March 21, 2014 – The Republic Steakhouse
1 oz. Italian brandy
1/4 oz. amaretto
1 cup hot espresso
Heat brandy and amaretto in an Irish coffee glass (do not boil). Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Fill with hot espresso, stir, and top with cream.
After some discussion about a suitable substitute for Italian brandy, Ryan chose Cerbois Bas Armagnac V.S.O.P (see A & B). Along the same lines as an Irish coffee, the armagnac and amaretto brought spicy, rich notes to the strong espresso, giving it the overall impression of drinking dark chocolate. Ryan also gilded the lily for me with some Chantilly cream (lightly sweetened whipped cream flavored with vanilla). This is a fantastic after-dinner coffee drink that I will definitely be ordering again.
As no one had really heard of Italian brandy, I did some research. I found four different brands, Nonino, Poli Uvaviva, Stock 84, and Vecchia Romagna. I will definitely try to find one of these the next time I’m at the liquor store.
Cin! Cin! (Italian)