I don’t understand this trend of people not drinking coffee. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore tea right down to the Parisian Mariage Frères Earl Grey tea with its lovely bergamot scent when you brew it! But people that don’t drink coffee are like an alien race to me. I get up super early, around 4:30am, mainly for yoga but also other fun athletic classes during the week. I work late. So caffeinating is a part of life for me as my fitness happens before I head in to the office. Fortunately, one thing I have loved my whole life is that wonderful smell of coffee brewing, and as a kid I liked coffee-flavoured candy. I even have two Nespresso makers, one at home (see above) and one at the office.
So allow me to deviate from vegan recipes and organic life for a moment to dish about a really fun 3-part coffee event I went to. It may convince the anti-coffee-folks they’re missing something (or not, and that’s cool, too). I belong to a Euro-centric group called French Tuesdays and they partnered with Nespresso for three Tuesdays over the course of three months to explore different coffee and food tastings. (YES!!! LOVE!!! French culture AND coffee in one place!!!)
They brought in sommeliers and mixologists from a place called Bouchon, and Bouchon also catered. What was so divine about these events was the glorious way they wove the coffee into the drinks and food. Everything was partnered to bring out specific tastes, like you would expect at a wine tasting. We’d take a sip of wine, follow with a bit of coffee, and then grab a taste of yummy lobster roll.
One of my favourites was combining a blood orange juice with iced coffee that had citrus undertones in it. And the other was this fantastic beverage from a Bouchon mixologist, which, lucky for you, I scored the recipe and am putting below for you to try. You’ll need a few things that are off the beaten path, but you’ll be so surprised at how delicious this coffee cocktail is. Even if you ARE of the alien race that doesn’t like coffee! It’s ok, we can still be friends even if you don’t like coffee, I promise!
The North& South from Shawn Lickliter
1.5 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
.75 oz Fig - Hazelino Elixir
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 oz Chilled ‘Voltesso’ Nespresso coffee
2 Dashes of Fee Old Fashioned Bitters
Garnish with a lemon twist
Writer: Christie Cole