A wee while ago we made some coffee infused bourbon and it’s such a wonderful thing that it would be a shame not to use it in some more recipes. And in our last exciting episode we talked a bit about the horse’s neck garnish. Might be nice to find another use for that too, right? Enter the Roadrunner. Based on the most superbo Boulevardier – itself a Negroni variation – my very own Roadrunner uses our bean boosted bourbon and a long curl of thinly sliced orange peel for a extra kick of flavour. I like to serve the ‘runner on the stem simply to be a bit contrarian (horse’s necks being more often found in a long glass and Negroni relatives in a tumbler) but you could serve it in an double Old Fashioned glass with a big cube if that seems a bit racy for you. If you were a fan of the star anise infused Campari from our Red Star a few weeks back I’ve added an option of using a little of that too but be careful to get the balance right so that the anise doesn’t overpower the spice of the coffee. Very much a drink for lovers of cocktails with a bitter spicy edge, the Roadrunner could be toned down a touch by using a less bitter vermouth such as Dolin. While I didn’t have any to hand, I’ve reason to suspect that Carpano Antica might be another option (hey, coffee and vanilla anyone!) but I wouldn’t want to confuse you with too many alternatives. That’s all folks!
1.5oz / 45ml coffee infused bourbon (see here).
0.75oz / 22ml Campari*
0.75oz / 22ml Italian vermouth**
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled champagne coupé containing an orange horse’s neck cut directly over the glass.
Toast Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.
*You can use a little of your StarPari if you like. I’d go 0.5oz regular and 0.25oz anise infused.
**I use Punt e Mes but that might be too bitter for some. See text for alternatives.
By quiddity 25th November 2019 - 5:40 pm
OK, I have just stumbled on this site and I love it, and I’m commenting so I can subscribe to new posts, because I can’t see any other way of doing so.
If only spirits weren’t so damn pricey here in Sweden
By Andy 28th November 2019 - 11:35 am
Thanks, I’m very pleased that you are enjoying the site. Articles are published every other Friday (mostly) and you can follow me on Facebook where a link to all new articles is posted as soon as they come out. Yes, it sucks living somewhere that spirit prices are so high. Tomorrow I’ll be publishing an article that might be of some help 😉 Skål!