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hot cocoa) with a kick
One of the simplest, tastiest hot drinks you can make involves little
more than adding a splash or two of your favorite liqueur to a fresh
brewed cup of coffee, or a mug of hot cocoa if you prefer. Add up to a
½ oz., to taste, of your favorite sweet dessert liqueur to a mug of
coffee or hot chocolate. Top with real whipped cream.
Good candidates include: Kahlua, Bailey's Irish Crème, Amaretto,
Peppermint Schnapps, Grand Marnier. Add whiskey to your coffee, and you
have an Irish Coffee.
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2 oz. dark rum (substitute gold if you must)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
pat of butter
Combine the rum, sugar and
butter in a warmed mug (not too monstrously big) or thick-walled Irish
coffee glass. Top off with hot (not quite boiling) water, and stir.
Garnish with cinnamon (preferably a stick) and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
As a variation, try substituting maple syrup in place of the brown
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2 oz. whiskey (substitute brandy, dark rum, if desired)
2 teaspoons sugar or honey
4 oz. hot water
Combine all the ingredients in a warmed mug. Add any or several of the following:
2-3 cloves, cinnamon (preferably stick, or a dash or two of the ground
stuff), dash of lemon or orange juice, lemon or orange twist
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