Despite the name, the classic Mind Eraser is really just a watered down Black Russian. This version subs in mighty 151-proof rum to give it a little more kick. It's worth seeking out Lemon Hart 151 for its rich, bold flavor.
'coffee liqueur' on Serious Eats
Enter the new Kahlúa Midnight. It's a higher-octane version of Kahlúa—the familiar coffee liqueur gets blended with rum for extra punch.
DIY coffee liqueur tastes like like a fresh cup of coffee with added depth from rum and just enough sugar to make it great for sipping or mixing—or baking and dessert garnishing. The quick steeping time means no patience is required.
Eleven months a year, Bottom Shelf research coordinator Emily and I have a fair, precise, and effective labor agreement: I do the shopping and the cooking, and she does the everything elseing. This suits me fine because I like to cook. Or rather, I like to eat and drink things that have been prepared in my kitchen and to my specifications; that's the only way to ensure the Brussels sprouts get burned, the whiskey gets overpoured, and the mustard gets slathered on every edible surface.
It's getting hard to keep track of the extensive Kahlúa flavored family: mocha, French vanilla, hazelnut, especial, and peppermint mocha. And that's not even including their ready-to-drink concoctions: Original Mudslide, White Russian, Banana Mudslide, Cappuccino Mudslide, chocolate latte, Rspberry White Russian—phew! And with the launch of Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice this month, I can't help but wonder whether the world really needs another Kahlúa on the shelf.
This brunch cocktail is named after the infamous Lucrenzia Borgia, a woman whose family originated from Valencia (home of the famous oranges). She was rumored to have proclivities for incest and poisoning anyone who got in her way. These are just rumors, though; she was also purported to be beautiful, blond and buxom, which is how these rumors tend to start. To that I say, hate on, haters.
This brunch drink is based on the café Borgia, which is the first coffee drink I ever tried. Espresso, chocolate, steamed milk and orange zest: I was hooked. This grownup version is made with chilled Stumptown coffee, homemade coffee liqueur, a little chocolate liqueur, a dash of orange bitters, and topped with frothed milk.