Coffee Inspired Festive Spirit

  • 23rd December 2014
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There’s no doubt that many of us will be celebrating the festive season in a big way and as such we thought it was only right to put forward three of our favourite coffee related drinks - suitable for those who enjoy a festive tipple as well as tea-totallers.

Espresso Martini

Extremely easy to drink, an espresso martini is sure to get any party started!

TOTAL TIME: LESS THAN 5 MINS
MAKES: ONE GLASS

Ingredients

25ml (1fl oz) Kahlúa or Caffé Lolita liqueur
25ml (1fl oz) espresso
50ml (2fl oz) vodka
Coffee beans to garnish (naturally!)

Directions: Simply pour the three ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well, and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a few coffee beans and serve!

TIP: Freshly brewed espresso is vital when making an espresso martini – it won't taste nearly as good without it! For a taste sensation, why not consider using Fairtrade or organic coffee beans.

Peanut-Banana Espresso Smoothie

A delicious milky coffee drink that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

TOTAL TIME: 10 MINS
MAKES: 2

Ingredients
• 1 cup low-fat milk
• 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
• 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
• 1 ripe banana, cut into thirds
• 1 cup ice

Directions: Suitable Blend milk, espresso powder, peanut butter, banana, and ice - easy peasy!

TIP: Why not try crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth for a smoothie with more of a bite.

Piccolo Affogato al Caffe

Drink coffee the Italian way with the Piccolo Affogato al Caffe. This nifty coffee treat works as both a drink and a dessert - genius!

PREP: 10 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 40 MINS
MAKES: 12

Ingredients
• 3 cups vanilla gelato or ice cream
• 2 cups strongly brewed espresso
• Garnish: espresso beans

Directions: Arrange 12 small glasses on a rimmed baking sheet. Fill each with 1/4 cup gelato. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Pour 3 tablespoons espresso over each. Garnish with espresso beans. Serve immediately.

TIP: Why not mix up the flavours even more by swapping vanilla ice cream with hazelnut or using a combination of the two.

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