Almond and coffee come together in perfect harmony in the popular Toasted Almond cocktail. It is a creamy delight and, if you like, add a shot of vodka for a Roasted Toasted Almond.
Either of these delicious cocktails is a perfect way to shake up a White Russian rut. The mix is very simple, using amaretto and coffee liqueurs against a creamy base. It's irresistible and ideal for those times when you want a quick and satisfying drink.
The Easy and Delicious Toasted Almond
The gentler of the two cocktails, the Toasted Almond is a pleasant sipper for those times when you want a good mixed drink that is light on the booze. It makes an excellent dessert drink as well.
You can also shake it and serve it 'up' in a cocktail glass for a gentle, creamy martini.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass.
Tip: An equal pour of the two liqueurs is common, though the cream can vary from 1 to 2 ounces. Feel free to adjust the proportions of any ingredient to suit your personal taste.
Just Add Vodka for a Roasted Toasted Almond
The Roasted Toasted Almond (sometimes called the Burnt Almond ) is 'roasted' by adding vodka to the mix. It is another relaxing sipper with a nice almond-coffee flavoring and it's really nice on chilly fall evenings by the fire.
To make this drink, build 1 ounce each of vodka, coffee liqueur, and amaretto in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Fill with milk or cream. Shake by placing a mixing tin over the glass and giving it one or two good shakes.
Milk, Cream, and Dairy Alternatives
Milk or cream... which should you choose? The choice is up to you and each will create a slightly different drink.
If you opt for milk, these drinks will be lighter than if cream were used. Try not to use a milk lighter than a 1% or you will loose some of that richness and the drink will seem watered down.
There are a number of options within cream as well. A heavy whipping cream will create a richer Toasted Almond than one with regular cream. For a nice balance between the two extremes, half and half is a perfect option and I've found it to be my cream of choice for most cocktails.
Dairy Alternatives. Any of the milk alternatives should make an excellent Toasted Almond as well. If you have developed a palate for soy, almond or any other milk substitute, try it here. Almond milk would be my preference as it will naturally complement the amaretto.
About That Vodka...
The Toasted Almond is not a Vodka Martini and there is no need to use your best vodka in either of these drinks. Choose that good 'well' vodka that you have stocked in your bar and the drink will be perfect.
Cheap vodka does not have to mean bad vodka, you just have to explore your options. There are many great tasting budget-friendly vodkas available today.
Flavored Vodka. The Roasted Toasted Almond is the perfect candidate for a flavored vodka. The espresso vodka from Three Olives is a perfect choice and adds a nice coffee kick to the drink. It's also easy to make your own coffee-infused vodka, simply follow the steps in this coffee bourbon tutorial.
Other flavored vodka options include chocolate and amaretto or any of the whipped cream or cake vodkas.
How Strong is the Toasted Almond?
As you might imagine, the 'roasted' recipe is slightly stronger than the Toasted Almond though both are relatively tame in the cocktail world.
Using a 42 proof amaretto and 40 proof coffee liqueur, here's how these two recipes weigh in:
- Toasted Almond: 14% ABV (28 proof)
- Roasted Toasted Almond: 18% ABV (36 proof)
The vodka doesn't make too big of a difference, but it is a nice way to add an extra kick to the drink without getting out of control.