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Coffee Cordial Variations

In September of 2020, at an online meeting of our local brewers guild, Susan mentioned her favorite coffee liqueur recipe and I said: "I wonder what that would taste like with brandy instead of vodka".

So we decided to have a coffee liqueur variation taste test, making different versions, sharing bottles of each version with each of the participants, and tasting them at our online meeting in December.

Below is the source for basic recipe we used and the variations Tim and I came up with.

-=-Debbie

The Recipe:

The base recipe we used was "Coffee Liqueur" from The Ultimate Chocolate Cake Book, by Pamela Asquith, Holt Rinehart Winston, 1983.

The recipe uses water, white sugar, a vanilla bean, freshly ground coffee (we used Peet's Coffee: Major Dickason's Blend), and vodka.

Alternately, you can use your favorite coffee liqueur recipe and make the changes in our variations below.

The Variations:

Brandy Coffee Cordial

Change: Substitute Christian Brothers Brandy for Vodka
Tasting Notes: to come in December

Chocolatey Coffee Cordial

Change: 12 ozs of chocolate nibs (for 16 ozs of freshly ground coffee). Crack the nibs, and add at the same time as the water, sugar and vanilla bean.
Tasting Notes: to come in December

Minty Coffee Cordial

Change: 2 ozs of fresh mint leaves (for 16 ozs of freshly ground coffee). Grind the leaves to pulp, and some of the sugar, and add at the same time as the water, sugar and vanilla bean.
Tasting Notes: to come in December

Hint of Peach Coffee Cordial

Change: Add 1 15 oz can of peaches (for 16 ozs of freshly ground coffee). Crush the peaches, add that AND the juice to the liqueur at the same time as the water, sugar and vanilla bean.
Tasting Notes: to come in December

Raspberry Bush Coffee Cordial

Change: Add 12 oz of raspberries (for 16 ozs of freshly ground coffee). Crush the raspberries to a pulp, and mix with some of the sugar. Add it to the liqueur at the same time as the water, sugar and vanilla bean.
Tasting Notes: to come in December

Raspberry Brandy Coffee Cordial

Change: Substitute Christian Brothers Brandy for Vodka
Change: Add 12 oz of raspberries (for 16 ozs of freshly ground coffee). Crush the raspberries to a pulp, and mix with some of the sugar. Add it to the liqueur at the same time as the water, sugar and vanilla bean.
Tasting Notes: to come in December

Spiced Rum Coffee Cordial

Change: Substitute Captain Morgan Spiced Rum for Vodka
Tasting Notes: to come in December

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