drink recipe

Spice Up Your Holidays With Coffee

So much cooking and baking goes on around the holidays. I just love this time of the year. While I’m feeling all festive, I also like to fill my coffee mug with some holiday cheer. Here is my favorite recipe.

You will need 1/3 cup ground coffee, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 cup of orange marmalade and, of course, cold water to put into your coffee maker (I generally make 3 cups).

Mix your ground coffee, cloves and cinnamon together and place them in a coffee filter. Put your orange marmalade straight into the coffee pot. It will melt when the hot brew comes through and will fill your coffee with orange delight-fulness:) Just to make sure your marmalade is blended properly stir your brewed pot before enjoying.

So what are your holiday coffee drink specials? I’d love to know!!

Gingerbread Syrup : Buy It or Make It Yourself

The fall season is closing in on us and so are the holidays. Don’t you wish you could make all those seasonal coffee drinks you love, all by yourself?

I love ginger bread, gingerbread syrup, and all the yummy things you can make with it. Obviously, I generally intend it for my coffee drinks. Here is a simple recipe you can follow to make a tasty gingerbread syrup yourself saving you both time to go buy it and of course, money. Enjoy!

Gingerbread Syrup

1 1/2 cups water
1 cup fine granulated sugar (bakers sugar is great for this)
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

* Combine the water, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla in a small to medium saucepan. Medium is probably better since the syrup could boil over the top.

* Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. When done, pour into a melt-proof container and let cool. It will thicken a bit more once cooled.

Use in your favorite gingerbread recipe or coffee drink. See Starbucks style Gingerbread Latte recipe to follow.

If you do not want to make it yourself, here is a great syrup that will certainly do the trick.

Or for those who love sugar-free syrups, try:

image credit: © What I Love..

Coffee Recipe: Exotic Island Coconut Freeze

Exotic Island Coconut Freeze

* 2 tb Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
* 1/2 cup half and half or whole milk (Silk vanilla flavor works well for those who do not drink milk)
* 1 tsp Hershy’s Special Dark or Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Syrup
* 2 shots espresso
* 1 tb sugar
* 1/8 tsp banana flavoring if wanted (just adds a hint of banana and is actually very good)
* pinch of shredded coconut
* 1 cup ice

Quite Simple Directions:

Be sure to let espresso cool before putting it into the blender. All ingredients will be placed into the blender and blended until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream if desired. Also, drizzle dark chocolate for an added delight. Don’t forget to sprinkle the coconut shaves on top. Very simple recipe that is absolutely dreamy and delicious!

Note about product links: I only include links to products for my recipes that I find to be superior to any other. On the cream of coconut… you can get a less expensive brand but you’re going to know it once you taste it. Sort-of kills the fantastic flavor of this fine coffee drink.

You may substitute the espresso with 1/4 cup extremely strong coffee or 1 tb dark roast instant coffe though you will not get the premium flavor with the substitutions.

An original © 2008 recipe by: Audrey the Coffee Sage

Coffee Recipe : Thai Iced Coffee

Coffee Recipe for Thai Iced CoffeeI found this recipe for Thai Iced Coffee over at : CoffeeRecipes.com and though I have not tried it, I found it to sound very interesting. Maybe you will be able to try it before I do. Isn’t the photo pretty? Evidently the espresso was poured first in the image. Lovely drink.

Thai Iced Coffee

* In a tall, slender high ball glass add crushed ice (about 1/3 of the way).
* In a separate glass, fill with 2 oz sweetened condensed milk.
* Pour 2-3 oz cold espresso (depending upon strength you like) over the sweeten condensed milk (coffee sits on the top as a layer).
* Stir with a spoon until well blended.
* Pour over the ice in the other glass.

Think about adding vanilla or some other flavoring such as cinnamon for a different spin.

You should make the espresso long enough ahead so that it has cooled. Place it in the fridge the day before if you’d like.

Copy Cat Recipe for: Cinnabon’s Mochalatta Chill

Cinnabon's Mochalatte Chill recipe Here is a copy cat recipe (tried and tested by me) that I feel is about as close to Cinnabon’s Mochalatte Chill as one may get without having the ‘real deal recipe’.


1 cup brewed coffee, chilled (espresso shot is always best)
1/2 cup dark chocolate syrup or melted dark chocolate squares/chips
1/4 cup shaved dark chocolate squares or mini chips
1 cup half and half (2% for a lower in fat drink)
whipped cream or light dairy whipped topping
drizzle bottle with dark chocolate syrup inside to go over whipped topping

Combine all ingredients except whipped cream in a small container and stir well or use a small hand whip to make it even better. Place ice in two 16 ounce glasses; top with whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup. You may also wish to try using a blender and crushing the ice with the Mochalatta mixture. Yum yum.

This is a copy-cat recipe developed by me ( © coffeesage.com ) but holds no claim to the Mochalatta Chill name nor is attempting any copyright infringement.

“Christmas” Coffee by: coffeesage.com

Christmas Coffee

1/2 pot of coffee (5-6 cup equivalent)
1/3 cup sugar (use a very fine granule)
1/2 package semi-sweet bakers chocolate (melted)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
whipping cream for topping (optional)
5-6 candy canes (optional)

Prepare your coffee.

In a medium sauce pan, melt chocolate. Add sugar, nutmeg, cocoa, and cinnamon. Stir constantly until steaming.

Combine coffee and chocolate spice mix. Pour into medium size coffee mugs and top with whipped cream. For added appeal, stick a candy cane in the cup of yummy liquid.

Note: You may want to adjust the amount of your spices. Different tastes for different folks, you know.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Other Holiday Treat Recipes:
Audrey’s Holiday Peppermint Mocha
Pumpkin Spice Latte

Cherry Vanilla Frappé

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Cherry Vanilla Frappé


1 cup fresh-brewed coffee
3 large scoops Vanilla Bean ice cream
4 tbsp cherry syrup or 1 cup maraschino cherries
2 tbsp. sugar
1 cup ice cubes


Blend ice cream, sugar and syrup (or cherries) until just blended. Add the coffee and ice cubes (at the same time) and blend on highest speed until ice is finely crushed and mixture is well blended. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and a cherry. Top with vanilla sprinkles you can purchase from a quality coffee supply shop. (makes four servings)

Tip: if you will used chilled glasses, it will enhance the Frappé!

© An original coffee recipe from coffeesage.com

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Audrey’s Holiday Peppermint Mocha

Audrey’s Holiday Peppermint Mocha

1 espresso shot

1 square (1 oz.) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate

1/2 tsp. x-fine sugar is desired… taste first for sweetness

3/4 cup steamed or hot half and half

1/2 tsp. peppermint syrup.
note: do not use extract if you do not have to. It is too bitter and leaves a horrible after taste

1 peppermint stick

POUR espresso into small saucepan. Add chocolate; cook on low heat 5 min. or until chocolate is melted, stirring occasionally.

Add half and half, peppermint syrup and stir until well blended. Garnish each serving with a peppermint stick.

a © coffeesage recipe

Holiday Drink Recipe Fixins

I compiled a list on an Amazon Store of items you need to make your holiday drinks and recipes I’ve included on here. I hope it will make it easier for you to find those pumpkin and egg nog items. Here is the link:

Holiday Drink Fixins


Carnival of the Recipes (Halloween Edition) is up

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Some of the tasty treats include:

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They sound so scrumptious!