Third place in our recent Espresso Martini tasting went to Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon. The only victor to ask for cold brew—albeit in the form of a concentrate—the drink was otherwise standard, mixing in a three-quarter ounce each of Stoli 100 Proof vodka and Kahlua, while eschewing simple syrup. In a clandestine touch, Morgenthaler instructed a lemon peel be expressed into the mixing tin before shaking.
- 1 ounce cold brew concentrate
- 3/4 ounce vodka, preferably Stoli 100 Proof
- 3/4 ounce Kahlua
- lemon peel
Garnish: three coffee beans
- Combine the first three ingredients in a mixing tin with ice.
- Express the lemon peel into the mixing tin, discard, then shake.
- Strain into a chilled coupe.
- Garnish with three coffee beans.
Cold Brew Concentrate
1 pound coarse ground coffee
2 quarts water
In a large container, combine the coffee and 1 quart of water. Stir until all the coffee grounds are wet and let sit for half an hour. Add the remaining water and briefly stir. Cover and let sit for 24 hours. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer. Run the strained mixture through a coffee filter to clarify it.