Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Jazz up that Coffee with a Shot of this...

My rule is you can add almost any kind of booze to hot cocoa, coffee and if you are aware of appropriate flavour mixtures, tea too.

I drink flavoured tea such as peach, pomegranate, acai berry, etc. I generally don't add booze to these, but when they are iced teas in the summer I do - but we will get to that when the weather warms up.

For now, Hot Cocoa, Hot Coffee, and a shot of something to jazz it up...

Here are some of my faves that I recommend.

Hot Cocoa or Coffee.... Pick one of these.... Garnish with Whipped Cream and choco shavings....

Add Baileys


Add Dark Rum


Add Peppermint Schnapps


Add Butterscotch Schnapps


Add Vodka


Add Creme de Cacao

The list goes on... really, almost anything goes good...

Also, another drink I love in the winter...

Hot Spiced Cider

•1 gal apple cider
•1 allspice
•1 clove
•1 cinnamon stick

Add allspice, clove and cinnamon stick to the apple cider and let simmer for 1 hour (or longer). This may not look like much spice, but it really does make a pleasantly spicey cider.

You can add dark rum, spiced rum or bourbon to the cider... for that extra kick ;)

Also, here is a martini that brings the essence of apple cider taste to it, in a cool, stiff martini...

Pear Cider Martini
•3/4 oz. brandy
•1/2 oz. pear brandy
•4 to 5 oz. apple cider
•ground cinnamon
•ground nutmeg
•1 apple

Mix brandy, pear brandy and apple cider with ice in shaker. Add two dashes ground cinnamon. Add one dash ground nutmeg.

Strain into a martini glass or serve on ice in cocktail glass. Garnish with an apple slice.

So deffo try the apple cider if you like... it's easy and warm and delicious... and next time you pour a nice cup of coffee, toss in a shot of something with kick ;)

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