101 Best New Cocktails: M E Cafe Latte Cocktail by Mochammad Fadli, RUKA Luxury Japanese Lounge at Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Manama, Bahrain
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M E Cafe Latte Cocktail
Adapted from a recipe by Mochammad Fadli, RUKA Luxury Japanese Lounge at Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Manama, Bahrain
“This drink’s inspiration came from the vintage Coffee Cocktail. M E stands for Middle East because Arabian coffees can be herbal, and have nice aromas, just like cardomom. I used Rhum Agricole instead cognac because this rum has been aged in French oak barrels. And I used Madeira because it was popular in this era. The aroma is very nice with cardamom, and there’s a nice balance of the taste of alcohol, and the sweetness. This is a full-bodied drink that works well as an after-dinner cocktail—it’s like a Cardamom cafe latte.” Mochammad Fadli.
3 whole cardamom seeds, plus e more as garnish
45 ml (1.5 oz) Saint James Rhum Agricole
45 ml (1.5 oz) Alvada Madeira 5 YO
5 ml (1 teaspoon) simple syrup
1 whole egg
Muddle 3 of the cardomom seeds in the bottom of a mixing glass, then add the remaining ingredients and dry-shake to emulsify. Add ice, shake thoroughly, and strain into a chilled tulip glass. Add the garnish.
gaz sez: The cardamom grabbed my attention as soon as I saw this recipe, and the marriage of rhum and madeira in the drink is a match made in heaven. Well done, sir!