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.
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 menu—lately with drinks inspired by my writing in the Coffeehouse Mysteries.
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|Cleo Coyle, |
sipper of shooters,
is author of The
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.
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.
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.
Makes 1 serving
TIP: Use a tall shot glass to really show off your layers.
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.
making chocolate-covered cinnamon sticks, click here.
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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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.
below to see my little video
on how to pour a Cloudy Dream, and...
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