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Vodka—tick. Coffee—tick …

I’m not a vodka drinker, but when it comes in a coffee blend, and with tasting notes of nuts, chocolate, and red fruits, I think I could be converted! And why hasn’t someone come up with this sooner … and, just in time for the perfect Father’s Day gift!

In another first for Underground Spirits, Canberra’s unique distillery in Kambah, they recently launched their first Vodka with Cold Brew Coffee. In collaboration with Bellerophon Coffee, a speciality cold brew coffee house, this is a unique and original recipe, and uses ethically sourced coffee beans and has no added sugar.

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“Ross, Andy and I had always spoken about doing a coffee vodka and as soon as we met Alex from Bellerophon we knew we had to collaborate to create something truly unique. We wanted to make a vodka for coffee purists, and not as sweet as other products, and the end result is a wonderful marriage between two artisans, one making coffee and one making spirits,” says Toby Angstmann from Underground Spirits.

After attending a few shows together and talking about collaboration, Underground Spirits and Bellerophon came up with a recipe for a vodka coffee. “It’s a fine balance between art and science in both the coffee and distilling industries,” says Alex Leech of Bellerophon Coffee, “and we both walk this line every day as part of our core values.” Bellerophon was founded in Canberra and is committed to sustainability in its processing by using only the highest grade, ethically sourced beans, and implementing a three-stage filtering process more often seen in the wine and beer industry.


Image courtesy Bellerophon Coffee

Underground Spirits is Canberra’s very own 100 per cent Australian made and owned distiller of award-winning premium vodka and gin, and is committed to creating the best spirits in the world. They have won several major international spirits competitions, making them Canberra’s most awarded spirits brand.

Coffee vodka is best served simply with a good quality tonic and garnished with a slice of orange. Its complex flavours and no added sugars however make it a very versatile product for pushing the boundaries of how coffee vodkas can be used.




So now you’ve got your bottle of coffee vodka, here’s a recipe for the perfect Espresso Martini courtesy Underground Spirits.Underground Spirits - vodka coffee 3

Espresso Martini

20ml Fresh Espresso, 30ml Underground Coffee Vodka, 30ml Underground Caramel Vodka, 10ml Sugar Syrup

Measure everything into a cocktail shaker. Shake hard with ice and double strain into a martini glass, garnish with three coffee beans. Add sugar syrup to taste if you prefer some sweetness.

Underground Spirits in Canberra

No it’s not about the Yowie Man’s ghost and poltergeist tours. Did you know Canberra has own award-winning distillery? Underground Spirits, located in Kambah, makes gin and vodka, and has recently revealed a completely new look. James Bond would love it!

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Although it’s had a rebrand, it’s still the same premium quality and taste which has just seen them knock out the competition and scoop major awards at two highly acclaimed international spirits awards, making them Canberra’s most awarded spirits brand.

Underground Spirits was awarded Silver for gin and vodka, Silver in the Vodka & Tonic category, and Bronze in the Gin & Tonic category, at the 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). Announced on 24 July in London, the IWSC is the world’s oldest and most highly-regarded wine and spirits tasting competition, with entries received from nearly 90 countries worldwide. The distillery also received a Double Gold for its vodka, and a Silver medal for its gin at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, regarded as one of the most competitive and influential and competitions in the spirit world.

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Underground Spirits’ founder, Dr Toby Angstmann commented. “These recent award wins have seen Underground Spirits become Canberra’s most awarded spirits brand. We have now won eleven awards for our gin and seven awards for our vodka both here in Australia and internationally which is just phenomenal”.

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These awards have come at an exciting time for Underground Spirits which has recently undergone a complete rebrand. Underground Spirits’ vodkas and gins are now presented in modern bottles with bold new labels with a colour palette that reflects the Canberran landscape, and feature a stylised map of Canberra, and is designed to reflect the brands personality—modern, innovative, and a reflection of the true Australian character. The map is a symbol of place and process and signifies the use of regional ingredients.

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“Our new brand will help launch and expand Underground Spirits globally, while firmly cementing our Canberra roots through the design and brand identity,” concluded Toby.

US Gettin figgyAnd to cap it off … here’s a recipe from Underground Spirits for their cocktail Getting’ Figgy with It.

40ml Underground Spirits Vodka
30ml Cider
2 fresh figs
A dash of lemon juice
Thyme syrup (optional)
Mix the figs & lemon juice into a cocktail shaker adding a scoop of ice & a dash of Thyme syrup.
Add our Signature Vodka shaking until well chilled, then strain into your glass of choice.
Finish off with the cider & a sprig of Thyme.

To celebrate the launch of their new brand, Underground Spirits is offering free shipping on all its orders within Australia for the month of August 2018.

Images courtesy Threesides Marketing and Underground Spirits.