‘Tis the season for having any reason to party. Everyone is pulling out their cookbooks and cocktail Pinterest boards to bring the perfect addition to a festive evening. When it comes to parties, nothing brings people together more than food, coffee and alcohol.
Fortunately, you can wow the sweater-wearers with the perfect drink that brings the love of coffee and alcohol into one without the hassle of getting crazy with exotic and expensive ingredients… Behold, homemade coffee infused vodka!
- 1 Clear glass jar or bottle with tight fitting lid (must hold at least .5 L)
- 2 Spoons
- 1 Cone Filter
- .5 L Vodka: Your choice of which brand, but it is a party, so get a little crazy and treat yourself
- 2 cups Roasted Coffee: for the best results, use a darker roast since it will give the coffee infused vodka a more pronounced coffee flavor.
- 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
Prepare Smash the Beans
- Grinding your beans too course may cause your beans’ oils to take over which will make the coffee infusion process take longer.
- Instead, add your beans to a zip top plastic bag and smash themwith a rolling pin like we did for our caffeinated dark chocolate covered strawberries.
Prepare (don’t smash) the Jar
- The size of your jar depends on the amount of alcohol your goal is to have. For us, we used a .5 liter jar, so we put the crushed beans at the bottom with the tablespoon of sugar.
- Fill the jar with vodka without overflowing, so leave a little room at the top of the jar. Some beans will float to the top, and that is fine. Also, there may be air bubbles around the beans, and that is totally great too.
- Once the vodka looks almost like lake water, seal the jar and begin shaking it like a polaroid picture. Do this for thirty seconds. Once finished, place into a dark and cool location that is NOT a freezer.
Hold Up, Wait a Minute
- Let the coffee infused vodka magic happen – it must process for five days in the jar.
- Throughout these days, to make the coffee infusion faster and more flavorful, take a moment each day to shake the jar again, but try not to open it.
Filter Out the Goods
- Grab the funnel and place it into another clean container.
- Have your filter in the funnel and feel free to rinse the filter so that there is no chance of a paper-taste in the final product.
- Take your homemade coffee infused vodka and pour over the filter-lined funnel into the clean container. Be gentle so as to not get rid of too much liquid during this process. The crushed beans will stay in the filter and the coffee infused vodka will be in the new container.
- 6 parts homemade coffee infused vodka
- 1 part Kaluha
- 1 part Bailey’s (optional)
- Dash of simple syrup (or flavored syrup of your choice)
- Shake vigorously in a shaker of ice (to get that nice froth) and serve in a chilled martini glass with some whole roasted coffee beans as garnish