Now that Christmas is only a few days away it’s time to get that festive menu all prepared and ready to treat your loved ones to the best day possible. Adding coffee to the menu is a great way to minimise the post dinner sleepiness, and they also work great as a pre-night-out pick me up! Here are a few of the recipes we’re hoping to try out this year.
Peppermint Mocha Cocktail
Recipe from 1912 Pike
- 1 shot Espresso
- 1 tablespoon Peppermint Syrup
- 2 tablespoons mocha syrup*
- 1/2 cup milk
- Whipped cream
- 2-3 ounces coffee liqueur
- Chocolate for shaving
- Candy cane
- Brew one shot of Espresso. Combine mocha syrup, Peppermint Syrup, coffee liqueur (optional), and espresso in a mug and stir.
- Heat milk on stovetop, medium setting. Whisk the warmed milk to make foam (about 30 seconds).
- Add milk to mug. Top with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings and a candy cane. Serve and enjoy.
*To make the mocha syrup, add equal parts Starbucks® Mocha Powder and warm water. Whisk until fully incorporated.
White Spiced Coffee
Recipe from Country Living
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup whole organic coffee beans
- 1 1/2 stick cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole green cardamom pods
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tbsp dark rum
- Place the milk and crushed coffee beans in a saucepan. Heat the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, about 7 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat and let the beans steep in the milk for 15 minutes.
- Strain the coffee mixture and transfer to the jar of a blender. Discard the crushed coffee beans. Add the cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and honey to the steeped milk and blend on high speed until the spices are coarsely ground, about 30 seconds.
- Strain the liquid back into the saucepan and discard the ground spices. Rewarm the spiced coffee over medium-high heat until the liquid is hot and steaming. Add rum, if desired. Pour into warmed coffee mugs and serve hot.
Cheeky Christmas Coffee
Recipe from Food Network
- Fresh coffee
- Irish cream liqueur (Baileys)
- Semi-skimmed milk (for froth)
- Toffee popcorn
- Cocoa powder
- Edible gold glitter
- Add a good dollop of Baileys into some real coffee.
- Heat up some milk and whisk it until fluffy, then spoon a little on top of the coffee.
- Top with some toffee popcorn.
- Then sprinkle with cocoa powder that has been mixed with gold edible glitter.
Nutmeg & Orange Christmas Coffee
Recipe from BBC Good Food
- 4 tbsp ground coffee
- 1 small cinnamon stick
- 2 pitted dates
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- 2 cloves
- strip of pared orange zest
- Put the ground coffee, cinnamon stick and dates in a large cafetiere. Add the ground nutmeg, cloves and orange zest, then pour over 400ml freshly boiled water.
- Stir gently with a wooden spoon to combine, then leave to steep for 4 mins. Slowly push down the plunger and serve in espresso cups.
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