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Martini Coffee? Or Coffee Martini?

by Alex Knapp on 4 July 2010

iced-coffee-martiniEsquire‘s Todd Carmichael has an excellent recipe for iced coffee (“How to Make Iced Coffee Like a Martini“):

There’s nothing better in the summer, but so often it comes out all wrong — the ice is melted, the coffee is diluted. Here’s how to make a proper iced coffee — one that actually resembles coffee. (You might be surprised to find that there’s a cocktail shaker involved.) Try it, and you’ll find it impossible to drink the watery mess found in chain cafes ever again.

• Pour your best strong, hot coffee into a stainless steel martini shaker.

• Place the shaker into an ice bucket or large bowl filled with ice and water.

• When the coffee is cool, add ice to the shaker as if making a martini (and sweet condensed milk if you wish), shake vigorously, and pour into a chilled mug, leaving the offending ice behind.

You might rightly ask, if you’re going through all this trouble, why not just have a martini?   But there are times when caffeine, not alcohol, is the appropriate drug of choice.

About Alex Knapp

Alex has been published in the Kansas City Star, TCS Daily, and Comic Book Resources. He’s been blogging at Heretical Ideas since October, 2001 and at Outside the Beltway since June 2006. He also reviews cigars at Cigar Jack's Cigar News and Reviews.

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