Sunday, December 6, 2009

Specialty Coffee Recipes and Fun at the Got Milk? Event


The holidays are here!  One of my absolute favorite treats during the holiday season is the Peppermint Mocha you can get at most coffee shops.  Last week I was invited to a Got Milk? event up on Melrose in West Hollywood.  No way I would miss that event!  Coffee, West Hollywood, Mom Blogger event... perfect combo if you ask me!

We were treated to custom drinks from United States Barista Champion (2007 and 2003) - Heather Perry.  Heather's been featured on the Food Network, the Discovery Channel and is even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for building the world's largest espresso machine!

I have never been much of a "drinker" (except for a glass of wine here or there), so I love the idea of serving custom coffee creations at your next holiday party instead of making alcohol the staple drink.  Drinking and driving is a particular problem during the holidays and by serving non-alcoholic yummy specialty coffees, you may just be saving the lives of your guests or someone else for that matter!  I think it's also a safe bet to say you will be the star of the night if you make some of the recipes below for family and friends

Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Peppermint Mocha Martinis, Tres Leches Lattes, Holiday Frozen Hot Chocolates, Eggnog Lattes and Toffee Mochas were the highlight of the event.  They were all truly delicious and are easy to make at home!

I left the Got Milk? event pleasantly jittery from all the extraordinary coffees we sampled (which was very handy because I went straight to the Chevy Preview ahead of the LA Auto Show).

Below are some of the super yummy recipes we sampled that night (if you'd like some of the others, post a comment saying that and I'll post them separately later this week - I have recipes for all the drinks mentioned above)...


Pumpkin Spice Latte
Ingredients:
2 oz. espresso or strong brewed coffee
2 tbsp. pumpkin pie mix out of the can
8 oz. milk

Directions:
Combine espresso and pumpkin pie and mix well. The nice thing about the pumpkin pie mix is it already has all the spices needed. If you only have canned pumpkin, use 2 tbsp. canned pumpkin, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. nutmeg. Top with warmed milk and enjoy this traditional holiday treat.


Peppermint Mocha Martini
Ingredients:
2 shots espresso or strong brewed coffee
1 tbsp. chocolate syrup
2tbsp. crushed peppermints - divided
1 cup ice

Directions:
Begin by dipping the rim of your martini glass in water, then dip the rim in 1 tbsp. of crushed peppermint. In a martini shaker, place your fresh espresso shots, chocolate and peppermint. Stir until chocolate and peppermint are dissolved. Then add milk and ice and shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass and enjoy this refreshing, minty drink!


Holiday Frozen Hot Chocolate
Ingredients:
8 oz. Milk
2 Tbsp. Powdered Non-Dairy Creamer
3 Tbsp. Powdered Chocolate (use 2 parts sugar- 1 part cocoa powder if you don't have powdered chocolate)
Whipped Cream and Sprinkles

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.


*I was only "compensated" for this post with the yummy drinks mentioned above at the Got Milk? event. 

4 comments:

topmomblog December 6, 2009 at 4:31 PM  

Looks yummy, but I object to the use of martiini without some alcohol content!

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