Spike Your Brew

Add a favorite liqueur to your holiday coffee drinks for a special treat. Liqueurs, like other food items, expand the taste profile of some beans more than others. Add Bailey’s Irish Cream to an espresso or dark roast Nicaragua Cafe Diego. Or try Grand Marnier with a full-bodied bean from Columbia. The orange citrus liqueur brings out the sweet cacao notes of the coffee. Another favorite is Frangelico with Ecuador coffee. The soft nutty (hazelnut) flavor of the liqueur carries the coffee flavor from the tip of the tongue to the last lingering sip.

Use sparingly to avoid overwhelming the coffee.

Jim Wilkins