David Jameson

Orange Custard Espresso Martini



The first coffee cocktail I really managed to make work was this sweet little beauty.

When I entered the UK championship I knew I wanted to use Los Lajones Natural Caturra from Panama because in the first few weeks working at Union I was lucky enough to have met Graciano Cruz who owns the farm. He’s brilliant – a tornado of inspiration and passion! I knew I would have a great story to tell with this coffee so I really wanted to use it.

I took the tasting notes and asked my brother, Rob, an ex-cocktail bartender for ideas. He came up with this, and all I had to change was Grand Marnier in place of Cointreau (you have to use Grand Marnier in the World Championships) and espresso in place of Kahlua.

Advocaat is brilliant. It has a colossal image problem. It’s the crusty yellow bottle at the back of the sideboard that your Nan insists on drinking at Christmas. It’s been there since 1976, rumour has it that it’s made from eggs and it tastes like death. Throw that away. Buy a new bottle, keep it in the fridge and use it within 6 months. That’s good Advocaat!

Essentially what you have is a kind of smooth, sweet, velvety brandy custard. The mouthfeel is divine and the flavour is beautifully neutral so it’s a great base for pudding cocktail flavours.

When I made this cocktail I had one of my friends try it and he described it as a Terry’s Chocolate Orange made of silk.

It’s easy to make too, although you do need an espresso machine.

Take 60ml Advocaat in a shaker glass. I use Warninks, but I don’t really think it matters. Add 30ml Grand Marnier and a double espresso. I use 22g Los Lajones Natural Caturra brewed to about 33g in about 30 seconds, so it’s pretty short and pretty tight. Top up the glass with ice, seal the tin on top and shake until the tin is covered in condensation.

Split the tin and double strain (Hawthorn strainer and sieve) into a Martini glass.

Garnish with either an orange peel twist or alternatively (if you feel REALLY cheesy and 80’s) a wedge of orange with a pink cocktail umbrella.

Just Like Paradise!

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