Ok, so I've missed several Carnivals, and a coupla Chocolate Fridays, but boy, my house sure looks nice and Christmassy. I finished almost all my shopping and I've got the menu almost all planned. Heh. Now all I have to do is sit back and wait for the guests to arrive.
This afternoon I'm experimenting with Christmas coffee flavors to serve said guests upon said arrival. Well, and for myself, of course. Heh.
I bought some of that peppermint flavored creamer to try. Didn't care for it. I tried an eggnog latte at my favorite coffee shop - loved that. LOVED it. I was hoping to find some eggnog flavored non-dairy creamer - for that touch of lactose intolerance that age created - but had no luck. So I just bought a small carton of eggnog, and that's good for a splash. I'll keep the peppermint and offer both to my guests at Christmas.
The best of the best though, which will be served separately in its own pot, is this conconction I call
Chris(tine) Cringle Coffee
Add to french press:
6-8 whole cloves
1 stick cinnamon
3 whole nutmegs
Appropriate teaspoons coffee
Allow to brew for 5 minutes, stirring gently midway through. Remove nuts and cinnamon stick and press. Add 1/2 stick cinnamon to cup, and pour in coffee. Add a dollop of whipped cream if desired. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.
If you're going to use a drip coffee maker, add the cloves, cinnamon and nutmegs to the basket with the coffee grounds. After the coffee is made, remove them, rinse, and add to the carafe so the flavor can continue to be released.
I used a good strong coffee for this, as the cloves add a strong flavor. You need a rich coffee to stand up to the spices. I tried a french roast, and an espresso, and I liked the french roast best. The whole nutmegs added a very light flavor, maybe they need to be cut in half for a stronger flavor, but I preferred it not be overwhelming.