How to make vodka coffee extract with an S Filter :)

Sometimes it's fun to put booze in your AeroPress. Here's one recipe that we came up with to make a yummy vodka coffee extract. If coffee's a grown up drink might as well go all the way, right?! Coffee extract is super easy to make and it comes in handy for cocktails, baking and (if you're brave) morning shots. :)

Here's how to get some of that extract magic:

Step 1: Get an empty bottle, some nice vodka (like Tito's Handmade Vodka) and some nice coffee (like Kuma Coffee).

Step 2: Measure your ingredients. We used 1 part coffee for 7 parts vodka and it worked great. So in this case: 1 rounded AeroPress scoop of drip grind (20 grams) and 1 cup of vodka (140 grams).

Ready? Now your kitchen counter should look like this, without the apples:

We reused a nifty Chinese medicine bottle (thoroughly cleaned) for our extract. Really adds a certain air to the concoction! :)

We reused a nifty Chinese medicine bottle (thoroughly cleaned) for our extract. Really adds a certain air to the concoction! :)

Close up of the grind (see our grind guide for more info):

Those white flakes are chaff, and they're a natural part of a coffee that's roasted on the lighter side. We leave them in. :)

Those white flakes are chaff, and they're a natural part of a coffee that's roasted on the lighter side. We leave them in. :)

Step 3: Add the coffee to a glass or pitcher and pour the vodka over the top. Stir.

You see a little carbon dioxide coming out here in foam, but not much. Don't worry, the vodka is still extracting coffee even if there isn't foam!

You see a little carbon dioxide coming out here in foam, but not much. Don't worry, the vodka is still extracting coffee even if there isn't foam!

Step 4: Wait 10 minutes. We find this makes a nice balanced extract. It complements the vodka without overpowering it. If you want something extra strong you might try 15 minutes, but you'll pull more bitter flavors out of the coffee that way.

Meanwhile, get your filter gear ready: you'll need a funnel that fits your bottle plus an S Filter and AeroPress.

Now your counter looks like this:

Keeping the Tito's bottle around while you're brewing is optional, but it adds class to the proceedings...

Keeping the Tito's bottle around while you're brewing is optional, but it adds class to the proceedings...

Step 5: Attach the S Filter and lid to the bottom of the AeroPress and stick that in the funnel (carefully). Once the 10 minutes are up pour the mixture slowly through the AeroPress and funnel into the bottle (don't let it tip over).

When you're done pouring you'll have a little liquid left in the AeroPress that will be draining slowly. Let it. With a cup of vodka we found that it took about 3 minutes to filter and drain the extract. 

Here's the pour:

Notice we're pouring slowly here. Especially if you brew a larger batch it pays to be patient with the pour!

Notice we're pouring slowly here. Especially if you brew a larger batch it pays to be patient with the pour!

When you're done, your vodka coffee extract should look like this:

All set for cocktails and coffee fudge!

All set for cocktails and coffee fudge!

If you hold it up to the light, you'll see how the S Filter's fine mesh has filtered out just about all the coffee grinds in the vodka:

If you hung your extract under a light bulb, I think you'd get a cool red lamp. 

If you hung your extract under a light bulb, I think you'd get a cool red lamp. 

That's it! We got a beautiful, evenly brewed coffee extract with a hint of sweetness from the Tito's. Maybe we'll try some coffee cocktails next time. :)

Once again, here are the ingredients we used:

  1. 1 cup (140 g) Tito's Handmade Vodka (vodka will be 98% of your extract, so don't skimp)
  2. 1 rounded scoop (20 g) Kuma Coffee Guatemala Finca Retana (nice sweet coffee roasted on the lighter side)

And here's the equipment:

  1. A small bottle for the extract (with a cap or stopper)
  2. A funnel that fits the bottle and also the mouth of the AeroPress
  3. 1 AeroPress and 1 S Filter (also available on Amazon)
  4. A glass or pitcher
  5. 1 spoon

Let us know how yours turned out! Write [email protected] with any questions about this recipe...