An easy boozy dessert, this one hits all the flavors of the classic Old Fashioned cocktail.
We always talk about how bitters are a valuable ingredient in making cocktails, but they can also be used to add flavors to food as well. Wanting to use our newly made Coffee and Chocolate bitters for a cool recipe we decided to make a perfect after dinner treat. Many people finish a fancy meal with a nice cup of coffee, a chocolate and a nice drink.
In that spirit we combined all three into the Old Fashioned Panna Cotta, an elegant custard full of classic digestifs making this a great way to top off your meal. Topping it, is a mixture of brandied cherries, sugar and bitters, sort of a fruit preserves that makes for a boozy topping.
The bitters in both the panna cotta and the cherry topping gave a deep richness that pulled the two together into a dessert that tastes like the classic Old Fashioned cocktail. We topped it with our own homemade Brandied Cherries.
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We didn’t get any pictures of us making the panna cotta, as the process is not overly photogenic, but we got some great ones of the finished results. If you don’t feel like making the brandied cherries (although we know of no reason why you wouldn’t want to!) you can use any fruit you would like. There are also Luxardo Cherries that you can use!
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- 1/2 cup whole milk, divided
- 1 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream (or half and half)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp bourbon or whiskey
- Chocolate bitters
- Brandied Cherries
- Pour 1/4 cup milk into a small bowl, sprinkle with gelatin.
- Let stand until it is soft, about 15 minutes.
- Combine the remaining milk, cream and sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is at a simmer.
- Add gelatin mixture to saucepan, stirring until the gelatin is dissolved.
- Remove from the heat, stir in bourbon, and add 4 dashes of bitters.
- Divide into 2 serving dishes.
- Chill until set (can take up to 6 hours).
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