Sunday, December 11, 2011

Almond Mocha

In the Time Zone and at the Latitude Where I Live, snow is a rarity. The odd time we get snow, my friend Grace moves swiftly into action, inviting the neighbors to walk over to the “ice bar” that she and her husband build from packed snow. If you’re fortunate enough to have snow for the holidays, what better idea than to build your own “ice bar” and invite the neighbors to stroll over for a hot drink and a snack?
Alcoholic Almond Mocha:
1 c. extra-strength hot coffee
4 tsp. sugar
6 tbsp. almond liqueur
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
½ tsp. cinnamon
⅔ c. whole milk, divided
Dash of salt
Stir together coffee, sugar, and liqueur in a saucepan. Combine the cocoa, cinnamon, and ⅓ c. milk in a small bowl. Add to the coffee mixture with the remaining ⅓ c. milk and salt and bring to a simmer. Pour into mugs, topping with Cinnamon Whipped Cream. Serves 2.
Cinnamon Whipped Cream:
½ c. heavy cream
1 tsp. sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon
Beat cream until soft peaks form. Add cinnamon and sugar and beat until stiff.
- With thanks to The Vancouver Sun

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