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Coffee Cocktail Recipes: The Dutch

A Rich Cocktail for Rich Tastes

The Dutch may be one of the finest coffee cocktails around. The Dutch is comprised of thick, rich, silky, chocolatey cold or Dutch Brewed coffee along with the herbal, spicy, and complex flavors of Chartreuse all tied together with the expertly crafted coffee ice sphere courtesy of your Pressice Barware Ice Ball Press Kit. 

There are several options here when it comes to the coffee component but rest assured you will be in good hands with your Pressice Barware coffee ice sphere kit regardless. The ice sphere will tie this cocktail together perfectly whether you choose cold brew, iced coffee, or Dutch Brew. That is because your ice sphere will be brewed with espresso and when expertly crafted with your Pressice Bareware ice sphere kit you will be treated to an innervating yet refreshing coffee cocktail par excellence. Keep reading to learn more about this magnificent beverage. 

Coffee 101:
Cold Brew, Dutch Brew, Iced Coffee, and Espresso 

  • Taking a few cues from the barista’s playbook can never hurt a bartender or cocktail mixologist, far from it. Gaining knowledge from other sources can only strengthen your cocktail game. So here is some key information about the myriad modes of coffee referenced in this recipe. To begin they are all strictly speaking "coffee". That means they all come from coffee beans and though their roast type and grind type may differ for each one the main thing that separates them all is how they are brewed. Here is a quick breakdown of each type of coffee; 
  • Cold Brew -  As its name suggests it is coffee brewed cold. That means the beans have been immersed in cold or room temperature water, put in the fridge for 12-24 hours, strained, and enjoyed. This is significant because when coffee is brewed cold it comes out less acidic and subtle hints and notes that may be obscured when the beans are brewed hot come out and shine. Cold-brew is usually prepared from coarsely ground light roasted beans and can be stored for up to 2 weeks. Cold-brew is thick, rich, silky, and generally has some chocolatey hints and notes. 
  • Dutch Brew -  Another cold-brewed style of coffee, this method was invented by Dutch sailors in the 1700s to keep coffee for long voyages as cold-brewed coffee can be stored for a week or so. Dutch Brew is also usually prepared from light roasted and coarsely ground coffee beans but differs from cold-brew in the way it is brewed. While cold-brew grounds are immersed in water in a bottle or jar, Dutch Brew is slow-brewed in an impressive glass and wood tower specially designed for Dutch Brew. It works by dripping water slowly through a series of glass tubes onto the ground over a period of 3-12 hours. Dutch Brew is a bit lighter and more ethereal than cold-brew and offers more of a dark chocolate or bread flavor palette. 
  • Iced Coffee -  Iced coffee is hot coffee that has been cooled and has had ice added to it. Sounds simple, right? More specifically it is hot brewed espresso added to cold water and ice. Iced coffee offers the same flavor hints and notes as a hot brew with the distinction of being, well, cold. This means it will still be acidic but with bright and potentially fruity and floral flavors. Iced coffee is often prepared from dark roasted beans that have been finely ground for an espresso machine.  
  • Espresso -  A hot brewed style of coffee, espresso is prepared from dark roasted coffee beans that have been ground incredibly fine. Then, the grounds are tightly packed into an espresso portafilter and connected to the espresso machine. Hot water is blasted through the grounds for a short duration, usually about 20-30 seconds or so. The shots that come out are super concentrated and pack quite the caffeine punch. This power can be attested to by anyone who has swapped their usual shot of liquor for a shot of espresso. Espresso is thick, rich, and a bit caramelly. When diluted with other ingredients it can build a truly incredible beverage. For those who do not have an espresso machine, coffee pods or a moka pot can offer coffee similar enough to espresso. Otherwise one can grab espresso shots from a cafe or coffee shop.

What You Will Need

Though this recipe calls for espresso and one of the other three styles of coffee above, feel free to improvise and work with what you may have on hand!

To properly prepare the Dutch coffee cocktail you will need some key ingredients. Let us learn a bit more about what goes into this superb coffee cocktail; 

Pressice Barware Ice Sphere Kit
Pressice Barware silicone ice cube mold 
Pressice Barware Old Fashioned glass or mug of your choice
• Espresso or other strong coffee (enough for 1-2 ice spheres)
4 oz/ 120ml of Cold Brew, Dutch Brew, or Iced Coffee
1 oz/ 30ml of Yellow Chartreuse Soda water 

How to Fix The Dutch 

1.  To craft your espresso ice spheres, first brew or purchase your espresso, prepare your moka pot coffee, or coffee pods. Pour your espresso into your Pressice Barware silicone ice cube mold. Once you have poured your coffee into your mold you can place it right in the freezer even if the coffee is hot. The illustrious Mbembe effect will cool and freeze the hot liquid.  

2. Once your ice cubes are fully frozen, remove one and place it between your Pressice Barware ice sphere kit. Allow your Pressice Barware ice sphere kit to work its magic in under a minute. Take your expertly crafted 2.5” espresso ice sphere and place it in your glass or mug. Feel free to take a second cube and prepare a second 2.5” espresso ice sphere. The figure below shows how your Ice Ball Press Kit will work!

3. Now that you have your precisely crafted Pressice Barware espresso ice spheres ready in your glass or mug, pour in your cold coffee of choice.  

4. Next, add your Chartreuse.  

5. Finally, top off with some soda water and enjoy this rich, complex, full-bodied coffee cocktail.  

Ice Ball Press Melting ice into a sphere

When and Where to Enjoy The Dutch

This coffee cocktail is strong and lends itself to a superb Sunday brunch or as a "hair-of-the-dog" style morning cocktail. The pristine Pressice Barware coffee ice sphere will melt slowly and unfurl into a more complex and delicious beverage over time. The Dutch is an amazing cocktail for relaxing Sundays especially when the weather has cooled off. Autumn and early winter are excellent times to fix yourself the Dutch coffee cocktail. Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other Autumn or Winter holidays and family gatherings are perfect opportunities for the Dutch. 

The Illustrious Dutch 

       A true pinnacle of both the bartending and the barista worlds, the Dutch is an unforgettable coffee cocktail. Pressice Barware's coffee ice spheres will help to elevate this coffee cocktail from just a drink to the star beverage of the evening. Enjoy this silky and robust coffee cocktail today, courtesy of Pressice Barware ice sphere kit.    

Happy Sipping!

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