Coffee has become recognized as a human necessity. It is no longer a luxury or an indulgence; it is a corollary of human energy and human efficiency.
William H. Ukers, All About Coffee (1922)
Coffee is a truly wondrous and magical thing that many of us rely upon to make it though the day and Christmas is no exception, especially with all the extra boozing in the run up to and after the big day.
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp molasses – blackstrap or regular
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp strong coffee
- 1 cup milk of choice – almondmilk, coconutmilk, etc.
- sweetener of choice, to taste
Mix everything together in a small pot or in a mug. Then heat until desired temperature is reached. Alternatively, if you want a foamy latte: Mix spices into coffee. In a big measuring cup, heat or microwave the milk until foamy. Then pour the milk into the coffee mixture.
Pistachio Rose Latte
- 1 oz. pistachio paste;
- 1.5 oz. honey syrup;
- .25 oz. rose water;
While good lattes should be silky and creamy, this one is downright velvety, and manages to achieve a delicious thick texture without being too rich. You won’t feel heavy or guilty after drinking this special drink, I assure you, but it tastes so good, you’ll feel as if you’ve cheated. Nut-lovers everywhere take note.
- 1 jigger Irish cream liqueur
- 1 jigger Irish whiskey
- 1 cup hot brewed coffee
- 1 tablespoon whipped cream
In a coffee mug, combine Irish cream and Irish whiskey. Fill mug with coffee. Top with a dab of whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.
Hot Coffee Masala
- 2 cups water
- 2 cumin seeds, or to taste
- 1 whole star anise pod
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
- 2 teaspoons nonfat dry milk powder
- 2 teaspoons white sugar
In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, and stir in the cumin seeds, star anise pod, and cinnamon stick; reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the instant coffee, and allow the drink to simmer gently for 2 more minutes. Pour the drink into mugs, straining out the spices, and stir 1 teaspoon of nonfat dry milk powder and 1 teaspoon of white sugar into each mug.
- 1 (16 ounce) container powdered non-dairy creamer
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup instant decaffeinated coffee granules
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar substitute
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
Mix creamer, brown sugar, decaffeinated coffee, sugar substitute, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight container.