For me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a little something in my coffee on those cold weekend mornings.
Baileys, Amaretto, Drambuie, a little Irish whiskey, or Kahlua.
I haven’t given much credence to the trend of adding flavourings to the liqueurs — why mess with Baileys by adding caramel, right? — but Kahlua has a pair of seasonal offerings that fit well with the holidays.
And, in my opinion, they’re best suited for a coffee or a latte.
Kahlua Gingerbread and Peppermint Mocha blend two holiday favourites with the familiar taste of coffee liqueur.
The makers of both of these products suggest they are both enjoyable on ice, as with Kahlua Original, but offer a couple of nice cocktail suggestions.
For the Gingerbread, there’s the Kahlua Cookie Martini:
1/2 part Kahlua Gingerbread liqueur
1 1/2 parts Absolut Vodka (although I would imagine Belvedere or Smirnoff would work just fine as well)
Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
For the Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate:
Add 2 oz. Peppermint Mocha Kahlua to a tall mug with hot chocolate and garnish with a candy cane.
If the original version is more your speed, you could try an Espresso Martini:
1 1/2 oz. Kahlua
1 oz. good vodka (Absolut or, my favourite, Belvedere)
1 shot of fresh espresso
Add the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
As for the seasonal offerings, while the cocktail suggestions sound tasty, in my opinion they’re both custom-suited for a hot frothy latte.
After all, this is the time of year where coffee shops are promoting both gingerbread lattes and peppermint mochas of the non-alcoholic varieties, it seems fitting to enjoy a more adult version at home.
Should you not have the convenience of a home espresso machine, or even a Tassimo, etc., I’m sure just a plain old coffee could benefit.