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Chef Britt Castro's Cold Brew Cookies & Pudding
One of the first things I made to impress my partner, of 8 years, was chocolate pudding.
We bonded over the love of nostalgic foods from our childhoods, pudding cups in your lunchbox being one of them. We met when I had just started culinary school and had no idea what I was getting myself into. You tell someone you’re going to be a chef and the pressure is on to impress with your cooking skills (in my case lack of).
With Pride month upon us thinking about how far I have come personally to live out and proud as a queer Latinx woman, memories of when I started to live my full truth, being out and diving into my passion for the culinary industry, it was a no brainer to create this simple yet delicious treat.
The coffee and cacao blend effortlessly with the dark chocolate balanced by the punch of botanicals, topped with whipped cream and salty chocolate chip cookies creating the ultimate grown-up version of a childhood treat.
Paired with an ice-cold shot of Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee, this is a decadent ending to a meal or perfect after-work snack.
Scroll Down for the Recipe and Cocktail Pairing By Nate Laird!
Chef Britt's Ultimate
Cold Brew Cookies & Pudding
Nate Laird's Cocktail Pairing
The Ground Central
When I tasted the intense richness of Britt’s Pudding, I knew I needed to do something punchy with some wine. Thus I went with the classic chocolate pairing of all time with some good port wine. For the Ground, Central was making a loose riff on a Manhattan where we’re supping the port in for the vermouth, and Jagermeister Cold Brew for half of the Bourbon. What we end up with is a dark crimson cocktail that’s bold enough to cut through the richness of the pudding, the slightly acidic bursts of the berry notes of the port drawing out the saltiness of the cookie topping, and the bold coffee carrying through each sip with a three-layered chocolate finish from the lingering of the pudding, the cacao in the Jagermeister cold brew, and the dry cocoa of bitters. These two together are all you need for a great finish to a meal. Should you opt for a second “Ground Central,” this bittersweet cocktail also pairs extremely well with a cigar.
1 Part Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee
1 Part Bourbon
1 part Port Wine
2 dash Angostura Cocoa Bitters
1 Dash Orange Bitters
Garnish: Luxardo Cherry / Orange Twist
Method: Combine all ingredients into mixing glass. Fill with ice. Stir until proper dilution is achieved (20-30seconds). Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish & Serve
Tips & Tricks:
If the cocktail is too sweet for you, opt for a bonded or overproof bourbon. Also, play around with various ports to get different flavor profiles and levels of sweetness.
This cocktail is also all booze, so if entertaining a large group or serving at an event, you could batch by pre-diluting and placing into small bottles and refrigerate for a fun pour at the table experience.
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Britt Castro is an out and proud queer Pastry Chef from Ventura, Ca now living in Dallas, Tx with her partner Melissa and her disabled French Bulldog, Bowie. She started her culinary career in Austin, Tx in 2013 honing her skills in some of Austin’s top restaurants and most recently was Pastry Chef at Holy Roller, her friend and mentor Callie Speer’s off the cuff brunch spot.
Nate got his bartending chops working in Dives, Clubs, and Craft Cocktail bars in Reno, NV. From there, he went on to execute craft cocktails at some of the largest music festivals in the country, and in 2016 hung up his tins to join Jägermeister. He's an avid Cyclist, Gamer, and self-proclaimed funny guy.