Don’t Waste, Drink! #2

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Last week we looked at making cordials from spent citrus peels.


https://smokestackleeds.co.uk/blog/2020/04/17/dont-waste-drink/


In this session, we’re going to be creating espresso martinis using leftover coffee grounds.


The espresso martini is an incredibly popular drink at Smokestack. In fact, we sold over 2200 last year!

Check out our full cocktail menu here!


A classic recipe involves vodka, espresso, and either sugar or a coffee liqueur. So how does that change using leftover coffee and how do we turn it into an-in-one party mix?!

You will need

  • Any leftover coffee grounds (at last 250g to get going)
  • A set of scales
  • A mason jar/jam jar or anything you can put a lid on!
  • Caster sugar (but any white sugar will work as well)
  • Your spirit of choice (vodka is traditional but feel free to experiment!)

Step 1:

Well done you’ve already completed this step by drinking delicious coffee all week! All you have to do now is save any of that leftover coffee ‘sludge’ sitting at the bottom of your cafetiere. Freezing is an option to stop the coffee from going mouldy.

Step 2:

There are two methods for this next step:

i) Cold Process
Take 250g of your leftover coffee and add to 500g of your chosen spirit. Give the jar a shake and
then leave overnight or at least for a few hours to infuse together. Once the infusion is complete
strain the mix through a coffee filter or muslin cloth into another sterilised jar; you will some a little
volume due to absorption. Now add 100g of sugar and stir until it is all dissolved. You can add more
sugar if you have a sweet tooth!


ii) Hot Process
This is ideal if you are taking the grounds from your freezer. Add 250g of your leftover coffee and
500g of your chosen spirit to a pan on a low/medium heat. Let it sit for 20 mins, stirring occasionally
and not letting it boil, then add 100g of sugar and stir until dissolved. Allow cooling naturally. then
strain off through a coffee filter or muslin cloth.

Step 3:

Pour your mixture into a sterilised bottle and refrigerate. Congratulations you now have an all-in-one espresso martini mix!

Bonus Points

If you want to add further dimensions to your mix then you can use the following:
• Add a tsp of vanilla essence to your infusion or use a vanilla sugar instead of caster
• Throw in some winter spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg when using the hot process
method
• Try alternative sweeteners such as honey or agave to add further viscosity


Now drink!

All in one Espresso Martini

One to enjoy at home!


100ml Espresso Martini mix
Method: Shake with ice. Strain into a stemmed glass and enjoy!

Share your creations with us via Instagram and be sure to check out next weeks episode on how to use waste vegetables to create the perfect at home Bloody Mary.

Check out the full video below on how to make the mix!