Written by Lori Thiessen
My Dear Readers, the frost is on the meadow and we have all but hidden away in our respective burrows for the duration of this wintry weather. To help while away the hours, invite some close friends in for conversation and sample the following warming beverages.
The Polar Bear
Though there are many variations on this cocktail, most of them cold, I recommend the following concoction to warm the cockles of your heart. Pour into a heat-proof cup or mug:
- 2 oz of Peppermint Schnapps
- 3 oz of good quality hot chocolate
- 3 oz of medium strength, good quality hot coffee
You may want to top the mixture with a dollop of whipping cream and a candy cane to give it a festive twist!
Here’s a post festive dinner coffee that could double as dessert!
- 6 cups strong, good quality coffee
- 4 tbsps sugar
- 1 organic, unsprayed orange studded with 3 whole cloves
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 1/2 tbsps of Van der Hum, tangerine flavoured liqueur
- 1/2 cup of brandy
- 1 cup of cream
- freshly ground cinnamon
Put the first 6 ingredients into a heavy bottomed cooking pot. Set the heating element to low — just warm the ingredients, DO NOT BOIL.
In a metal soup ladle with an insulated handle, warm the brandy near the coffee. BE VERY CAREFUL. Hold the soup ladle full of warmed brandy over the cooking pot of coffee. Light a match and set the brandy aflame. Carefully pour the flaming brandy over the coffee.
Pour the coffee mixture into heavy mugs (your fine china teacups cannot handle this!). Place a spoon over a mug and slowly pour a little of the cream so that it floats on the top of the drink. Sprinkle with freshly ground cinnamon. Repeat with each mug. Serve.
Special Christmas Morning Coffee
This coffee is a great way to start your Christmas Day!
- 10 cups strong, good quality coffee
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened good quality cocoa
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup water
Whipped cream, optional. Frangelico, Amaretto or Bailey’s Irish Cream, optional. Freshly ground cinnamon and nutmeg for topping. Milk and sugar for serving.
Brew your coffee in the regular way. Take the next 4 ingredients and put them into a small, heavy bottomed pot. Bring to a boil. Remove pot from heat. Pour mixture into the coffee. Stir well. Add Frangelico, Amaretto or Bailey’s, if desired. Pour into mugs. Top with whipped cream, if desired. Top with ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
I hope these recipes will delight you and your friends and keep you warm.
Please remember to limit your alcohol intake during the Christmas holidays and be responsible. Call a cab if you’ve had too much.
Until Next Time,
May your coffee always be freshly brewed!