Coffee Cocktail by Ulric from Bar-Face
Coffee Cocktail by Ulric für 1 Glas
This is my favorite recipe, but it is not one for everyone… The taste is bold and unapologetic! There are many reasons why I hold this drink close to my heart… It is both simple to make and easy to mess up and it represent an amalgam of my diverse influences: First and foremost, the Espresso Martini is one of my favorite drinks. It was the first drink that I was shown to mix by the late Dick Bradsell, who is arguably the founding father of contemporary mixology. Since then, It has been one of my go-to cocktail and, in my darker times, my breakfast drink.
The Kawa Martini (although not technically a martini) is a riff on the Espresso Martini and the product of a few years of tweaking, until my last job at the W in Amman. I was looking for a cocktail that I could incorporate in the menu that would be a signature and a nod to my newly found home (Germany) as well as Jordan -a country that I love almost as much as Mexico!
At the base, I was influenced by Arabic “White Coffee”; an aromatic hot mix of hot rose water (or orange blossom water), a sweetener (usually honey) and usually cardamom. During my time in the middle east I was mystified by this concoction which I both loved and hate! Why call it coffee when it has none?
It was in the early 2000 that I set to make a drink that would be as aromatic as this white coffee, but with actual coffee! The idea for the “Kawa” was born! I started by using cardamom in a regular Espresso Martini: It was good but lacked depth. Over the year I tweaked the recipe.
It is not until I discovered the wealth of Kräuter liqueurs available in Germany that I revisited the recipe, using the newly discovered Ossenkämper kräuterlikör -very aromatically based on coffee. The last piece of the puzzle came about in Jordan when I was working with the newly opened W hotel in Amman. Jordanian Arak brought everything together! This Arak is slightly sweeter and milder than its other counterparts (Arak is an anise spirit from the Levant countries) and brought a fresh backbone to the drink, without being overpowering.
You can adopt this drink using some other kräuterlikörs to fit your taste. I would really recommend using a cold brewed coffee, as this tends to give a less diluted drink and a great foam!