I wanted to give you another iteration of my original Manhattan Special Espresso Martini. This one is less fizz and a little more buzz. I am replacing the Manhattan Special with Bomani Cold Buzz. I was introduced to Bomani this past weekend while out at New York Marketplace & Brewery District Westbury. They were giving samples of this great alcohol – infused cold brew coffee. After trying it, I decided to pick up a four pack. I hope to make another drink recipe or 2 with it.
The guys at Bomani Cold Buzz started with the cold brew coffee as part of the original recipe, determined to formulate a blend of beans that could be enjoyed by everyone from a sophisticated, complex coffee drinker to a more casual coffee drinker. After months of experimenting with different beans, they ultimately decided that Southern Mexico, Peru, and Nicaragua were the ideal places to grow BOMANI.
BOMANI is only 110 calories, 0g sugar and 0g carbs at 5.7% ABV and half a cup of coffee’s worth of caffeine. BOMANI is also gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, vegan, and Kosher. Their ingredient list is short and simple with just 4 ingredients: water, alcohol derived from sugar, cold brew coffee, and natural flavors.
- 2.5 oz. Bomani Cold Buzz
- 2.5 oz. Coffee liqueur (I use Knight Gabriello)
- 2 oz. Vodka (Zyr Vodka)
- 3 Espresso beans
- Similar to the Manhattan Special Espresso Martini, add all ingredients and ice into a shaker.
- Shake for 15 – 20 seconds, for that velvety foam.
- Strain into a martini or cocktail glass.
- Garnish with 3 coffee beans, for good luck.
For my Long Island friends, if you are in the area of Total Wines Westbury, stop into the New York Marketplace & Brewery District on Saturday between 3-6PM. Give it a try for yourself. You can also mix it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a nice treat.
For those who missed it, check out this little nugget.
Fun Tip: Originally called the Vodka Espresso it was created in 1983 by the British bartender, Dick Bradsell, who worked at the Soho Brasserie. According to the story, a top model asked for a drink that would wake her up and fuck her up. Vodka was the most popular spirit at the time and the bartenders’ cocktail area was located right next to the espresso machine, and so the Espresso Martini was born.