It’s the drink that everyone with a caffeine addiction that has ever watched Deep Space Nine wants to try and I’m finally dropping my recipe for your enjoying pleasure. To get your highwave mug and pull up a barstool because we are about to enjoy some Raktajino.
For those wondering what a Raktajino is, it’s a mix of the liqueur Ra’taj, a Klingon alcohol, and a strong coffee such as an espresso. This means that most of the DS9 were drinking on the job to some extent. Especially Sisko. But if you had to be on the edges of the Federation dealing with every problem the Federation fixed generations ago, you might drink on the job too. I’m not here to shame anyone.
Now the fact that it ends with “-ino” would imply that it’s a Cappuccino based drink. This means a strong espresso, and milk–both steamed and frothed. Simple enough in theory, but definitely might require more equipment than the average person have. Heck, I only have the equipment because I live with a caffeine addict. So for the sake of simplicity, I’m going to make it as easy as possible.
Lack of a milk frother or French press shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying a delicious beverage to get you going in the morning. Or afternoon. Or evening if you’re feeling extra reckless. Honestly, I’m not here to judge when you imbibe your caffeine.
But that’s me getting distracted. Let’s get started on the coffee.
Mise En Place
For our Raktajino we’re going to need the following ingredients: 1/3 cup Espresso (or a strong Coffee), 2/3 cup liquid Hazelnut Creamer, 2 tablespoons Molasses, and a pinch of Cardamom.
NOTE: You can fully play with the measurements of coffee and creamer if the quantity winds up being too much for your mug. The key to a cappuccino is that is the 1:2 ratio of coffee to milk. So you want twice as much milk as there is coffee. Or, to be precise, 1 part coffee, 1 part milk, 1 part milk froth
The first thing you’re going to want to do is place your creamer in a double boiler. If you don’t have one, that’s ok. You can either fake it like I did in my photos by putting a pot of water on the stove and letting it boil before putting another pot on top, making sure to leave room for steam since you don’t want the water boiling over. Or you can simmer it over a low heat. The whole point is that you want your creamer to be warm when you go to use it since a Cappuccino calls for steamed milk and I wouldn’t expect most people to have a milk steamer.
While the cream is warm, you want to take about half of it and either put it into a frother like I have, or pour half of it into your cup and use a frothing wand to froth what remains in the pot. It’s not necessary by any means, but it adds that cappuccino texture for those who are interested.
Now with your creamer take care of, you should remove it from the heat and make your espresso or coffee. I was actually out of espresso at my home so I used coffee and I find that it turned out perfectly fine. It’s just not as strong as it would be with espresso.
When the coffee is brewed, you are going to want to pour 1/3 cup into your mug before adding in your 2 tablespoons of Molasses and pinch of Cardamom. Be sure to go light on the Cardamom, since it’s a strong flavor that tends to overpower dishes rather easily.
If you happen to be using Tequila to make a grown up version of the drink, this would be where you add about an ounce to the coffee mixture.
And if you happened to have frothed your creamer, it’s at this point that you will add in the creamer, if it wasn’t already in the cup, and then top it with the foam. A foam which you can top with anything from cinnamon foam art like I attempted or a little more molasses or chocolate. Don’t be afraid to get creative with it. Or just leave it as is, with or without foam.
Honestly, it’s not going to make or break the drink.
And with that taken care of you should have a pleasantly sweet, deeply addictive Raktajino to get you through the day be you facing Cardassians or just taking out the trash.
- 1/3 cup Espresso
- 2/3 cup Hazelnut Creamer Liquid
- 2 tbsp Molasses
- 1 pinch Cardamom
- Cinnamon optional
- In a double boiler, bring your hazelnut creamer to a simmer.
- Brew espresso and pour into your mug along with molasses and Cardamom, stirring until the molasses is dissolved.
- Remove creamer from the stove and pour half of it into the mug.
- Froth the remaining half of the creamer before adding it to the mug.
- Top with a dash of cinnamon or drink it as is.
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