Hazelnut) – substitute Frangelico for the Amaretto and you have the hazelnut version. 


Click the arrow in the window
below to see my little video
on how to pour a Cloudy Dream, and...

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Drink with joy!
~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
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To view the
Coffeehouse Mystery
book trailer, click here.
 






The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling
works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the
12 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 
To learn more, click here. 
 

The Ghost and
Mrs. McClure


Book #1 of 

The Haunted Bookshop
Mysteries
, which Cleo writes
under the name
Alice Kimberly

To learn more, click here

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~ Cleo

8 comments:

  1. Ooh, I want! And it's barely past breakfast. Love all those liqueurs. And the drinks are so pretty that it seems a shame to actually drink them.

    BTW, I tried your wine-glass trick for making gnudi last night. It may take some practice--a lot of mine came out resembling little sea creatures like corals or sponges, with a dimple at one end. But they tasted good.

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  2. Sheila - Yes, definitely too early for an Orgasm (okay, you had to let me do the pun, right)? :)

    The too-pretty-to-drink thing stayed with me on these shooters until I took my first sip. After all my protests in the post about how "sipping" shooters is so civilized, I ended up sucking down far too many, far too fast during this photo shoot! Needless to say, for a little while there, I was feeling no pain.

    No worries on the "Matzo Meal" Malfatti sea creatures. They sound like more fun than my little footballs, and the taste is definitely more important than the presentation for Malfatti - especially since the word translates to badly made! (Italians know all about rustic.) So here's to funny food...with a little substance...

    ~ Cleo
    Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter



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  3. You and your husband must have great fun researching all these fun things! And you kept a very steady hand for the video. Impressive.

    I'm with Sheila-my Malfatti tended to have a dimple in one end. But as long as they hold together, it's all good. Swirling them around in the wine glass is a great adventure.

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  4. Oh yum! Kahlua and Frangelico are two of my favorites. They both go very nicely with hot chocolate in the winter, too. I think. Not that I would know or anything . . .

    These are beautiful.

    ~Krista

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  5. Holy Smokin' Rockets!!!!! How cool are these drinks? Pretty darn cool, me thinks! I watched those videos both three times...and now I'm desperate to find Hazelnut milk. Also anxious to find some tall shot glasses...Mr. Nanc loves both of those liqueurs and I think he will be pretty impressed with my new found pouring skills :-)

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  6. Oh, what pretty drinks!!!! Wow. I'm going to try them all. And I don't sip. LOL

    Daryl /Avery

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  7. Holy moly! I want them and I want them now! What a great post!

    Thanks, Cleo.

    MJ (off to get the Kahlua!)

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  8. Oh my gosh! I don't even drink and I want these! Can I have more than one?

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