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Marco Monday, 24 February 2014

South Tyrolean Coffee

Winter is in full force. We are surrounded by snow, a snow which keeps us walking off the ground. When the cold bites, it can be a wondrous thing. It is as though it cares nothing for the ordinary laws of space and time. It makes everything around it cold, with that proverbial nonchalance. The cold is a card.
South Tyrolean Coffee
“A hot drink is called for. Not the usual, but something new. Something amazing. Something that's ours, from this restaurant, from this area. Something made with local ingredients.”

And so, a hot drink is called for. Not the usual, but something new. Something amazing. Something that's ours, from this restaurant, from this area. Something made with local ingredients. I talk to Manuel. His eyes light up. We move in sync and take down bottles from the shelf in order: a bottle of Dolomiti Zu Plum rum, another rum from the Caribbean, a bottle of distilled Anterivo roasted lupin and we are still in Alto Adige; a bottle of organic elderflower syrup produced locally; some local cream ça va sans dire..  And then something from elsewhere: Mascobado organic raw cane sugar and Gold Caroma organic coffee both imported by a South Tyrolean company.  At this point, like two visionary chemists, we decide quantities and proportions. Balance, you know, is always essential. Balance can be synonymous of perfection. Let's try: two desert spoons of sugar, three tenths of rum, two tenths of distilled lupin, one tenth of elderflower syrup, two tenths of coffee and two tenths of fresh whipped cream. And to serve, an oversize Martini glass decorated with some pieces of cinnamon sticks. Classy right? Just one last thing is missing. The name. Where are we? In the Tyrol right? And so South Tyrolean Coffee and it's done. And after the first tests, passed with flying colours with friends, colleagues, guests and people simply passing by, we decided to patent it and launch it into the vast cosmogany of universal cocktails. You can try to make it too, of course. But trying South Tyrolean Coffee here with us is another thing entirely. Come when you can.

- 2 desert spoons of Mascobado organic raw cane sugar
- 3/10 Dolomiti Zu Plun Rum
- 2/10 Anterivo roasted lupin grappa
- 1/10 Organic elderflower syrup
- 2/10 "Gold Caroma" espresso  
- 2/10 fresh whipped cream with a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Pour the rum, distilled lupin, elderflower syrup, cane sugar into an oversize  Martini glass and heat all the ingredients until the sugar dissolves completely. Add 2 cups of hot espresso and complete with the whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Decorate with small pieces of cinnamon sticks. 

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