An Evening in Vodice Café Latte Martini

Serves 1

An Evening in Vodice Café Latte Martini

I must confess. The creation of this cocktail was more the result of attempting to use my bottle of Slivovitz, plum brandy, in a drink other than the signature Luka’s Afternoon Special Cocktail. Not an easy task given the distinct flavor of Slivovitz can be difficult to pair with other ingredients.

However, each time I would bring out the bottle of Slivovitz, I was transported back to Vodice, Croatia, and a small seaside café owned by Luka. I spent the majority of my days either in his kitchen or sitting out front at a small table watching the sparkling waters.

The evenings, though, were especially memorable. The water, the night air and the strings of lights over the tables combined to create a lasting impression of the Dalmatian Coast. I would linger over a plate of kolač pastries along side a rich, creamy café latte while enjoying the sounds of the sea.

It was this memory that eventually led to the inspiration behind An Evening in Vodice Café Latte Martini. I wanted a drink to enjoy with dessert so it needed to be as rich and creamy as a latte but with a hint of spirits.

This martini combines the dark depth of a cup of coffee, with the smooth deliciousness of heavy cream and the sweetness of Slivovitz. Adding a few dashes of orange bitters brightens the martini at the finish.

This martini combines the dark depth of a cup of coffee, with the smooth deliciousness of heavy cream and the sweetness of Slivovitz. Adding a few dashes of orange bitters brightens the martini at the finish.

Definitely use aged Slivovitz, such as Jelinek Gold Slivovitz 10 Year, for any Slivovitz cocktail. The age does decrease some of the harshness and increases the sweetness.

The coffee should be espresso strength but cool before adding to the cocktail shaker to ensure it does not water down the drink by melting the ice.

A few dashes of orange bitters, such as, Fee Brothers Orange Bitters, adds a surprising flavor note against the espresso.

Based on preference, the martini glass may be rimmed with fine grain sugar or left plain.

1 ½ ounce aged Slivovitz, such as Jelinek Gold Slivovitz 10 Year
1 ounce espresso strength coffee
½ ounce heavy cream
2 dashes orange bitters, such as Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
fine sugar to rim, optional

Flavor Tier 1

Place martini glass in freezer for 5 minutes to chill. (If rimming the glass with sugar, do so once removed from freezer by dipping rim of glass in water and then dipping in a plate of fine sugar.)

Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients. Shake to chill, about 30 seconds, Strain into martini glass. Serve.