Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tres Leches Triple Cream Liqueur

Whenever I see a liquor store I have never entered, I like to check and see what they have in little bottles that I have never tried. I went into the Lehigh Wine and Liquor store off of the Buhre Avenue train stop on the #6 train in the Bronx and was pleasantly surprised. First it was a wide open liquor store with no bulletproof glass. I understand why some have it but it takes away from the experience of looking at bottles. Holding them in your hands, looking at the nuances of the alcohol. Its obviously harder to do so through bulletproof glass. This store had a number of small bottles that I had never seen before. One such bottle was this dark little bottle that was tucked behind some samples of Kahlua called Tres Leches Triple Cream Liqueur.

Now anything tres leche is downright decadent and often irresistible by my the standards of my sweet tooth. So even though I have been talking about doing things with a regard to sugar content, every once in a while I deserve to be a bad boy. No? Yes? Regardless, I'm going to take a break and indulge in some creamy goodness.

The Tres Leche website describes their product as so:
Tres Leches Triple Cream Liqueur was inspired by the Latin American cake that shares the same name. Our distinctive blend of only the finest Caribbean rum and rich cream captures the true essence of the dessert.

Tres Leches rich and creamy flavor brings out the creativity in each of us. It doesn't matter if you are a consumer, cook, bartender or mixologist you will quickly find the possible drink mixes and cooking applications are limitless.
That very well might be true but I'm going to be lazy and make a drink from the ones they have listed on their website. Since I have an almost empty bottle of Bacardi Coco, I decided that I wanted to make the following cocktail:
Coconut Cream Pie
1 1/2 oz. Tres Leches Triple Cream Liqueur
1 1/2 oz. Coconut Rum

Build and served over crushed ice
But right before I decided to mix it up. I changed my mind. I wasn't really in the mood for a cocktail. I actually wanted a hot cup of coffee. So I fired up my Keurig and make the following:
Tres Leche Coco Cafe
Donut House Coffee Pod
.5 oz Bacardi Coco
.5 oz Tres Leche Triple Cream Liqueur
Splash of Half and Half

Brew the coffee pod, add the Tres Leche, Bacardi Coco and Half and half. Stir and serve.
According to Kenneth Davids of CoffeeReview.com in October, 2009, he stated that the Donut House Coffee had the following profile:
Soft, caramel-like aroma with hints of milk chocolate and toast. An uncomplicated cup, medium body, flavor notes of cedar, caramel, nut and orange-toned citrus. Sweetness carries into the mildly nutty finish, with distant suggestions of molasses and chocolate.
That flavor profile with the small amount of alcohol that I added to it with the half and half made for a very balanced coffee. The aroma is very light in favor of the Tres Leche and the taste is very much coconut flavored coffee. There was no bitterness at all so there was no need for any extra sweetening.

Sometimes you just need an extra stronger cup of coffee. I'll get back to the Coconut Cream Pie at a later date.

Until Then, Happy Drinking
Sisco Vanilla