Martinis & Murder Cocktail Recipe: Old Brew, New Tricks

Pair this tequila cocktail with episode #71, “Death By Horse Tranquilizer.”

By Gina Pace

It’s Earth Day, so in order to do our part (while still drinking) we picked a cocktail with a sustainable element.

Ever feel bad just throwing old coffee grounds away? The Brew, New Tricks, a cocktail created by Patrón, puts those grounds to good use by incorporating them into vermouth.

The coffee notes play well with the caramel and vanilla notes in the Patrón Reposado Tequila, but, if it’s a little too complicated it’s totally fine to just use plain vermouth. We won’t tell anyone.

After talking some trash about tequila in general, and recycling, Daryn Carp and John Thrasher ended up liking the cocktail — even though Matt is still trying to subtly poison John with vermouth.

Listen to the episode to find out about a case involving death by horse tranquilizers, but more importantly, hear the voice of an angel with my first spoken appearance on the show. 

Here’s how to make the drink:

2 ounces Patrón Reposado

1 ounce Spent Coffee Vermouth*
1/2 ounce Cynar

1/4 ounce Ancho Reyes Liqueur
2 dashes Molé Bitters


Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice to chill. Strain onto a large ice cube.

Coffee Vermouth

1 750ml bottle of Italian Vermouth (such as Martini & Rossi or Noilly Prat)
8 ounces spent coffee grounds in filter
1 whole cinnamon stick
2 star anise pods
1 vanilla bean pod


After brewing a pot of strong espresso coffee, while coffee grounds are still hot in the filter, add the cinnamon, star anise and vanilla pod. Clamp and seal the filter using string or a tight rubber band. Place in a large container and cover with sweet vermouth. Allow to infuse for four to six hours. Taste. Remove the coffee pack before straining and bottling infused vermouth.

[Video: Emily Spada]

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