Infusions are a favorite side hobby of ours. We’ve written about infusing olive oils at home, as well as vodka, gin, and bitters. Today, we’d like to share our latest infusion adventure, which brings together two of our loves: alcohol and coffee.
If you’re looking to get that great coffee taste in a cocktail, but want to do it the homemade way, then follow these four easy steps for infusing vodka with coffee.
Make Your Own Coffee-Flavored Vodka
Note: The strength of your infusion is determined by the amount of coffee beans you use, the type of roast, the oiliness and acidity of the beans, and how they’re ground. For that reason, we recommend “a small handful” of coffee beans for about 450 ml (~16 oz, one standard size Mason jar) of vodka. Experiment to find the proportions that suit you best.
- Gently “grind” your coffee beans. If you have a burr grinder, you can use it for this purpose. However, even “French Press” ground-size is too fine for infusing. So we recommend gently rolling a meat tenderizer or similar object over the coffee beans. Do this with a cheesecloth between the beans and the tenderizer. This helps to keep them from shooting off across the kitchen. Ideally, a bean should be fragmented into 4-7 smaller pieces.
- Fill the Mason jar with vodka until there is hardly any room for air. Add the coffee beans and one teaspoon of sugar. The sugar helps with infusion. Close the lid tight on the jar.
- Let sit for at least five days in a cool, dark spot. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds each day.
- After five days (or more), strain your coffee-infused vodka through a paper cone filter into a clean jar. Depending on your batch, you may wish to strain several times.
Coffee-Infused White Russian Drink Recipe
Of course, you need a drink recipe to put your new coffee-infused vodka to use, right? In our opinion, there’s no better drink for coffee-infused vodka than a White Russian. See the drink recipe below:
- 2 oz coffee-infused vodka
- 1 ½ pumps Amoretti Premium Kahlua “Type” Syrup
- Cream (to taste)
Add all ingredients to an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir well, and serve.
Love this recipe? Make any of your own changes? Share your modifications with us on the Amoretti Facebook page. We look forward to seeing your creation!