Scudder
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Scudder
Cocktail recipe

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3.91 / 5
Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder loves coffee mixed with some bourbon. I love the novel, and I dedicate this recipe to him. Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder loves coffee mixed with some bourbon. I love the novel, and I dedicate this recipe to him.
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35% | 1.4 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Scudder

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Put ice cubes into a mixing glass
Pour Bourbon and Kahlúa over the ice and stir well to mix
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do you properly stir the Scudder cocktail to ensure it's well mixed?

To properly stir the Scudder cocktail, fill a mixing glass with ice cubes. Pour the coffee liqueur and bourbon over the ice. Use a long-handled bar spoon to stir the mixture gently but quickly for about 20-30 seconds. This method cools the drink and dilutes it slightly without incorporating too much air, ensuring a smooth texture.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal glassware for serving the Scudder?

The ideal glassware for serving the Scudder is a cocktail glass, often referred to as a martini glass. This choice enhances the presentation of the cocktail, allowing its color and texture to be fully appreciated, while also concentrating the aroma for an improved tasting experience.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Can you recommend a type of bourbon that works best with the rich flavors of coffee liqueur in the Scudder?

For the Scudder, a bourbon with a smooth, rich profile and slight sweetness complements the coffee liqueur well. A bourbon like Buffalo Trace or Maker's Mark is recommended as their caramel and vanilla notes harmonize with the deep, roasted flavors of the coffee liqueur.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Scudder compare to a standard whiskey cocktail?

The Scudder has an alcohol content of 35%, which is relatively high compared to many classic whiskey cocktails that typically range between 20-30% alcohol by volume (ABV). This makes the Scudder a stronger choice, ideal for those preferring a cocktail with a higher potency.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Are there any recommended adaptations to the Scudder for those who prefer a sweeter or less potent drink?

For a sweeter version of the Scudder, consider adding a splash of simple syrup or using a vanilla-flavored bourbon to enhance sweetness. To make it less potent, increase the proportion of coffee liqueur slightly, or add a splash of cream to soften the overall strength and add a creamy texture.

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