Don’t Judge Me Mondays: The Wake Up Call
A lot of people ask me where I get inspiration for my recipes. One source is food related podcasts. I was recently listening to one of my favorites, Spilled Milk, one of the drinks they discussed caught my ear. It was a drink made of espresso and tonic water. I’d never heard of it before, but knew right away that I wanted to find a way to make it into a cocktail! I’ve made mine with seltzer water so it would be easier to control the sweetness and it’s quite tasty! I also like this drink because it’s perfect for this weird purgatory weather period we’re in here in the Pacific Northwest, where fall has begun but things still feel a little summery. It’s iced for the summer part, but has the sense of warmth from the coffee, if that makes sense.
I also like this drink because it’s something new to add to your brunch cocktail repertoire. We all know how much I love bubbly, but it’s nice to have another option (and I just can’t handle Bloody Marys). 🙂
Let’s get to the drink already!
You’ll start by mixing the espresso powder with the boiling water. If you have a machine, you should totally use a shot of espresso. We don’t so I used the powder and it’s still delicious. Let it cool to room temperature.
Fill a tall and skinny cocktail glass with ice and pour in the espresso. Next add the Kahlua. I chose Kahlua for this drink to intensify the coffee flavor and also add some sweetness. It really works! Now you’ll top the drink off with seltzer water and stir.
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1 1/2 ounces Kahlua
- 3 ounces seltzer water
- Mix the espresso powder with the boiling water. Let it cool to room temperature.
- Fill a tall and skinny cocktail glass with ice and pour in the espresso.
- Pour in the Kahlua and top off with seltzer water.
- Stir and enjoy.