Ideal for those who enjoy bold and unique flavors, the Wicked Librarian is a berry-based cocktail with a touch of espresso (and heat). Beautifully garnished, this cocktail becomes a visual masterpiece, making it a great option for impressing guests.
- 2 oz fresh blackberries
- 1 shot espresso (about an ounce)
- 1 oz vanilla simple syrup (recipe below)
- 1 oz lemon juice
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Blackberries and lemon wheel for garnish
- Ice cubes
Muddle the fresh blackberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker (or puree them in a blender or food processor). Add to the blackberries in your shaker: cold brew espresso, vanilla syrup, lemon juice, and the cayenne. Fill the shaker with ice and shake for about 20 seconds. Strain the mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with a few blackberries and a lemon wheel.
The combination of sweet and tart flavors from the blackberries and lemon, balanced with the richness of the espresso and vanilla syrup, creates a drink that is both satisfying and invigorating. The cayenne pepper provides a subtle heat that would normally come from alcohol, adding a touch of excitement to the drink.