While it’s always fun to play with flavors in coffee and desserts, this one was an exceptional creative pleasure for both Audrey and myself. The cool thing about this pairing is that each component is really enticing and tasty on its own, but the combo takes it to ‘next level’ flavor. The mini tart, with it’s apple, pomegranate and Fireball (cinnamon whiskey) has a sweet short dough crust, to which we added some finely minced dried cranberries. The drink is little, but packs a mulled spicy punch. But when you sip it with the tart….magical. Seriously.

Fruity Fireball Mini Tarts


Tart Shell

Tart shell recipe by Chef Doug Flick

Yield 10-15-  1 ½- 2oz tart shells

  • 4oz Butter
  • 8oz Cake Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 4oz Sugar
  • 1oz Minced Dried Cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line lightly greased mini tart molds on cookie sheet.
  2. In medium mixing bowl, Cream Butter and Sugar together.
  3. Add Eggs, Mix until just combined.
  4. Add Cake Flour and Cranberries all at once, mix until just combined.
  5. Wrap dough tightly and let chill for around 45 minutes.
  6. Take dough out of cooler, roll it out on floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Use round cookie cutter to cut dough to put into tart molds, forming it to the edges and cut off any extra dough.
  8. Put in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.
  9. Take out of the oven keep shells in molds.

The Filling

Filling recipe by Audrey Bastin

  • 3 fl oz Fireball Whiskey
  • 3 Sweet Apples (the firmer the better) cut into medium dice
  • ½ fl oz Pomegranate Juice (we used an actual pomegranate, but POM will do the trick too)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Honey
  • 1 oz Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • ¼ tsp Orange Zest
  • ½  liquid Pectin packet (optional)
  1. Add all ingredients into a large sauce pan.
  2. Cook on medium to low heat until desired thickness (we went to a preserves level)

Tart Assembly

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spoon Desired Amount of filling into tart shells
  3. Put in the oven for 15-25 minutes or until edges of crusts are golden brown.
  4. Take out of oven and let cool
  5. Garnish with whole Pomegranate seeds and Orange or Clementine zest for some color and aromas.

Mulled Coffee-tini

Coffee tini

When it some to assembly, this drink is pretty simple to construct. There is a little bit of leg work to prepare the coffee, but overall this drink is an easy one. The first step is making a batch of “mulled cold press”. When it comes to cold press I like to choose a coffee that has a lot of chocolate inherent to the flavor profile. While you can use most anything for cold press, for that chocolate flavor character I tend to gravitate towards Guatemalas and Brazils. In my experiments I used Messenger’s Guatemala Mezcla Perez.

Mulled Cold Press

12oz Coarsely ground chocolatey coffee
2 tsp minced orange peel
2 tsp minced lemon peel
4 cinnamon sticks, broken into halves or quarters
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1500g cold water
1. Add all ingredients into a cold press brewer (if you don’t have access to one your can also use a mason jar and strainer)
2. Brew for 18 hours and drain.
Drink Assembly
Cold Brew
Once you have the coffee brewed and drained, making the drinks is actually pretty easy. Drinks can be made individually or in a larger batch, depending on the group you’re planning to serve. The recipe below is for single servings, so just multiply out from the number of guests you are expecting.
(makes a 3-4 oz beverage)
  • 1.5oz Mulled Cold Press
  • 1/2 oz Brown sugar simple syrup
  • Fresh ice
  • 1-2oz club soda
  • 1 clementine ring to float
1. In a stirring vessel pour the mulled cold press and simple syrup. Stir to chill and strain into 4oz martini glass
2. Top up the beverage with club soda (or sparkling water of choice)
3. Garnish with a sliced round of Clementine floating on the top
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