50 Shots of America–Washington


The countdown of the last 10 states in the series continues with the northwest corner of the contiguous 48…


Caramel MacchiappleDid you know that when the powers that be in the Washington Territory petitioned for statehood in 1885, they wanted to be known as the state of Columbia? Congress, however, thought it would be too easily confused with the District of Columbia, the Nation’s capital. It’s ironic, then, that they didn’t have a problem naming it the State of Washington, don’t you think?

It might be a pretty big state, but around 60% of it’s residents are cluster in the Seattle metro area, and is home to some serious heavy-hitters in tech: Amazon, Google and Microsoft. It’s known for it’s apple orchards, boasts actual rain forests and is the birthplace of a little, hardly known coffee company 😉

I know not everyone is a fan of Starbucks. I love shopping local, including for my coffee beverages, but oh… oh I love the crazy caloric rush that is the Caramel Macchiato (Caramel Latte almost anywhere esle). And, like some sort of a joke, my coffee order is a bit complex: Venti Decaf Soy Caramel Macchiato.


The More Complicated the Coffee...

The More Complicated the Coffee...

But would coffee and apples taste good together?

Caramel MacchiApple

1 oz Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz Sour Apple Schnapps
1/4 oz Caramel Syrup

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake like Mount St Helens getting ready to blow. Strain into a chilled cordial glass (or demitasse) and sip.

The tart of the apple goes extremely well with the smooth caramel and coffee mixture. The Swedish Fish-garnish is a nod to another local landmark: Pike Place Market where the fish go flying.


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