A few weeks ago, Andy thought we had found a 'no-cheating" chocolate martini (kahlua & vodka), which was pretty exciting as we could then use our two weekly "cheats" on something else. Since then, we might have run into a snag.....caramel coloring.
We actually haven't yet had to address the problem of food coloring. Our rules have been no ingredients we couldn't identify and/or obtain for ourselves. We can buy food coloring, but from what I can understand from researching a little, while I could make caramel coloring from sugar, odds are that the caramel coloring we can purchase (assuming that we can--I need to check the store) would be made--like everything else in America--with high fructose corn syrup, which has just been outright banned this year. So....the jury is still out on that one. In the meantime....
I made Kahlua.
You start out by mixing equal parts of sugar & water together an boiling them to dissolve the sugar.
This recipe then has you cool it slightly, then add instant or ground coffee....we went with the "Award-winning Sunrise Breakfast Blend" version--though I don't really think of Kahlua as a "breakfast" beverage...especially not after creating sugary coffee sludge
There are some recipes out there that call for espresso or instant coffee so you would skip the sugary-sludge part, but as I don't actually like the taste of espresso or instant coffee, it seemed likely that I wouldn't like them in anything.
Then it's mixed with vanilla & either rum (for Tia Maria--which I'd never heard of) or vodka (for Kahlua), then stored in a jar for 3 weeks to stew/marinate/ferment/whatever--shaken daily.
Appropriately, ours will be ready on tax day!
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