Cherry Valentine Mocha

What happens when you combine the sweetness of chocolate with the richness and depth of coffee? What if you next add in the sugary sweetness, almond-tinged flavor of the maraschino cherry? You will have created a flavor explosion worthy of any great love affair, that’s what! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we have prepared just such a treat. Enjoy!


Ingredients

2 ounces of espresso or 4 ounces of strong coffee

2 tablespoons of cherry syrup (you can use the syrup from the maraschino cherry jar)

2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup (I used dark chocolate, but milk chocolate is a great choice)

4 ounces of milk

Maraschino cherry and whipped cream for garnish

1 ounce of cherry brandy (*optional)


Directions

1) Steam and froth milk using your method of choice.

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2) Brew your coffee and combine it with the cherry syrup and chocolate syrup in a small saucepan. Heat on a low flame stirring constantly until well blended.

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3) Pour the steam milked into the mixture, using a spoon to keep the foam from pouring in. If you have an immersion blender you could use it here to add more froth to your mocha.

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4) If you are including brandy in your mocha add it to a preheated mug now.

5) Fill the preheated mug with your blended mocha. Top with the foam from your frothed milk, and / or a tablespoon of whipped cream.

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6) Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and enjoy!

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