Racking your brains trying to think of something thoughtful but different to give to your friends this Christmas? How about a real classic with a sprinkle of CRU sparkle? Our Coffee and Chocolate Honeycomb is the perfect treat – if you can bring yourself to give it away.
Here’s how to make a fashionable Espresso Martini with that special CRU coffee twist.It’s the magic that turns an already delicious cocktail into a gloriously festive tipple for all your special celebrations at this most wonderful time of the year.
Grease a rectangular baking tray with butter and line with parchment, and spread the chopped toasted hazelnuts and CRU Peruvian Cajamarca coffee beans generously all over the tray.
In a large pan, add the caster sugar, syrup, honey and cream of tartar, as well as 5 tablespoons of water - pop this on the stove and stir over a low/medium heat until the sugar has melted. Once this has happened, increase the heat and bring to a boil - cooking until it reached a temperature of 150°C (use a jam thermometer for accuracy).
Once you've done this, remove from the heat and quickly add the bicarbonate of soda, whisking vigorously until combined. Pour off mixture into the prepared tray (the one you've scattered with hazelnuts and coffee beans) - giving it a little wiggle to make sure it completely cover all the corners. You need to leave this to cool - bear in mind that this could take anywhere up to an hour.
Melt the dark chocolate over a bain-marie. Once melted, add a shot of CRU Intense Roast Espresso and mix - once incorporated, take it off the heat.
Now comes the fun part - Crack that honeycomb! Use a rolling pin, a hammer, your own fists if you want to. Once cracked, drizzle with the chocolate, and then pop them in the fridge until cooled. Wrap them up and give to very lucky friends as an edible gift.
1. Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur and a shot of chilled Espresso into the bottom half of a cocktail shaker (add some ice if you want it extra cold). Screw on the top and then shake vigorously - you want the ice to smash up while chilling the liquid down; it’s what creates the frothy top. be careful - melting ice is too watery and will dilute the martini.
2. Place a strainer on top of the shaker and pour the contents through directly into the glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, ground cinnamon, and beans. Enjoy!