Caffe e Bevande (Coffee and Drinks)

CAPPUCCINO

When I have guests over, I like to offer cappuccino as a delicious alternative to coffee.
I have an espresso machine, but have used other modified methods to make cappuccino. This drink is nothing more than espresso and foamed skim milk. If you don’t make espresso, substitute about 3 oz. of very strong brewed coffee. If someone asks for a decaffeinated cappuccino, you can use decaffeinated brewed coffee as a substitute for the espresso. I prefer adding coffee flavored syrups to my cappuccino, and tend to top the cappuccino with canned whipped cream for a decorative touch. Garnish with cocoa or cinnamon powder if desired and a chocolate coffee bean.

Ingredients:
3 oz. Espresso
4 oz. Foamed Skim Milk
Canned Whipped Cream for garnish
Powdered Cocoa or Cinnamon for garnish
Chocolate Coffee Beans for garnish

Directions:
While you are brewing your espresso, heat the skim milk in a small saucepan over the stovetop until simmering. The milk will start to foam. (If you enjoy flavored syrups, add 1 teaspoon of the syrup to the milk while heating). Place the brewed espresso into your cappuccino mug. Pour the foamed milk over the hot espresso. The traditional cappuccino is served in that form. I like to garnish my cappuccino with a bit of canned whipped cream topping, powdered cocoa and a chocolate coffee bean garnish. Serve immediately.

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CHAMBORD COFFEE

This is a delicious liquor infused coffee drink, which is very satisfying on a cold winter night. Your favorite liquors can be substituted based upon your preference. I serve this drink in a decorative glass coffee mug.

Ingredients:
6 oz. Brewed Coffee
2 Tbsp. Chambord
2 Tbsp. Chocolate Godiva Liquor
Whipped Cream
Caramel Sauce (Optional)
Cinnamon Stick or Sugar Sticks for garnish

Directions:
Brew coffee. Pour the coffee into the decorative glass mug. Add the Chambord, godiva liquor and mix. Top with Canned Whipped Cream, drizzle with Caramel Sauce if desired. Serve with a cinnamon stick or a sugar stick.

chambord coffee

RED SANGRIA

This red sangria is my favorite, and I tend to make this recipe for holiday parties. The addition of fruit and berries in the sangria always makes the drink a bit more festive. Serve with additional sliced fruit and ice. The wine and fruit can be varied based upon your preference.

Ingredients:
3 Bottles (750 ml) Red Wine (Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon)
6 Cups Sunny Delight Drink Mix (Tangy Original Orange)
1 Cup Cointreau
1 Cup Blackberry Brandy
1 Cup Triple Sec
Sliced Oranges and Apples for Mixture
Additional Sliced Fruit/Berries for Garnish
Cinnamon Sticks (Optional)

Directions:
Mix ingredients together and add sliced fruit. Stir to combine. Sangria is best served after flavors have been combined for several hours. I serve at room temperature and fill each glass with ice and sliced fruit/berries for garnish. Serve with cinnamon stick for extra flavor if desired.

red sangria

CHOCOLATE CHERRY MARTINI

I like to make this drink for special occasions. This would be a wonderful treat for Valentine’s Day, or a nice signature drink for a dinner party.

Ingredients:
¼ Cup Chocolate Chips
½ Cup Godiva Chocolate Liquor
½ Cup Bailey’s Liquor
½ Cup Light Cream
2 Tbsp. Maraschino Cherry Juice
Whipped Cream and Maraschino Cherry (Garnish)

Directions:
Melt the chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl for 1 minute. Stir and microwave until the chips are melted. Dip the rim of the martini glass in the melted chocolate, and drizzle the rest of the chocolate inside the glass as desired. Place the glass in the refrigerator or freezer to set the chocolate. Pour the Godiva Chocolate Liquor, the Bailey’s Liquor, the light cream and the cherry juice into a martini shaker. Add ice cubes and shake until cold. Strain mixture into 2 martini glasses. Top with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry, if desired.

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APPLE CIDER INFUSION

This apple cider drink is delicious, and perfect to serve during the holidays.
Serve with plenty of ice, and garnish with a slice of apple and cinnamon stick.

Ingredients:
4 Cups Apple Cider
1 Cup Orange Juice
3 Cups Vodka
Crushed Ice
Cinnamon Sticks and Sliced Apples for Garnish

Directions:
Mix the apple cider, orange juice and vodka together. Stir to combine. Place in a decorative pitcher and chill in the refrigerator. This drink is best when served chilled with ice. Garnish each drink with a sliced apple and cinnamon stick if desired.

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HOMEMADE LIMONCELLO (see Blog for detailed instructions)

I have experimented making a variety of homemade liquors. Limoncello and Kahlua are my favorites, and are relatively easy to make. They just require time to steep. This
is an excellent gift for the holidays…just purchase decorative bottles and plan ahead!

Ingredients:
12 Lemons
1 750-ml. Bottle Vodka
3 Cups Water
2 Cups Sugar

Directions:
Remove the peel from the lemons, making sure that you don’t include the white pith from the lemon (which is bitter). Place the lemon peels in a large pitcher with the vodka, and cover to steep for one week at room temperature. When ready, prepare the simple syrup mixture of water and sugar. In a large pan, over medium heat, combine the water and sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved, approx. 3 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the sugar mixture into the pitcher with the vodka. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Remove the lemon peels from the vodka mixture and transfer the limoncello to individual, sealed bottles. Refrigerate. The limoncello is best after being refrigerated for an additional week, and will be good if refrigerated for several months.

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