Written in collaboration with\u00a0Nespresso\r\n\r\n\u2018Tis the season to be jolly and\u00a0Nespresso\u00a0is giving us plenty to be jolly about. For starters, the stellar brand took inspiration from Austria\u2019s dessert portfolio and introduced three new seasonal Variations bursting with festive flavour:\u00a0Sachtertorte, Linzer\u00a0Torte and\u00a0Apfelstrudel. Secondly,\u00a0Nespresso\u00a0managed to pack some extra love under those Christmas trees by launching a new range of both Limited Edition and permanent coffee accessories guaranteed to please club members and coffee lovers alike. As if all that wasn\u2019t enough,\u00a0Nespresso\u00a0also teamed up with Kurtis to craft three bespoke\u00a0cocktail recipes incorporating the new flavour Variations along with a slew of deliciously boozy ingredients. Tra la la la la, indeed!\r\n\r\nFor those who aren\u2019t already aware,\u00a0Nespresso\u00a0has delivered the perfect cup of espresso coffee to our taste buds and bloodstreams year after year, revolutionising and reshaping the entire industry in the process. By emphasising customisation, quality, sustainability and variety,\u00a0Nespresso\u00a0enables us to create the ideal brew, one that tastes good and feels good and never fails to surprise. Furthermore, in spite of being massively popular,\u00a0Nespresso\u00a0employs a remarkable business model that allows every coffee bean in their range of 24 unique\u00a0Grand Crus\u00a0to be traced back to its origin. Pair that with a recycling initiative with over 19,000 capsule collection points\u00a0in Australia and we\u2019re looking at the new frontier of sustainability and quality control.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLike all good brands and all good cups of coffee,\u00a0Nespresso\u00a0loves to keep the momentum going and their new limited edition Variations are surely up to the task. The\u00a0Sachertorte\u00a0Nespresso\u00a0was crafted in honour of the Viennese Sachertorte, a delectable chocolate cake topped with a thin layer of apricot jam. From the espresso expect light but vibrant notes of chocolate and apricot rounded out by the traditional, balanced flavours of\u00a0Nespresso\u2019s\u00a0Livanto Grand Cru.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe\u00a0Apfelstrudel\u00a0Variation takes its name and inspiration from another world famous Austrian dessert: the apple strudel. Accordingly, the espresso flaunts the luxurious aromas of cinnamon, puff pastry and baked apples, those delicately sweet notes again balanced by the natural smoothness and flavour of the\u00a0Livanto Grand Cru.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLast but not least is the\u00a0Linzer Torte, which garners inspiration from the Viennese torte, a red fruit tart featuring a signature lattice design at the top. With each sip comes the perfect combination of roasted\u00a0Livanto Grand Cru, red fruit, and lightly spiced baked pastry dough. Delicious!\r\n\r\nOf course there\u2019s no harm in doubling down on the celebration this year by mixing that tasty coffee with alcohol in one timeless cocktail. In honour of our two favourite seasonal beverages (espresso and liquor),\u00a0Nespresso\u2019s\u00a0partnership with Cocktails by Kurtis has manifested in three bespoke cocktail recipes that include the new Variations. Each cocktail explodes with layered, uniform flavour, offering creamy notes of alluring sweetness joined by body-warming bursts of espresso and alcohol. Get mixing and remember to moderate because these boozy concoctions go down smooth and fast.\r\n\r\nAnd since the season doesn\u2019t just mean indulging the senses, but giving to others as well, by all means consider perusing\u00a0Nespresso\u2019s\u00a0new limited edition and permanent coffee accessories when looking for that perfect gift. Each one is guaranteed to satisfy the coffee lover in your life because after all, nobody argues with coffee\u2026or coffee accessories. Needless to say,\u00a0Nespresso\u00a0has got you duly covered for the 2016 holidays!