Coffee is great. Cocktails are great. But which should you drink on a Friday night?
Obviously, we’d say coffee (we’re slightly biased) but, thanks to some talented friends, we’ve discovered a way to have both at the same time.
At Mojo, a bar just down the road from us in Leeds, they know their way around a cocktail. And they’ve brewed up a couple of cracking drinks which take classic cocktail recipes and add a delightful caffeinated twist.
One of them features coffee, and the other features green tea by our sister brand, Taylors of Harrogate. Read on for the recipes.
Hot Lava Java Martini (pictured above)
Uses strong, over-brewed coffee – the extra bitterness works well with the sweetness of the pisco and crème de cacao.
Fill a cafetière ⅓ full with Hot Lava Java.
Fill to top with boiled (not boiling) water.
Leave for 5-10 minutes, and press.
1 part ABA Pisco (or vodka)
1 part White Cacao liqueur
3 parts Hot Lava Java
Add to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice, shake, then strain into a martini glass.
Green Tea and Ginger Mojito
First off, make a simple syrup: add boiling water to white sugar (1:1 ratio by volume) and stir well to dissolve.
Then turn it into a green tea syrup – essentially a very sweet, over-brewed green tea – by adding Taylors of Harrogate Green Tea with Lemon tea bags. Wait a few minutes for it to cool a little, then use 2 bags per litre of syrup and leave for around 10 minutes.
Then add the following to a highball glass:
1 ½ parts Havana Club Rum
½ part Kings Ginger Liqueur
2 lime wedges
2 Mint Sprigs
¾ Green Tea Syrup
¾ fresh lime juice
‘Muddle’ in the bottom of the glass (that’s basically mixing and roughly squashing it – a wooden muddler is perfect, but you could use a wooden spoon). Add lots and lots of crushed ice, then top up with soda.