Toussaint coffee liqueur is back! After a four-year hiatus, our original coffee liqueur is back on the shelf at Sub 13. We have certainly missed it, and our espresso martini recipe has had to change several times during its absence, using both Illyquore and Mr Black in its place. Whilst these are both great coffee liqueurs, they simply didn’t have
Toussaint’s rich flavour comes from the use of a three-year-old rum, which adds a sweetness without actually adding lots more sugar. This is then blended with 100% Arabica coffee beans, imparting a rich coffee flavour and aroma with a hint of chocolate on the finish.
Toussaint was originally created in the 1970s by Anker Horn, who was inspired by Haitian coffee and the story of Haitian slave leader and national hero General Toussaint L’Ouverture. Through a mixture of military skill and political skill, L’Ouverture was responsible for maintaining gains from the hard-won slave rebellion of 1791. He skilfully changed allegiances with Spain and France to further
his cause, and by 1800 he had turned Saint-Domingue (as Haiti was then known) into the first truly autonomous ex-slave colony. This paved the way for his successor to proclaim the colony a sovereign state, Haiti, in 1804.
Like all Caribbean countries, sugar cane was the most important industry, during slavery and afterwards. L’Ouverture in fact re-opened the plantations using paid labour. And wherever there is sugar cane production there is usually rum! So the story comes full circle.
A brief hiatus
In 2010 a production issue with the bottles saw Toussaint’s new owners Quintessential Brands stop production. They took this opportunity to move production to the UK to maintain a consistent supply, as well as improve the recipe and give the branding a facelift. Now we have it back and our espresso martinis have never tasted better!
Sub 13 Espresso Martini
25ml Absolut vodka
25ml Toussaint coffee liqueur
30ml fresh espresso coffee
Shake all ingredients hard with cubed ice, fine strain into a chilled martini and garnish with three coffee beans.