I was reading about "Cafe di Reflessione" in a recent Punch article. Fresh herbs, citrus peels and coffee beans are steeped in hot water, and then the liquid is combined with an Amaro. I tried the version below in my Moka Coffee Pot, and it tasted heavenly. The first smell was fresh rosemary, and when I tasted it, the flavours of both lemon and rosemary, were subtle, whilst the oils in the peel and the rosemary lent a mellow edge to the drink. A perfect base for a cocktail, hot or cold!

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Ingredients

 2 oz Amaro/Coffee mixture (see below)
 1 oz Mr Black
 1 oz Dark Rum ( I used Chairmans Reserve)
 2 tsp Toasted Sesame Seed Syrup (see below)
 2 tbsp Single cream (hot version)
 3 tsp Condensed milk (cold version)

Directions

1

Using a Moka Coffee Pot (above recipe for 6 cup pot, which will make 4 drinks). Add 4 tbsp freshly ground espresso to coffee compartment. In water compartment add 2 oz of Amaro Meletti (or other Amaro if preferred), 6 oz of water, 6 strips of lemon peel, and rosemary (tear the rosemary leaves off a 6 inch stem of rosemary). Assemble Moka Pot, and brew coffee per Pot instructions. Other herbs, citrus, and Amaro can also be substituted.

2

Toasted Sesame Seed Syrup:
Toast 1/2 cup sesame seeds in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 mins until lightly browned.
Put 1 cup water and 1 cup of sugar in a pan, and heat until sugar is dissolved.
Bring syrup to almost a boil, add toasted sesame seeds. Take off heat, and allow sesame seeds to steep overnight. Strain the seeds from the syrup.

3

For the hot version of the coffee, temper a cup or glass or small mug with hot water, whilst the coffee is brewing.

4

Add 2 teaspoons of toasted sesame seed syrup to the cup, plus 2 oz of the hot coffee, stir in 1oz of Rum and 1 oz of Mr Black. Float single cream on top (if desired). Garnish with coffee beans, or fresh herbs.

5

For the cold version, leave the prepared coffee to cool and place in the fridge overnight. Also place serving glass in freezer overnight. When ready to serve, mix 2 oz of prepared coffee, with 1 oz Mr Black, 1 oz of Rum, and 2 tsp of toasted sesame seed syrup, in a mixing jug. Set aside in fridge.

6

To build the cold drink, take the glass out of the freezer, and drizzle 1-2 tsp of condensed milk around the inside of the glass. Pile some crushed ice in the glass, resembling a mountain. Pour over the prepared cold cocktail. Drizzle the remaining condensed milk over the top of the mountain, and garnish with finely grated lemon peel.


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