Turkish coffee

Turkish coffee arrived in Istanbul in the 16th century via Yemen, when an Ottoman governor could not resist its velvety deliciousness. It is usually brewed in a cezve - a small long handled pot, typically made of copper or brass - and consists of coffee ground to a fine powder combined with water and spices. Brought just to the point of a slow careful boil, it is cooked unfiltered and served "grounds in the cup". This rich velvety coffee may be called by a different name3, and contain different spices1 depending on the nationality of the preparer. If you love a rich, strong, concentrated, and caffeinated brew this is the coffee preparation for you! Below are directions for preparing a Turkish style coffee followed by a wonderful Turkish coffee cocktail recipe for those of you so inclined. Enjoy!

Espresso Martinis

When mixing up an espresso or coffee based martini the important thing to remember is proportion, proportion, proportion! Through experimentation (some successes, some failures, but all enjoyable) we find that the best espresso martinis always have approximately equal parts coffee and flavor (liquor, syrup, etc.) to vodka (or alternative spirit). While you can vary the... Continue Reading →

The Nutty Irishman coffee cocktail

Hazelnut, Irish Cream, whiskey, and coffee - what a wonderful combination, ready made for beating the chill of winter! We are getting into the St. Patrick's Day spirit a little early with the Queen's take on a classic cocktail - The Nutty Irishman. Enjoy!

Bushwacker inspired espresso rumtini

The Bushwacker cocktail, named after a bar patron's constant canine companion, originated in the 1970's in the Virgin Islands. It was brought stateside and continued rising in popularity at beach-side bars in Florida, eventually being bottled and sold at liquor stores. While the recipe has morphed and grown on its journey towards popularization, the delicious mix of coconut, chocolate, and rum has remained at its tasty core. I have deconstructed and re-imagined this delightful cocktail as a holiday ready espresso rumtini. Enjoy!

All buzz, no booze: our favorite holiday coffee mocktails!

It's time to celebrate! With the holidays approaching, we thought this would be a great time to share our favorite coffee mocktails. Adapted from holiday classics like eggnog, Irish coffee, and the much-beloved martini, these four fabulous mocktails encapsulate the festive feeling and flavors of the holidays and still let you fulfill your role as designated driver.

Peanut butter cup espresso martini

Can't get enough of peanut butter and chocolate? Love espresso? If you answered yes to these questions, this peanut butter cup espresso martini is just the drink for you! Enjoy! Ingredients 2 ounces Reese's peanut butter pieces infused vodka (instructions below)1 ounce chocolate liqueur2.5 ounces espresso2 ounce creamCocktail shaker half filled with iceChocolate sauce and... Continue Reading →

Off with her head! A Maui Madness coffee cocktail

My current favorite flavored coffee to experiment with is Maui Madness. The combination of coconut, banana, and hazelnut lends itself extraordinarily well to many cocktails. Today's libation combines the luscious hazelnut of Frangelico and the almond bite of Amaretto with sweet cinnamon and cream. Maui madness coffee elevates the flavors to the next level! The result is a tasty treat that just might have you screaming "Off with her head!" if denied a second! Enjoy!

The best alcohols to add to your coffee

Love a good spiked coffee drink? So do we! This week, we are sharing some of our favorite coffee-enhancing liquors, liqueurs, and whiskeys. While any combination could be used, some alcohols pair better with coffee than others given coffee's strong natural tones. From sweet to savory to smokey, adding these alcohols to your coffee transforms... Continue Reading →

Iced Mexican coffee

Iced coffee season is here! Why not add a kick and some spice to that traditional version? This iced Mexican coffee is easy to make and delicious.  Opt for an alcoholic boost, or go without. Either way, you can not go wrong with this scrumptious iced Mexican coffee! Enjoy!

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