I was given an old Frugal Gourmet cookbook, and it has a recipe for a Kaluha-type beverage. Basically (and this is from memory, so it may be slightly off, but I think I’m pretty much right), you make a simple syrup of 4c. water, 4c. sugar and 2oz. instant espresso. Add a vanilla bean. When it cools, add a fifth of burbon. Bottle it up and let it root for a couple months. Not exactly homemade, but I was thinking it might make an interesting gift. I’ve seen other recipes that use less water in the syrup, real coffee beans and cocoa nibs. I’m not a huge Frug fan, but I feel like this could be up his alley and would tend to go with his recipe.
Has anyone tried anything like this—including other “flavors?” What did you think?
Would you use a good, medium or cheap bourbon? I can’t figure it out. On the one hand, you’re surely getting flavor. On the other hand, you’ve got a whole lot of other ingredients masking it.
I’d love your thoughts!!!