Friday, September 11, 2009

stamos gin fizz

1 1/2 oz Gin
1 1/2 oz Kahlua Coffee Cream (*)
1 tsp Cinnamon Simple Syrup (**)
1 Egg White

Dry shake ingredients for 20 seconds. Add ice and shake hard for 3 minutes. Strain into a highball glass and top with soda water. Add a 1/2 oz soda water to shaker, swirl, and gently pour on top. Dust top of foam with a muddle coffee bean and garnish with a Stamos stirrer (***). Add drinking straw.

Yesterday's Thursday Drink Night at the Mixoloseum chatroom was sponsored by Kahlua to promote their new Coffee Cream liqueur. For a submission idea, I decided that I wanted to do a Ramos Gin Fizz-style drink. The coffee in the liqueur made me think of breakfast, and similarly, the Ramos is a common breakfast cocktail in New Orleans akin to a Bloody Mary or Mimosa in other parts of the country. However, the presence of the curdle-able cream liqueur prevented the use of citrus products present in the Ramos, so we added some extra flavors with a cinnamon simple syrup. Cinnamon is often used to spice coffee in Mexico which thematically worked well with this liqueur which sources its coffee beans from there. The end product had a great coffee nose from the freshly muddled dark roast coffee bean powder, and the drink tasted like a coffee ice cream soda. KaiserPenguin's comment was that the Stamos was nice and light, perhaps due to how none of the ingredients were overbearing in the mix.

(*) Kahlua Coffee Cream is not out yet and will only be available for a short time (I believe it will be a Christmastime product). We estimate that a 2-3 part Kahlua to 1 part cream ratio would approximate (or here, 1 oz Kahlua and 1/2 oz cream) if this product is not yet or no longer available.
(**) Beachbum Berry's recipe in Sipping Safari is 1 stick of cinnamon broken up per 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup sugar. Bring to a boil while stirring, and simmer for 2 minutes. Let cool for 2 hours. Strain out cinnamon bark, and store in the refrigerator for up to a month. A rush option of a 10 minute simmer (and no long no-heat steeping) would work too.
(***) Print out your own Stamos here. Pick the size depending on your mood, or make all 4 for the Full House feel.

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