Waking Up to Amazing Coffee on Christmas Morning
There’s probably nothing better than enjoying a warm cup of coffee on Christmas morning, while the kids are opening presents and the snow (with any luck) is falling gently outside. Here are a few recipes guaranteed to get everyone in the family in the Christmas spirit this year around the fireplace, first thing in the morning. Any of the coffee recipes and drinks below work perfectly when you brew up some Paradise Mountain Coffee From Thailand– the most sustainable coffee in the world!
For Mom and Dad – White Chocolate Peppermint Coffee
If you like chocolate and peppermint, you’re sure to love this Christmassy drink found on the This Mama Loves blog. Brew Dunkin’ Donuts White Chocolate Peppermint coffee, froth up your creamer, then pour the coffee over your creamer. And a couple of tablespoons of whipped cream and sprinkle liberally with crushed peppermints and white chocolate chips.
For the Kids – Peppermint Hot Chocolate
If your kids aren’t quite ready for coffee yet, here’s a way they can also enjoy the great tastes of peppermint and chocolate on Christmas morning. The Happy Health Mama blog brings you this recipe: just combine one and a half tablespoons of cocoa powder with one and a half tablespoons of a liquid sweetener, then stir the mixture into a saucepan of a cup of milk that is simmering over medium low heat. Once it’s all steaming hot, add a drop of peppermint extract.
For Aunt Caroline – Coconut Cardamom Spiced Latte
Just because Aunt Caroline has gone vegan doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be able to enjoy a nice hot cup of delicious Christmas coffee. This recipe from Lovers.Coffee shows you the way.
Simply add two cups of soy milk to 1/3 cup of coconut milk and add ½ teaspoon each of ground ginger and ground cardamom. Throw in a pinch of whole cardamom pods, two whole cloves, 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and two tablespoons of maple syrup. Simmer it all on medium in a small sauce pot for fifteen minutes and add two shots of espresso.
For Uncle Joe – Egg Nog Latte
We know that Uncle Joe likes a little kick to his Christmas morning coffee, so the egg nog latte is perfect for him. Here’s a classic Starbucks egg nog latte recipe from Diethood.com.
Stir one to two teaspoons of espresso powder into four ounces of boiling water. Combine ¼ cup of milk, ½ cup of egg nog, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, ½ tablespoon of brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg in a measuring cup and whisk thoroughly.
Microwave the mixture for 90 seconds, whisk again, and then microwave another 30 seconds, or until the milk froths up. Pour the coffee into the mixture while stirring, top with whipped cream, dust with nutmeg and serve.
For Grandma – Gingerbread Spiced Coffee
We know nothing makes grandma happier than the classic smell and taste of gingerbread on Christmas morning, which is why this gingerbread spiced coffee recipe from AllRecipes.com works perfectly.
Mix ½ cup molasses, ¼ cup brown sugar, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger and ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon together until fully blended. Cover and put in the refrigerator for ten minutes. Pour a ¼ cup of your favorite coffee in to a mug, then mix in a tablespoon of the mixture.
Fill the rest of the cup with coffee, stir in half and half and top with whipped cream and a light clove dusting for a spiced coffee with a gingerbread taste that grandma (and everyone else) is sure to love.
[image via: Diethood]