|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 22g||28%|
|Saturated Fat 14g||69%|
|Total Carbohydrate 35g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 35g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||2%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Almond and coffee come together in perfect harmony in the popular cocktail known as the toasted almond. This incredibly easy drink is a delicious delight and, if you want to kick it up a notch, you can add a shot of vodka to create a roasted toasted almond.
Either of these delicious cocktails offers a great way to shake up your white Russian routine. The mix is very simple; it uses amaretto and coffee liqueurs against a creamy base. It's irresistible and ideal for those times when you want a quick and sweet, satisfying drink.
The gentler of the two mixed drinks, the toasted almond is a pleasant sipper for those times when you want a good drink that is light on the booze. It makes an excellent dessert drink as well, and you can serve it "up" in a cocktail glass for a gentle, creamy martini.
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"The toasted almond is essentially a white Russian, but with amaretto instead of vodka. So naturally, this makes for a much sweeter drink, but the drink overall is delicious. Almond is a natural pairing alongside coffee and cream, and the whole thing tastes like grown-up ice cream." —Tom Macy
1 1/2 ounces amaretto liqueur
1 1/2 ounces coffee liqueur
2 ounces cream, or milk
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the liqueurs and cream into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake very well for at least 15 seconds to ensure everything's mixed and the cream becomes frothy.
Strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass.
Serve and enjoy.
- 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 taste.
- Though you may be tempted to pour and stir this drink in the glass, shaking really does make a better cocktail. The agitation and dilution will soften the heaviness of the cream and give the drink a frothy lightness that's much more enjoyable.
- Deciding between milk and cream will produce a slightly different drink. Milk will create a lighter drink than cream. However, it's best not to use milk lighter than 1 percent because of the dilution from shaking; you will lose some of the richness, and the drink will seem watered down.
- There are a number of cream options as well. Heavy whipping cream is almost too thick. For a nice balance between the two extremes, half-and-half is a perfect option and a great cream for most cocktails.
- Alternatively, nondairy milk choices (soy, almond, oat, etc.) should make an excellent toasted almond, albeit thinner. Using almond milk would be a natural choice because it will complement the amaretto.
- The roasted toasted almond (or burnt almond) is "roasted" by adding vodka to the mix. To make this drink, build 1 ounce each of vodka, coffee liqueur, and amaretto in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Top with milk or cream. Shake by placing a mixing tin over the glass and give it one or two good shakes.
- A flavored vodka such as espresso is a perfect choice and adds an extra coffee kick to the drink. It's also easy to make your own coffee-infused vodka—simply follow the steps in this coffee bourbon recipe. Other good options include chocolate and amaretto or any of the whipped cream or cake-flavored vodkas.
How Strong Is This Drink?
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, the alcohol content of the toasted almond averages out to 14 percent ABV (28 proof). Adding half a shot of 80-proof vodka creates a roasted toasted almond of about 18 percent ABV (36 proof). While the vodka doesn't make too big of a difference, it is a nice way to add an extra punch to the drink without getting out of control.