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Grave Digger

A Halloween special cocktail that is not only fun but tastes like a dessert. With the combination of coffee, whipped cream, brandy, vanilla and Khalua it makes for a simple yet delicious treat.

So the name is self explanatory that this is a Halloween themed drink. But the addition of chocolate biscuit crumbs adds a little element of fun and frolic to the ensemble. Also, using a mini shovel adds for that dramatic effect.  

Having said this, the flavors are fit for a perfect dessert that comes together in a cocktail very well. I love the flavor of coffee, chocolate and whipped cream. I mean what’s not to like. I have used Khalua liqueur here but you can use any coffee Liqueur you like. Even Irish coffee works well in this recipe. I have used freshly brewed espresso that has been cooled but any instant coffee also works in this recipe. 

The addition of vanilla is what makes this cocktail floral and vibrant from all those heavy ingredients. Now this is not a cocktail you can have a half dozen of as it is very heavy but it makes for a great after dinner meal. Or a good party kickstarter as well. A couple drops of orange liqueur is a great idea as well but it is optional. 

I have used a short glass that you an serve bourbon in, garnished the drink with chocolate biscuit crumbs and a shovel for that addition oompah effect. 

Food Pairing – It is perfect for dessert. Paired with chocolate it is fantastic. Ideally dark chocolate. But you could also serve it with a pan cotta or chocolate cake, brownies and truffles. It also works well with cheese boards and toasted bread with butter. I wouldn’t recommend serving this with a main course meal as it can get heavy. 

Alright, let us make this cocktail. You can watch how I made it here. Happy Digging Ninjas!

Grave Digger

A Halloween special cocktail that is not only fun but tastes like a dessert. With the combination of coffee, whipped cream, brandy, vanilla and Khalua it makes for a simple yet delicious treat.
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Drinks, Party, Celebration, Cocktails, Cocktail, Sun Downer
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Short glass

Ingredients
  

  • 45 ml Brandy
  • 20 ml Coffee Liqueur
  • 30 ml Espresso
  • 4 Ice cubes
  • 50 ml Whipped cream
  • 40 gm Chocolate biscuit crumbs

Optional

  • Vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Add the brandy, coffee liqueur, espresso, ice cubes and vanilla into a shaker. Shake briefly.
  • Pour through a strainer and into a short glass and gently pour the whipping cream over a spoon into the glass. This will help it stay separate layers.
  • Garnish with chocolate biscuit crumbs and a tiny shovel.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Don’t over shake the contents in the shaker as we are not trying create a foam.
  • Pouring the whipped cream over a spoon helps the layers stay distinctive.
  • However if your whipped cream is whipped to stiff peaks you won’t have to do this. My cream was very loose and barely whipped.
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