November 23, 2007, Newsletter Issue #135: Liquor In Coffee and Coffee-Flavored Liquor

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Coffee and liquor have always been a great combination. Liquors that go exceptionally well with coffee include Frangelico, Kahlua, Amaretto, Grand Marnier, Irish Cream and Butterscotch Schnapps. Some companies, such as Starbucks, realized just how popular liquor and coffee really is, and have cut out the middleman by creating coffee-flavored liqueurs. On the other side of the equation, famed-vodka brand, Absolute, has published a recipe for coffee flavored liquor, featured below. We have one more recommendation for all you coffee-flavored liquor fans: it works beautifully over ice cream.

Absolute recipe for Coffee Liquor

2 cups water
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup dry instant coffee (fresh jar)
1-tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups vodka

Boil water and sugar until dissolved. Turn off heat. Slowly add dry instant coffee and continue stirring. Add vanilla extract to the vodka, then combine the cooled sugar syrup and coffee solution with the vodka. Cover tightly and shake vigorously each day for 3 weeks. For Tia Maria: Substitute brandy for the vodka.

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