A French press obviously makes amazing coffee recipes, but its uses lie far beyond your morning cuppa Joe. Get ready to have your mind truly blown by an innovative yet surprisingly common sense use for this flavor-infusing machine: Craft cocktail recipes. Bars all over the country are employing this new drink trend, and TBH, we’re kinda surprised we didn’t use the French press for this purpose years ago. If you’re looking for exciting new tequila recipes, take note!
So here’s the long and short of it. If you put fruits, herbs, and other flavorful delights into your French press and then pour your liquids (think booze as well as juices) over top, all those flavors are going to sit together and infuse. It’s pretty logical actually — it works in the same way that coffee beans infuse hot water. After a few minutes, you’ll press down gently on the plunger, squeezing the remaining flavors and juices out of your flavor-makers. Then you’re ready to use the press to conveniently pour the drink into a waiting cocktail glass.
French press cocktails are all the rage at various bars across the country. The Theodore in Dallas is one of the original purveyors of this *ingenious* new trend. One of their specialties is an unorthodox version of the hot toddy, made with lemon, blood orange, lemon, vanilla, honeycomb, and cinnamon as flavor-infusers. Those ingredients are placed in the bottom of the French press, while cognac, poppy liquor, bitters, Bénédictine, and hot water form the base of the drink.
And The Theodore is hardly the only bar to embrace the trend. Provision No. 14 in Washington DC has jumped on board the French press cocktail train as well, with one of their stand-out drinks involving a mixture of orange juice, pineapple, lemon, and chamomile, all infused with orange peels, lemon peels, and mint leaves.
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