Rachel Zottenberg’s Brandy Alexander at The Emerald Supper Club
If you been following the Hand Crafted Spirits Show, you may have caught a few segments where Joe Leary and I search for tasty cocktails on TSN1410. This week we were off for some house-made Kahlua as we catch up with Rachel Zottenberg at The Emerald Super Club.
Catch the AUDIO in this clip.
Here’s The Emerald’s version of a Brandy Alexander
Start in a shaker
1.5 oz brandy
1 oz House made Kahlua liqueur
1 oz whipping cream (*soy milk can be used as a substitution here)
Add ice and shake vigorously.
Fine strain into martini glass or coupe.
Garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.
The Emerald’s house-made Kahlua
1 750ml bottle of Absolute Elyx Vodka
2 cups Havana Club Rum Anjeo
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup of instant coffee granules (make sure this is just straight instant coffee – no flavours)
(and yes instant coffee is the choice here, it offers great flavour and smoothness)
1 vanilla bean scraped out
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup dark chocolate cooking chocolate
1 orange peel (no pith only peel)
6 cups of water
Boil water, coffee, sugar, cinnamon and chocolate together; drop to a simmer.
At simmer, add your orange peel and vanilla and stir for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the vodka and rum; allow to cool.
Strain out items or leave them in depending on how long you plan on using the Kahlua. *Keep Kahlua refrigerated.
About The Emerald
The Emerald Supper Club and Cocktail Lounge, located in Chinatown, features an old school Vegas vibe, complete with vintage décor. Now in its third year of operations, the restaurant has become known for its eclectic events line-up, spirit-forward cocktails and satisfying mix of snacks and heartier dishes.
The drink menu features a variety of cheers-worthy classic and signature cocktails, along with 16 perfectly-curated beers on tap and many bottles to choose from as well. The wine list features great local and international selections.
About The Emerald’s Brand Alexander cocktail
“At The Emerald, we make a small tweak to the classic Brandy Alexander recipe by using our house-made Kahlua liqueur in place of the dark creme de cacao normally used in the drink,” says Rachel Zottenberg, owner. “This small change adds a delicious nutty, coffee element to the classic cocktail.”