Coffee Liqueurs: A Cocktail Ingredient, But Perfect for Baking and Other Uses Too -
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Coffee Liqueurs: A Cocktail Ingredient, But Perfect for Baking and Other Uses Too

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Coffee liqueur might be the last thing on your grocery list. The home bartenders will definitely be familiar with Kahlua, one of the more well-known coffee liqueurs in the market. However, with the emergence of coffee culture in Singapore, coffee liqueur has taken on a new focus, with artisan brands creating new and exciting options. 

Australia is one of the few places in the world with an extremely great coffee culture and this is evident with the numerous amounts of quality roasteries and cafes over there. One example is Mr Black, a two-in-one roastery and distillery founded in Sydney. Over there, they craft their flagship product – Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, all by hand. The coffee, united with a touch of Australian wheat vodka, results in an intense, bittersweet blend of cold brew liqueur with notes of caramel and cacao.

The true-blue coffee purists will know that the fragrant and bittersweet aftertaste is an essential in a good cuppa Joe. The great thing about coffee liqueurs is that its flavours go so well with desserts. There’s no brewing involved but you can easily punch up the flavour of your desserts with a simple addition of some coffee liqueur. 

We have some simple adult-friendly sweets recipes – that don’t involve tiramisu – right here for your next pot-luck session. 

Iced Coffee 

(recipe from https://mrblack.co/row/cocktails/hard-iced-coffee/)

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First things first, we can start with some iced coffee. That’s definitely everyone’s favourite – and if you get some vodka boost early in the morning, why not? Plus, this only takes two ingredients, and you don’t even need to brew your own coffee! 

Ingredients: 
60ml Mr Black
Milk of your choice
Lots of ice

Method: 
Add Mr Black and ice, top it off with a few splashes of milk and you’re done! 

Basque Cheesecake 

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This is the cheesecake variety that has been taking over social media by storm in the recent months. Find your favourite recipe, then replace the lemon juice with 60ml of Mr Black Coffee Liqueur and thank us later. If the recipe doesn’t call for lemon juice, you can just go ahead and add the coffee liqueur. 

Coffee Truffles 

(recipe adapted from https://www.recipesmadeeasy.co.uk/coffee-truffles/)

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250g milk chocolate
75ml double cream 
30ml Mr Black Coffee Liqueur 
1 tbsp instant coffee granules 
200g chocolate of your choice (for coating)
Cocoa powder for dusting 

Method

  • Line a 900g (2lb) loaf tin with parchment.
  • Break the milk chocolate into small pieces.
  • Heat the cream in a small saucepan with the Kahlua and coffee granules over a low heat stirring until the coffee has dissolved and the cream is beginning to bubble around the edge of the pan.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate. Stir constantly until the chocolate has melted and combined with the cream to produce a smooth chocolate cream (ganache).
  • Immediately pour into the lined loaf tin and allow to cool, then chill for 2 – 4 hours until firm.
  • Remove the mixture from the tin and cut into 24 pieces. Pinch and roll each piece into ball and place on a baking tray lined with parchment. Return to the refrigerator until you are ready to roll the chocolates.
  • To coat the truffles, melt about two thirds of the chocolate over a pan of hot water. Remove from the heat. Add the remaining chocolate and stir continuously until all the chocolate has melted.
  • Dip the fingertips of both hands into tempered chocolate and pick up a truffle. Roll the truffle in a circular movement between your fingertips until coated in the chocolate. Place on a clean sheet of baking parchment.
  • Once all the truffles have all been dipped, repeat the rolling again to add a second, slightly thicker, layer of chocolate. Return to the baking parchment and allow to set.
  • Dust with a little cocoa powder if desired.
    

Frosted cookies are one of our childhood favourites and we’re totally game to give this adult version a try! This will definitely be the crowd’s favourite!

Chocolate Coffee Liqueur Cookies

(recipe adapted from: https://www.landolakes.com/recipe/17571/chocolate-coffee-liqueur-cookies/)

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Frosted cookies are one of our childhood favourites and we’re totally game to give this adult version a try! This will definitely be the crowd’s favourite!

Ingredients: 
Cookies
1 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup brewed coffee, cooled
1/4 cup Mr Black Coffee Liqueur  
2 large eggs
2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Frosting
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Mr Black Coffee Liqueur  
3 to 4 tablespoons brewed coffee, cooled

Method: 

  • Preheat oven to 175°F.
  • Combine sugar, 2/3 cup butter, 1/3 cup coffee, 1/4 cup liqueur, eggs, melted chocolate, and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.
  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-12 minutes or until set. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  • Combine all frosting ingredients except 3 to 4 tablespoons coffee in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and gradually adding enough coffee for desired spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies. Drizzle with melted chocolate chips, if desired.

There you go, four easy recipes that you can whip up for every occasion! Coffee liqueurs are so versatile, you can add them into a lot of desserts as an added flavour. They aren’t just for drinking. Get your creative juices together and put them to good use! 

Our Recommended Pick

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Mr. Black Coffee Amaro is an award-winning fantastic tipple from the Mr. Black range, which fuses two types of liqueur within one liquid – coffee liqueur and bitter amaro. It’s based around the original Mr. Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur, combined with 14 botanicals, including the likes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, gentian, caraway, liquorice root, cardamom, macadamia and more. Pour over ice and enjoy after a hearty meal.

Awards

International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2014: Silver Outstanding
International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2015: Silver Outstanding
International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2016: Packaging Silver
International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2019: Bronze

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