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What if winter lasts forever?

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2011 at 2:40 am

It’s only mid February and we still have plenty of winter ahead of us.  Snow banks are still pretty high around our town. Since I have lived in New England all of my life, I find it wise to be prepared for cold nights and even frost as late as April. Never wanting to be caught with an unexpected snowfall, and not having that right something to keep me warm, I find these few choices always do the trick. Remember to stock up on some basic supplies long before the cold sets in and you too can weather the storm with a smile.

Hot coffee drinks and even hot chocolate drinks with a little added flavor are my favorite way to enjoy a New England night covered in a fresh white blanket of new fallen snow. When the chill is in the air I always warm things up with one of these three creations:

First on my list is an old standby “The Irish Coffee”.   Start with a 16 oz. tempered glass and add 1&1/2 oz. Jameson’s Irish Whiskey, then 1oz. dark crème de cocoa, 12 oz. hot fresh brewed strong coffee. Top with 1&1/2 “ fresh whipped cream and garnish the cream with a drizzle of green crème de menthe. This drink can be made stronger if you like but the way it is here, it’s been getting the job done for over 100 years, so you might want to stick with it the way it is.

For the hot chocolate lovers on the chilly east coast, my new favorite is called a “Hot Chocolate Bonbon”.  Same 16 oz. tempered glass with 1&1/2 oz. Grand Marnier, 1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream, and 1 oz. Anejo Tequila. Top this one with 1&1/2 “ of homemade fresh whipped cream and a dusting of bitter-sweet chocolate shavings for garnish. A straw is needed to enjoy this winter wonder mint.

Thinking of the islands and far off warmer places is a good mindset to be in when preparing this treat.  “The Jamaican Coffee”, using an aromatic type of brew like a 100% Kona coffee works well on this recipe. Same 16 oz. glass filled with 1&1/2 oz Meyer’s dark rum, 1&1/2 oz Tia Maria liquor, 12 oz. of the hot Kona coffee and top with fresh whipped cream that is whipped with 1oz. dark Crème de cocoa for extra flavor. This has been my go to hot winter warmer for years, sometimes I have to forgo the fancy whipped cream for the canned kind, but either way it works well.

Don’t expect every bartender to make these recipes the same way if you are ordering them while out, so tell them just how you like it and I am sure they will be happy to make it for you. Best way to make sure you get what you want on that blustering March night, stock up, be ready and make your own. Light the fire and whip up a hot winter warmer and sit back and wait for spring to arrive. That is if winter ever ends!
Chef and Wine Master SWG Albe Galotta