This week I turned 42. It was fabulously unremarkable and wonderful. I firmly believe in surrounding yourself with people who grant your wish of a comfy, cozy, relaxed birthday. I mention said birthday because my sister gifted me a bottle of Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur for the occasion. Although I may be the sister with a blog, she is definitely the connoisseur of chic, grown-up, interesting cocktails. She is always introducing me to new things to try. This is a recipe she created and shared with me and it is FANTASTIC. I immediately knew I wanted to share it in the blog! She describes it as a fusion of a Carajillo and an espresso martini. It’s slightly sweet, coffee forward, and the hint of lemon finishes it off perfectly. You are going to love it.
I give you the…Mr. Black 43 Martini
Here’s what you need:
- 1.5 oz Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
- 1.5 oz Licor 43
- 1.5 oz cold brew concentrate
- Zest of a lemon
If you aren’t familiar with Licor 43 you are definitely missing out. It is a delightful Spanish liqueur that tastes of sweet vanilla with hints of citrus. It’s usually hiding over by the aperitifs and specialty items at your liquor store. Licor 43 can be added to a multitude of cocktails when you want a sweet component. Highly recommend trying it!
Back to the beverage! In a shaker filled with ice, add the Mr. Black, Licor 43, and cold brew concentrate. Shake VERY vigorously. Shaking makes the delicious foamy top you get when you pour it into your glass. Next, take the zest of a lemon and rub it around the rim of your glass. This is an optional step, and the cocktail is delicious without, but it does add a little brightness and it’s how my sister made it so I follow her expertise. Pour the well shaken contents into a coup or martini glass. Be sure to shake out all the foam onto the top. Garnish with the lemon zest, coffee beans, or just leave it simple like I did.