Avion Espresso Flourless Mocha Mug Cake

avion espresso, chocolate, cup cake, flourlessIt all started when I checked in to Pinterest to make some updates.  I found this recipe for Four Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Mug Cake.  It’s been pinned over 10,000 times for good reason.

How can I add Avion Espresso to this recipe?

Of course, my first thought, as it is for every chocolate recipe is How can I add Avion Espresso to this recipe?
As it turned out, it was pretty easy.

Avion Espresso Flourless Mocha Mug Cake Recipe

Add to a large microwaveable mug:

1/4 Cup Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Chips

1 Tablespoon Tequila Avion Espresso

Microwave for 30 seconds and mix until smooth.

Add:

1/2 Tablespoon Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder

1 Tablespoon Splenda (Optional, but there was a lot of dark cocoa)

1 Large Egg

Mix until smooth.
Microwave 1 minute.

Let cool as long as you can stand (the original cake recipe said 20 minutes but, PFFT! There was dark chocolate and Avion Espresso that needed rescuing from my mug!)
Enjoy!

Avion Espresso Flourless Mocha Mug Cake http://wp.me/p4hGmz-22SMy photos aren’t as glamorous but here’s how the process worked for me:

Being a big fan of dark chocolate, I had everything in my kitchen cupboard already.

The chocolate chips and Avion Espresso mixed up smooth with a fork in just a few seconds.

I microwaved it for exactly one minute and, as the original recipe said, it looked a bit wet around the edges.  That’s OK.  It’s just that the microwave doesn’t bake like a conventional oven.

I only waited about a minute or two before checking the texture.  As you can see from the piece on the fork, it was light and fluffy.

When I tasted it, it was light, fluffy, and rich!  All the flavor of the Avion Tequila was still there but the espresso and dark chocolate made for outstanding complements.

You could make this just as easily with semi-sweet or milk chocolate.  It really is a matter of preference.  The important thing to know is the espresso wasn’t lost in the dark chocolate.

Take 2 minutes and try this.  Everybody needs this in their life!

 

Special thanks to Ken Austin of Tequila Avion for providing the signed, treasured, bottle of Tequila Avion Espresso that sits in a special place of prominence on my tequila shelf.

Avión Espresso is a harmonious balance of Avión Silver, voted World’s Best Tasting Tequila, with fine Italian espresso.

Age: Unaged
Color: Rich espresso
Aroma: Roasted Italian espresso beans
Taste: Delicious combination of roasted Italian espresso and Avion Silver, voted “world’s Best Tasting Tequila.” A touch of sweetness and a clean dry finish.

35% Alc. by Volume

 

 

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Ken Austin and Avion Knock it Out of the Park with Avion Espresso

avion espresso tequila coffee liqueurThe Package

The packaging was promising.  The bottle is a deep, earthy brown-black like those cups of coffee I enjoy every morning.  The lettering was white with gold trim, just enough bling to show they’d taken some pride in this product.

The Open

Alex’s Inspector Clouseau voice kept coming to mind as I broke the seal.  I removed it carefully with that “child at Christmas” sort of anticipation where you don’t dare ask yourself “Will it be what I’ve always wanted?”

You see, my tagline for decades has been, “In my world, coffee and tequila are food groups.”  (In fact, you may just see that meme floating around cyberspace thanks to Mike Morales.)

I’ve been all over the world and tasted every coffee there is.  I know the difference between Robusto and Arabica beans and I’ll be happy to go on at length about how important the grind of a coffee is.  I’ll also slap anyone who dares to present me with a cup of coffee that was blended with chicory.  I don’t drink that frou-frou double-moo-cow-chunk-chunk stuff, either.  Don’t make me go off like Denis Leary about that.

So, you see, I take my coffee very seriously.

avion espresso ken austin lisa pietsch tequila aficionado

The Nose

A spellbinding effect began when I opened the bottle.  The first whiff delivered deep, rich, earthy espresso.  Not coffee–E S P R E S S O.  I’m talking about perfectly roasted beans ground into a fine powder and forced by hot steam to give up their deepest essence.

2013-05-01 20.47.13Though the bottle arrived attended by eight lovely shot glasses emblazoned with the Avion logo, I poured this into a champagne flute to let it breathe.  (The anticipation nearly had me doing the Guinness dance.)

Finally, I could wait no more.

I swirled it in the crystal glass and it’s dark legs made me giddy.

I smelled it to my right, then to my left, and then head on.

The tequila and the espresso were equally matched.  No one overpowered the other.  They both stood strong and full together, but there was something more.  There was just a hint of honey on the nose and the combination of the three was delightfully intriguing.  Just smelling it made my mouth water.

It was like Christmas!  “Do I drink…do I wait…?”

The nose was phenomenal and I didn’t want to break that spell if the flavor didn’t deliver on the promise.

avion espressoLove at First Taste

I finally closed my eyes and took a sip.

The quality of the ingredients and the mix of flavors was exquisite.  It tickled my lips and sparkled on my tongue.  Yes, sparkled.  The Italian espresso was there in full force but the Avion Silver tequila was not letting it steal the show.

The things it did in my mouth!

I’ve had other coffee flavored liqueurs.  I had high hopes for Patron’s XO Café but it was nasty straight and completely ruined my coffee when mixed.  Avion Espresso has taken coffee liqueur from Maxwell House instant straight to the cafés of Europe holding hands with the blue agave fields of Jalisco.

Avion Espresso is THE liqueur for coffee lovers and a spectacular treasure for those of us who love both coffee and tequila.

The Finish

avion tequila ken austinKen Austin, Founder and Chairman, commented on Avion’s addition of a liqueur to its line.

“At first I didn’t want to do it as a tequila purist.  After many months of work at the distillery I was very happy with the results and we released it. It is doing so well along with our 100% Agave products and I can’t thank enough the many people who are supporting our brand and company!”

This attention to detail and high standard of quality is what makes Avion Espresso the new bar for any brand considering making a coffee liqueur.  Honestly, I can’t imagine how it could possibly be done better.

brand of promise avion espresso nominee award tequila aficionadoAvion Espresso is for those who are passionate about coffee.  This isn’t coffee “flavor”.  This is scintillating silver tequila and dark, rich, espresso.  This is the perfect mix of the night before and the morning after, the nightcap you drink as you watch the sunrise together.  This is early morning sex before sleeping all day!

coffee, chocolateRun, don’t walk, to the liquor store for it, or click on this link and order it now.

Avion Espresso is, without a doubt, on the short list for Tequila Aficionado’s 2013 Brands of Promise Awards.

P.S. Dear Ken…If you could work this magic with a chocolate tequila liqueur, I will love you forever.


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