….waiting not so patiently for spring…

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We are ready to soak up the sun and drink our coffee on the porch,

without freezing our butts off.

May spring come quickly and speedily!

Drink Coffee be Happy!

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Coffee and Words

Words, Coffee, Music, Dance, Laugh, Live

Each of the above has a special place in our lives and different tunes due to our emotions, feelings, environment. Each can play off of each other…enhancing, enriching and making that moment one to remember.

I have laughed over strong espresso with the ones I love.

I have cried over a plan cup of black coffee in the morning on my porch in the morning sun.

I have sang with my to go mug of coffee while dancing to music in the yard picking up leaves.

I have drug myself up the stairs to the kitchen just to get my lively hood from the coffee pot.

I have spoken sweet words of thanks to God over my Coffee as the steam hits my nose.

I clutch my cup with two hands, held it close to my chest and believed I might not stand without it.

I love life, I love laughter, and I love Coffee.

I drink way more than I should, and I do not regret it… 🙂

~Drink Coffee be Happy~

Winter Coffee Drinks….It’s what we Crave!! :)

I’ll tell you what fellow coffee lovers, this time of year is when we here at The Coffee Kingdom crave all drinks warm and delicious! Coffee, Lattes, Hot Toddies, Buttered Rum, Hot Coco, Hot Apple Cider, you name it we want to drink it!! 🙂

There is nothing more comforting in the late fall, when snow is threatening to fly, than cuddling up with your loved ones in front of a fire and drinking a nice hot beverage of your choice. Whether an adult drink or one for all ages, I encourage you to check out some of those great holiday recipes out there that give you the perfect ending to the day.

We found a few we wanted to share with you and would Love to try some of yours favorite recipes!

Apple Cider
Yield: 8 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 quarts (64 ounces or 8 cups) apple cider
  • Six 3-inch cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving if desired
  • 1 medium orange
  • ⅛ cup whole cloves
  • Rum of your choice (optional)
  • Additional cinnamon sticks for serving.
Instructions
  1. Pour apple cider into a 2.5-quart or larger Crock Pot or other slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks to cider.
  2. With a toothpick, poke holes all around the orange, about ½ inch to 1 inch apart. Carefully poke the cloves into the toothpick holes in the orange (see photo below). Place orange into the cider in the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for about 4 hours. Ladle into mugs along with an ounce or so of rum if using. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass. Serve.

Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  •   Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar                                                                   

Directions

1. Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.  Boil and stir 2 minutes.  Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature.  Do Not Boil.

2.  Remove from heat; add vanilla.  Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy.  Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired.  Five 8-oz. servings.

VARIATIONS:    Add one of the following with the vanilla extract:

SPICED COCOA:  1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg.  Serve with cinnamon stick, if desired.

MINT COCOA:    1/2 teaspoon mint extract OR 3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy OR 2 to 3 tablespoons white creme de menthe.  Serve with peppermint candy stick, if desired.

CITRUS COCOA:  1/2 teaspoon orange extract OR 2 to 3 tablespoons orange liqueur.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Ingredients

3 cups hot whole milk

4 teaspoons white sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

6 ounces double-strength brewed coffee

3 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream

3 pinches pumpkin pie spice

Directions

Combine the hot milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice in a blender; blend until frothy. Pour the mixture into 3 coffee mugs to about 2/3 full. Pour 2 ounces coffee into each mug. Garnish each mug with whipped topping and pumpkin pie spice.

References:

http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-hot-spiced-apple-cider/ Apple Cider

https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=5265&name=Hot-Cocoa  Coco

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pumpkin-Spiced-Latte/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Thumb&e11=pumpkin%20%20latte&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe%20Search%20Results   Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Drink #5 For your Summer Days!

Kick off your summer with an Irish Coffee! I am a huge fan, and love

Splashing some Flavor in my coffee!

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 Irish Coffee

Makes 1 serving

1 (1.5 fluid ounce) Shot Irish cream liqueur

1 (1.5 fluid ounce) Shot Irish whiskey

1 cup hot brewed coffee

1 tablespoon whipped cream

1 dash ground nutmeg

Directions

 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.
Yum Yum! Enjoy!! 🙂
~Drink Coffee be Happy~

Coffee Drink!!

I want one!!!  Has anyone tried this before??

The Truffle

1 oz. Frangelico 1 oz. SKYY Vodka ¾ oz.  cold espresso
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled  with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass.
Source: Campari  America

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Best part of waking up??

Do I even have to ask? 🙂 Coffee! Especially when I remember the night before to prep the “Ol Faithful” coffee pot to auto brew. I tell ya the days I wake up and there is no coffee I scold my night self for not thinking of me…

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The winter days are plentiful here in our neck of the woods, which means the hot beverages of winter are always welcome! So we wanted to share a few with you. Enjoy! And share with us know your favorite winter beverage!

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Cajun Coffee

Molasses will bring a strong and wonderful flavour to your cup of coffee, along with a dash of good Caribbean rum.

Serve hot with whipped cream.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups hot coffee
  • 6 tbs molasses
  • 6 tbs dark rum
  • Whipped cream

Preparation:

Heat coffee and molasses in a saucepan until molasses is dissolved. Put 1 tbs of rum in each mug, and pour coffee over. Top with whipped cream. Serves 6

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Danish Coffee

You can really taste the rum in this one, great for a crowd. Simmering with spices for a few hours will build up the flavour of cinnamon and cloves.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups hot coffee
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 cloves, whole

Preparation:

Heat everything through over low heat and simmer for about 2 hours. Serves 8-10

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My Absolute Favorite!

hot buttered rum

Old Fashioned Hot Buttered Rum recipe

1  cup sugar
1 cup brown  sugar
1  cup butter
2 cups vanilla  ice cream
rum
water
nutmeg
1. Combine sugar, brown sugar and butter in a 2-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until butter  is melted (6-8 min).
2. Combine cooked mixture with ice-cream in a large mixing bowl, and beat at medium speed,  scraping bowl often until smooth (1-2 min). Store refrigerated up to 2 weeks or  frozen up to one month.
3. For each serving, fill one-quarter of a mug  with mixture, add one ounce rum and three-quarters of a cup of boiling water.  Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Read more:  Old Fashioned Hot Buttered Rum recipe http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink5667.html#ixzz2IddSlmI8

 

Now I know what your thinking… not all of these have Coffee in them but we have to be open to all drinks, or we wouldn’t be the adventurous people we are. 😀 We love putting a scoop of the Rum batter in our morning coffee. It is fantastic and delicious. It is a great treat on a cold winter morning, or after dinner for a dessert coffee…That reminds me… I think we still have some Batter in the freezer! Woo Hoo! Looks like my lunch coffee will have a little kick to it! 🙂

Happy Monday Everyone!

~Drink Coffee be Happy~