101 Best New Cocktails: M E Cafe Latte Cocktail by Mochammad Fadli, RUKA Luxury Japanese Lounge at Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Manama, Bahrain

by Gaz Regan · Friday, February 7th, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2013

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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.

ME Cafe Latte Cocktail - Copy

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!

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