I put it in parts because it scales really easily this way but if parts are converted to cups (for at home making, not weighing out ingredients like at a bar) it yields a bit over 1L.
Foolproof Leftover Coffee Grind Liqueur
1 part leftover coffee grinds
4 parts sugar (basic granulated white sugar is easiest/cheapest to work with but you can experiment with other types or just use what you have)
2 parts liquor (80 proof is ideal, vodka works great as a neutral base but again, again, use what you have or what your palate prefers)
2 parts coffee (the stronger, the better)
Pinch of salt
Optional: citrus peels & cabinet spices. My favorites are orange peels, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, star anise, vanilla... again, lots of room to customize and play with what you have
-Combine your coffee grinds with your sugar, salt and any additional spices/citrus peels in an airtight container. Leave this for about a day, stirring/shaking intermittently. The sugar will begin to dissolve and turn sludgy.
-The following day, add your base liquor and again, stir/shake intermittently allowing the liquor to infuse for about one more day.
-Pop everything into a blender to fully dissolve the sugar.
-Pass through a basic mesh strainer first.
-Fine strain through a nut bag or clean thin fabric (old t-shirt, bandana.)
-Add 2 cups of coffee and give a good stir/shake to incorporate.
-Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Note: This recipe is also included in the ebook Optimistic Cocktails V1, along with a cocktail in which to use it. 100% of proceeds goes to support employee staff funds and undocumented workers’ relief funds from across the country.