Karamozov Koffee

May 21, 2010 (Day 111) — Karamozov Koffee

“I’m a Karamazov… when I fall into the abyss, I go straight into it, head down and heels up, and I’m even pleased that I’m falling in such a humiliating position, and for me I find it beautiful. And so in that very shame I suddenly begin a hymn. Let me be cursed, let me be base and vile, but let me also kiss the hem of that garment in which my God is clothed; let me be following the devil at the same time, but still I am also your son, Lord, and I love you, and I feel a joy without which the world cannot stand and be.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Ahhh, Dostoevsky. The man who was able to make me feel like I had taken a hit of strong acid simply through the power of word. Consider the delirium of Raskolnikov in “Crime and Punishment.” The self-pitying sanity of Underground Man in “Notes from Underground.” This drink is less offensive — and less hallucinogenic — than either of those two novels.

For my wife’s birthday — which is today — I purchased for her a bottle of Van Gogh’s Double Espresso Vodka. Everything else I’ve had from the Van Gogh line has been out of this world, and this one is no different. Tasted straight up, it’s surprisingly smooth with a great coffee flavor that doesn’t seem forced. I’m looking forward to this in cocktail form. And since it’s vodka — da! — why not try something with an indelible link to Russia — Dostoevsky.

Karamozov Koffee

1 oz coffee vodka (Van Gogh)

1 oz amaretto (Disarrono)

1 oz white cream de cacao

Combine in a cocktail shaker, shake thoroughly and pour into a chilled martini glass.

Very mellow, very sweet and smooth. An excellent cocktail by itself, but I have to imagine that this would be one amazing complement to a tiramisu desert after a deliciously filling Italian dinner. This was definitely a good choice for Jenn’s birthday, as she downed it pretty dang fast. It received her seal of approval.


— Mark


  1. What a pretend-jous post for my birthday. Let’s try again on my anniversary for something more upbeat and fun….like me.
    Oh wait, that must be your other wife I’m thinking of……

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