\r\n\r\n\r\nSachertorte Espresso Martini\r\nDescription\r\n\u2018VDKA6100 Vodka, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Cr\u00e8me de Caf\u00e9 & Espresso\u2019\r\n\r\nGarnish\r\nBitter Chocolate\r\n\r\nGlass\r\nCoupe\r\n\r\nRecipe\r\n30ml VDKA6100\r\n30ml De Kyper Cr\u00e8me de Cafe\r\n10ml Pedro Ximenez Sherry\r\n40ml Espresso of\u00a0Nespresso Sachertorte Grand Cru\r\n\r\nMethod\r\n\u2013 Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker\r\n\u2013 Add Ice\r\n\u2013 Shake hard for 10 seconds OR until shakers are frosted\r\n\u2013 Strain into a nice glass & Garnish with Bitter Chocolate\r\n\r\nDescription\r\nThe\u00a0Sachertorte\u00a0expression of\u00a0Nespresso\u00a0highlights the flavours of soft chocolate and apricot. Staying true to these flavours, the \u2018Sachertorte Espresso Martini\u2019 features VDKA6100, a whey based vodka that is soft, with a buttery mouth feel allowing the other flavours to shine. The addition of the Pedro Ximenez sherry with its bouquet of raisins and molasses, gives the drink a great depth and complexity and is the perfect match to the chocolate and apricot notes of the coffee. Finally, the cr\u00e8me de caf\u00e9 rounds out the drinks flavour profile, bolstering the coffee note in the Sachertorte and giving the drink a lovely creaminess.\r\n\r\n\r\nApfelstrudel Nespresso\r\nDescription\r\n\u2018Cinnamon Syrup, Fever Tree Indian Tonic, Orange Bitters & Apfelstrudel Nespresso\u2019\r\n\r\nGarnish\r\nDehydrated Orange\r\n\r\nGlass\r\nDouble Rocks\r\n\r\nRecipe\r\n200ml Fever Tree Indian Tonic\r\n2 Dashes Regan\u2019s Orange Bitters\r\n10ml Cinnamon Syrup\r\n40ml Espresso of\u00a0Nespresso Apfelstrudel Grand Cru\r\n\r\nMethod\r\n\u2013 Build ingredients in order of the recipe over ice\r\n\u2013 Stir until ingredients are all incorporated\r\n\r\nDescription\r\nThe\u00a0Apfelstrudel Nespresso\u00a0highlights rich aroma of pastry, baked apple and a hint of cinnamon spice. Looking to create a mocktail style drinking experience, the Fever Tree Indian tonic forms the base of the drink. The complex bitterness from the quinine in the tonic water complements the\u00a0Apfelstrudelespresso, whilst the refreshing fruitiness from the citric acid, gives the drink a good effervescence and balances the sweet\u00a0 from the coffee of baked apple and cinnamon. The Regan\u2019s Orange bitters give the drink a pleasant depth of flavour and complexity with its fruity notes that complement the other flavours.\r\n\r\n\r\nLinzer Torte Espresso Martini\r\nDescription\r\n\u2018Hennessy VS Cognac, Vanilla Galliano, Kahlua &\u00a0Linzer Torte Nespresso\u2019\r\n\r\nGarnish\r\nSplit Vanilla Pod\r\n\r\nGlass\r\nVintage Coupe Glass\r\n\r\nRecipe\r\n30ml Hennessy\r\n30ml Kahlua\r\n10ml Vanilla Galliano\r\n40ml Espresso of\u00a0Nespresso Linzer Torte Grand Cru\r\n\r\nMethod\r\n\u2013 Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker\r\n\u2013 Add Ice\r\n\u2013 Shake hard for 10 seconds OR until shakers are frosted\r\n\u2013 Strain into a nice glass & Garnish with Vanilla pod\r\n\r\nDescription\r\nThe Linzer Torte expression of\u00a0Nespresso\u00a0highlights the taste of red fruit and notes of spiced dough.\u00a0 With this in mind, the \u2018Linzer Torte Espresso Martini\u2019 features the Hennessy VS Cognac, with its subtle spiciness and hints of vanilla and oak, working harmoniously with the fruitier notes found in the\u00a0Nespresso. The tannins and sharpness in the Cognac then play off the sweet, full mouth feel of the Galliano Vanilla without taking away from the\u00a0Linzer Torte. Finally, the addition of the Kahlua completes the drink, boosting the coffee note and rounding out the flavour profile.