coffee & rye: cracking the code
Jul. 11, 2010 4:30 pm
Updated: Sep. 3, 2010 1:39 am
I cracked the code. The code of the coffee-bean rye-whiskey cordial. It’s not exactly unlocking the secret formula of Coca-Cola. In fact, the recipe's extremely simple--though the payoff in deliciousness is super-size. Also, sharing the formula here does
not violate corporate patent law. I don't think.
About a month ago, we visited a wonderful restaurant called
Rye in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. What a place! I’ll include some snaps below. Kind of an unlikely spot, Rye. Off the beaten path, down along a street of brick-built row-houses with folks hanging out on the stoops, kids playing ball in the narrow street.
We got there early and stayed late.
And it was a great dinner, with lots of lingering, maybe a little loitering, and at the end of the evening we sealed in the glory with a glass of rye whiskey infused with coffee beans. It was served simply, over ice with a twist of orange. No harsh edges within
a mile. And a long coffee-flavored finish that hung in there clear till we got back to the hotel in Manhattan.
A week later in Seattle, I took to thinking again about this cordial that combined two of my favorite things. And I do believe I've successfully reverse engineered it. And now, with the blessing of my attorneys, I would like to share (and thank you, Siovhan,
Rye-Whiskey & Coffee-Bean Cordial
1 bottle of rye whiskey
About 1/3 cup of high quality coffee beans
Zest of 3 oranges
1/4 cup of sugar (note: I didn't include sugar with this batch but thought it could use some next time)
Combine ingredients in a jar with a tight seal. Store away in a closet or pantry for a couple weeks. Then strain it through cheesecloth.
Once in a while, I’d shake the jar, though I can’t say for certain that this is a good, bad, or indifferent thing to do to it. It felt right. At any rate, it came out dark and rich, deeply coffee flavored.
Mmm, it's great over ice with a twist as we had it at Rye. But we've also been tinkering around with having it in a cocktail, and I think we've hit upon a worthy recipe. The key, I think, is to bring out the orange flavor with Cointreau (or Grand Marnier) and
then brighten it all up with just a very slight squeeze of lemon.
Rye-Whiskey & Coffee-Bean Cordial Cocktail
1.5 ounces coffee-bean infused rye whiskey
About 1/2 ounce of Cointreau
Just a quick, weak-handed squeeze of lemon
Stir the ingredients together over ice and serve with a twist of orange peel.
Rye Whiskey Cordial
Rye, Williamsburg, Brklyn
rye whiskey cordial cocktail
rye whiskey cordial