There is, as you will probably know, a rather famous coffee liqueur.
In my kitchen there is a jar of something very similar… let’s call it Aunty Mary. After all, I’m not Spanish so I wouldn’t call it Tia…. oh but there you go, it’s NOT the famous coffee liqueur, is it?
It’s me with a bottle of vodka, knocking up rough and ready flavoured alcoholic drinks, ready for the Christmas party season.
This is simplicity itself…. first of all, make some espresso coffee.
For a bottle of vodka, I need two cups of espresso
and a vanilla pod and some sugar……
Slice the pod (look at it shining.. it is almost seeping with deep, rich vanilla-ey essence)
Pop it into the jar with a couple of mug fulls of sugar (remember if this is to be a liqueur it needs to be sweet and almost syrupy)
Pour in the coffee
Then add a bottle of vodka……. all of it…..
And leave it……. and do you know… it’s not rough and ready at all… it’s rather smooth and delicious!
Once you are ready to celebrate…. Aunty Mary sends Festive Greetings…. and says Cheers!