I feel like this could be a tagline for a political party: “Raus – Coffee for Humanity“. If coffee could bring us together, the world would be drinking Raus everyday. If it were only that simple. I guess nothing is out of the realm of possibilities these days, but this post is not about politics. This post is about a delicious bottled espresso, conveniently named after its founder Donny Raus. This cold espresso, (aka The Cold Roman) comes pre-bottled and ready to serve. Not to be confused with a cold brewed espresso, this unique blend is fresh brewed. Think of this as dessert: sweet and aromatic, without all the calories.
I like to prepare it as the recipe on the bottle suggests, which is to add frothed milk to a couple of ounces of Cold Roman. I substitute with Califa Betterhalf (coconut and almond creamer) only because I am dairy intolerant. Yeah, I know, I miss cheese…a lot! But it’s better for my digestive issues. I buy Califa from Whole Foods and I swear it’s the next best thing to coffee creamer. The result is a delicious concoction that is smooth and gives me that much needed afternoon pep. The great thing is that Donny has endless recipes and some include alcohol. I’m thinking of the Cold Roman Classic Martini next, although it may be tough to blog about that, after I drink a couple. Need I say more?
Raus is currently taking orders via email and Donny ships anywhere in the country. He’s in the process of setting up the on-line store, but if you’re in New Canaan, check him out at the Farmers Market on Saturdays. He also sells to retail stores, such as Walter Stewart, Palmer’s Gourmet Market in Darien and Fleisher’s Craft Butchers in NYC.
COLD ROMAN “CLASSIC” MACCHIATO
2 oz. Espresso
1 oz. Foamed Half & Half
Our classic and all time favorite!
COLD ROMAN CON PANNA
2 oz. Cold Romamn
Dollop of whipped cream
Pour espresso over a short rocks glass filled with ice. Top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and serve.
COLD ROMAN RED & BLACK EYE
2 oz. Cold Roman
6 oz. Brewed coffee
Pour coffee over ice and add 1 shot of Cold Roman for a red-eye or 2 shots for a black-eye.
COLD ROMAN CLASSIC MARTINI
2 oz. – Cold Roman Espresso
2 oz. – Whole Milk
1/2 oz. – Simple syrup
Shake, serve in a martini glass, and garnish with 3 coffee beans.
COLD ROMAN BUZZ
1.5 oz. Bourbon
3/4 oz. Cold Roman
1/2 oz. Angostura Amaro
1/2 oz. Heavy Cream
2 Dashes Bitterman’s Mole Bitters
Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake, and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Sip. Clean the house in record time.
Recipe by Craig Ventrice, Kawa Ni & The Whelk