Category Archives: Drinks

What is an Affogato?

Vanilla Caramel Affogato

I’m a coffee lover and one of my favorite coffee-related indulgences is an affogato. An affogato is a treat that is made with just two ingredients: espresso and ice cream. The full name is “affogato al cafe,” which means “drowned in coffee” in Italian, so it should be no surprise to learn that this dessert is made by placing a scoop of gelato in a ... Read More »

How to Make a Pisco Sour

How to Make a Pisco Sour

The pisco sour is a cocktail that features pisco, a type of brandy that comes from Peru and Chile. The colorless spirit is distilled from grapes that come from the large wine-making regions in both Peru and Chile. While most brandies are aged in some kind of oak, one of the rules in pisco production is that it cannot be aged in wood at all. ... Read More »

Easy Eggnog Milkshake

Easy Eggnog Milkshake

I really enjoy eggnog during the holiday season. I often make my own version of the creamy egg-enriched beverage, but there are many great store bought brands out there to choose from if you are looking to save a little time in the kitchen. The quality of store-bought eggnog has definitely improved over the years, as the drink only gets more and more popular. Eggnog ... Read More »

Gingerbread Cookies n’ Cream, a Holiday Cocktail

Gingerbread Season Cocktail

Homemade infused spirits and liqueurs are some of my favorite things to make around the holidays. They’re easy because they’re a very hands-off project (you only need to plan a little extra time for them to age) and they make great gifts for cocktail-loving friends. If you take the time to make your own infusions, you’re going to want to have some cocktail recipes to ... Read More »

Homemade Gingerbread Rum

Homemade Gingerbread Rum

I love making homemade spirit infusions and syrups for cocktails, especially during the holidays. Not only do they make great gifts, but they enable you to make truly unique signature cocktails for any gathering! This gingerbread rum is infused with the flavors of gingerbread. You’ll note that I didn’t call it gingerbread infused rum because I didn’t stuff any cookies into the bottle! The rum ... Read More »

Kahlua Chili Chocolate, reviewed

Kahlua Chili Chocolate, reviewed

Kahlua is a delicious, rum-based coffee liqueur that is excellent for both making cocktails and for baking. The company has launched quite a few seasonal or limited edition options over the years and, since coffee is such a versatile flavor, many of them have been lovely. Their most recent product was Kahlua Chili Chocolate, which infuses their classic coffee base with both spicy chilis and ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: A Trio of Warm Holiday Drinks

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Holiday Drink Trio

I rarely serve hot drinks during the summer outside of coffee (which is with me year round!), but they become a regular part of my own evening routine and my entertaining routine over the fall and winter holiday seasons. Over at the Craftsy blog (it’s free!), I’m sharing a Trio of Warm Holiday Drinks that are the perfect way to treat yourself or a cold ... Read More »

New Belgium Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, reviewed

New Belgium Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, reviewed

While beer can be incorporated into baked goods like beer breadsĀ and even chocolate cakes, beer and baked goods don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. I would say that I see more wine pairings with desserts and spirit-infused baked goods than I do similar pairings with beer. This particular beer, however, brings baked goods to the beer and not the other way around. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ... Read More »

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