When the temperature drops I love to settle in with a great cup of hot coffee.
During the Holidays it is a great way to take a break from hectic shopping to stop and enjoy a steaming ‘Cup of Joe’.
In the frosty months the coffee shops and specialty retailers come out with their versions of cheer including Pumpkin Spice, Christmas Blend and a signature Starbucks Peppermint Mocha.
Combining chocolate and coffee is nothing new. It’s a natural pairing that compounds the enjoyment of both flavours. Dark or milk chocolate (a Mocha) is a sweet and strong concoction but adding the hint of peppermint to give it some zing does make you think of a cosy Christmas morning snuggled up by the fire.
This season think of bringing some of this rich dark goodness into your home. Coffee drinks are a great idea for guests and are welcome at Holiday Parties.
Hot Chocolate Mix or Cocoa and Sugar
Peppermint extract or Peppermint Syrup
Garnish with Candy Cane
All kinds of coffee combinations are super for serving this season!
Brown Sugar-Caramel Latte
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1/4 cup half-and-half
1 tablespoon caramel ice cream topping
3/4 cup hot, brewed coffee
Stir brown sugar into half-and-half until dissolved. Whip with a milk frother or small whisk. Pour coffee into a mug, and stir in caramel sauce until dissolved. Pour frothed half-and-half into coffee, and serve.
For those who like their parties and coffee a little stronger pair coffee with a Liqueur
Kaluha, Frangelica, and especially with Bailey’s Irish Cream. Baileys also has a mint version that will put an extra zing in your Christmas Cup.
Coffee is popular all year but around the Holidays you can make it extra special. Coffee Beans make a great gift that people can enjoy through the season.
Gift baskets with gourmet coffee and a personalized mug are sure to be enjoyed. This year try a Christmas blend and have warm and wonderful Holiday.