Master of Cocktails The Naked Barista

Greetings cocktail-lovers. Who’s up for a swift whisky cocktail then? The second #MasterofCocktails whisky cocktail in a row, no less. Is it you?


If it is indeed you, that’s perfect, as that’s what we’re doing for this week’s #MasterofCocktails!


This week we’re making a drink I’ve named ‘The Naked Barista’. The reasons will hopefully become clear as we go through the recipe.

Master of Cocktails Next Week Ingredients

You’ll be needing these…

List of Ingredients

The first thing we’re going to need is an ice-sphere which we’ve made from cold-brewed coffee using the Wintersmiths Ice Baller Kit.

Master of Cocktails Coffee

Now – you’re not going to achieve the usual level of crystal-clarity here, due to the dissolved oils in the coffee. Nevertheless, we’ll still manage to eliminate the air-pocket from the centre, meaning it’s less likely to break.

So – to begin with, we’re going to take 50ml of The Famous Grouse‘s Naked Grouse.

Master of Cocktails Famous Grouse Naked Grouse

As far as value-for-money blends go, this stuff really is up there. An awesome drink.

Master of Cocktails Famous Grouse Naked Grouse

Pop it into a stirring glass, along with a handful of ice:

Master of Cocktails Ice

Next, 15ml Punt E Mes – a cracking Vermouth Amaro (cap doff @AdamsBitters).

Master of Cocktails Punt e Mes Vermouth Amaro

Now a couple of bitters, each selected to complement the flavours present in the whisky. Chocolate, and spicy Cardamom.

We’re going to use 1 drop of the Mozart Chocolate Bitters, as they’re super-duper-intense.

Master of Cocktails Mozart Chocolate Bitters

Next, half a pipette of Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters.

Master of Cocktails Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters

Give the drink a good thorough stir for a minute or so, to chill and dilute.

Master of Cocktails Stir

Finally, strain the drink over your chilled coffee-sphere.

Master of Cocktails Strain

Leave the drink to mingle for just a minute before serving. The idea here is that as the sphere melts, the drink takes on more and more cold-brewed coffee flavour and aroma. The transformation from short, intense with just a touch of fruity coffee, to a much longer, more subtle drink is magical.

Master of Cocktails Coffee Ice Ball

So. There we have it – The Naked Barista.

Master of Cocktails The Naked Barista




Tune in to next week’s #MasterofCocktails, where we’ll be using these ingredients.

Master of Cocktails Ingredients

Next week, you’ll be needing these…
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, Belsazar Vermouth Rosé, Lanique Rose Petal Liqueur Spirit, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Bitter Bastards Lavender Bitters, a Lemon and a sprig of Lavender.