It’s snowing in Denver!!! I don’t know about you but I am thrilled about it and, honestly, a little disappointed it’s going to warm up again after today (right on time for our Halloween shindig weekend, at least). But for now, let’s embrace the winter wonderland and what’s best for that? Hot drinks, of course. Here are some of my favorite recipes for you to enjoy, today and the fall and winter season to come (maybe during some pumpkin carving?). Enjoy!
~Caramel Apple Cider~
1.5 cups of apple cider
1.5 tablespoons caramel sauce or caramel squares
half teaspoon of vanilla
Step 1 ~ Combine apple cider, caramel & vanilla into a sauce pan
Step 2 ~ Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until apple cider is hot and caramel has melted
Step 3 ~ Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy in your favorite mug
~Hot Apple Pie Cocktail~
2.5 cups apple juice
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
half teaspoon allspice
quarter teaspoon ground cardamom
4 ounces apple Schnapps (optional)
4 scoops low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt (1 cup total)
Step 1 ~ Place apple juice, cinnamon sticks, lemon juice, vanilla extract, allspice and ground cardamom in medium saucepan
Step 2 ~ Warm 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until mixture is hot and spices are blended
Step 3 ~ Add schnapps
Step 4 ~ Divide between 4 mugs, top with frozen yogurt & serve immediately
Image via DK Photography
1 (1.25 oz) packet powdered cocoa mix
1.5 cups boiling water OR hot milk
1.5 ounces tequila rose liqueur
Step 1 ~ Empty packet of hot cocoa mix into a large mug
Step 2 ~ Pour boiling water or milk into the mug and stir to mix
Step 3 ~ Pour the Tequila Rose into the hot chocolate and stir again
Step 4 ~ Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings and enjoy!
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons cream, heavy
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup coffee, black
1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus more for garnish
whipping cream, for garnish
instant coffee, for garnish
1 tablespoon chocolate chips, for garnish
Step 1 ~ In a medium saucepan, whisk together the mascarpone cheese and the heavy cream. Add the milk and heat on low to medium heat, stirring frequently until heated through and completely smooth.
Step 2 ~ Add the unsweetened cocoa powder to the mixture and stir again for 5 minutes, or until the cocoa completely dissolves.
Step 3 ~ Pour hot coffee into each serving cup – the coffee should fill only the bottom quarter of the cup.
Step 4 ~ Pour the chocolate/cheese mixture over the top of the coffee. Add the maple syrup and stir until completely mixed.
Step 5 ~ Garnish with whipping cream, a splash of maple syrup, a sprinkle of coffee, a dusting of cocoa powder and a few chocolate chips
Step 6 ~ Serve immediately, for authenticity, serve with a lady finger on the side.
Courtesy of Food.com
~Classic Bailey’s & Coffee~
1 part Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 part black coffee
Mix and enjoy! Simple as that.