1: MOCHA COFFEE SODAS FOR TWO:
- 8 ounces of strong black, cold coffee
- 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream
- 8 ounces of cold seltzer water
- 2 large scoops of premium chocolate ice cream
- Milk or dark chocolate shavings and chocolate curls – I used Godiva Milk Chocolate
- Pour 4 ounces of coffee into in two tall, chilled glasses.
- Add 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to each glass; stir gently.
- Add 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream to each glass.
- Pour 4 ounces of seltzer water into each glass and stir.
- Place a large scoop of chocolate ice cream into each glass. Fill with additional seltzer water to top of glass.
- Garnish top of each soda with chocolate shavings and curls.
2: Coffee & Chocolate Mousse
- Dark chocolate 200g - use a good quality dark choc you'd eat
- Thickened cream 300ml + extra cream for garnish
- 3 eggs
- About 2tbsp caster sugar
- Shot of espresso coffee
- Dash of vinegar
- Pinch of salt
- Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs, put the whites in a bowl and the yolks in a cup.
- Break up the chocolate and melt in a glass bowl over simmering water (a bain marie) or in the microwave.
- Beat the egg whites, adding the sugar slowly as you go until you get stiff peaks. Add a dash of white vinegar and a pinch of salt early on before you add the sugar to help with the mix.
- Add the coffee to the cream then beat the cream until it thickens and is a similar consistency to the egg whites.
- Pour one egg yolk into the chocolate at a time and mix quickly with a spoon. The chocolate will go very hard at this point - don't give up!
- Mix the first ¼ of the cream into the chocolate and combine thoroughly but gently.
- Continue adding the cream to the chocolate in small batches until all combined.
- Very very gently fold the egg whites into the mix a bit at a time. You want the mix to stay light and fluffy.
- Carefully spoon into coffee cups, cover with cling wrap and pop them in the fridge for at least an hour and a half. If you have the willpower, anything over four hours will give you the best results.
- To serve, whip up some extra cream and spoon it over the mousse to create a cappuccino-like froth layer. Garnish with grated chocolate and eat with a tiny coffee spoon!
3: CARAMEL COFFEE
Just by reading it, you would know it is going to taste fantastic as this drink is a combination of the two most liked things; coffee and caramel.
Milk – 1 and half cups
Hot water – 1 cup
Instant coffee – 4 tbsp
Caramel syrup – ½ cup
You can either use a readymade version of caramel syrup, or you can even make it on your own by following this simple recipe.
Brown sugar – 1 packet
Unsalted butter – 4 tbsp
Vanilla extract – 1tsp
Heavy cream – ½ cup
For caramel, add sugar and cream to a sauce pan and strictly use a wooden spoon to mix them together. Then add butter to it, and wait until the butter has melted, stirring continuously. Add a pinch of salt to it. Then remove it off the stove and add vanilla extract. It can crystallize easily so make sure you only use a wooden spoon.
To make the coffee, combine water and milk in a sauce pan over medium heat. Then add instant coffee to it and stir it for a while. Pour that in to a cup and then add two spoons of caramel sauce to each cup. This doesn’t necessarily need sugar, but if you like a more sweet taste then you can add it. Garnish with some whipped cream, add more sauce and coffee over it.
4: HOT CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW COFFEE
Fusion of the two most popular winter picks; hot chocolate with coffee! This is surely going to leave you wanting for more.
Freshly brewed coffee – ½ a cup
Hot chocolate powder – 4 tbsp
Milk – 2 cups
Mix the milk with coffee on a heated stove. Then add hot chocolate powder to it and mix it further for two minutes. Pour it in a cup and use marshmallow whip for garnishing. Pour some coffee powder or hot chocolate powder on top of the marshmallow whip and serve it hot!
5: BUTTERSCOTCH COFFEE
For this amazing coffee treat you are going to need the following.
Milk – 2 cups
Hot water – 1 cup
Instant coffee – 4 tsp
Butterscotch syrup – 3 tbsp
Heat the milk and add water to it. Before it boils, add coffee to it. Then remove it off the stove and add the butter scotch syrup. You don’t necessarily need to add sugar to it because butterscotch syrup would provide you with all the sweetness. Pour it into a large coffee mug and then pour some whipped cream on top. You can even cut pieces of toffee and add to the garnish.
These variations of coffee are all easily made and would also be very much on the budget for most of the people. So enjoy the winters as you sip-away these hot drinks!