Go for the Gold Medal Coffee

 

Have you been watching the Olympics?  We love the Olympics.  It is one of the few times that we can see so many different sports and events.  If you could compete in any two events, which would you choose? Craig would choose hockey and downhill skiing. Rhonda would choose figure skating and the half-pipe. As we have watched the coverage night after night, we asked ourselves, “What would be a great beverage to drink while watching the Winter Games?  And by the way, where is Bob Costas?”  While we cannot answer both questions, we do have a great answer for the first.  The  Winter Games drink that takes first place for Pyeongchang is Gold Medal Coffee!  The best part of this drink is that we have both a short program and a long program to offer.

The short program is a little twist on a traditional Irish Coffee. Telling you to drink an Irish coffee for the olympics didn’t really sit well with us, so we had to add a few degrees of difficulty.  Craig just recently discovered coffee. (Where has he been? We don’t know.)  He  has started to make himself a vanilla latte before work each morning. To flatter the new coffee lover in our household, we created Gold Medal Coffee.

How do you make it? It is so easy.  You need 2 ounces of Kerrygold Irish Cream.  Remember we have used Kerrygold in a variety of recipes like, our french toast, and our Kerrygold ice cream?  You need an ounce of Irish whiskey, and half of a cup of hot dark roast coffee.  Pour the Irish cream and the whiskey into a coffee cup, top off with the coffee and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.  Once you take a sip of this delicious coffee, you will hear the Olympic theme song playing and feel as if you are on top of the podium. This is  an excellent after-dinner drink to offer to guests as an alternative to a heavy dessert, and it makes an award-winning brunch beverage, as well.

Now for the long program.  Prepare your coffee. Fill a tall glass with ice, and add 2 ounces of Kerrygold Irish Cream, 1 ounce of Irish whiskey, and 1/2 ounce of Frangelico liqueur.  Top off with coffee.  Add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for garnish. You nailed the landing. Yes!!!

Maximum points earned for execution and artistic interpretation!  You’ve earned the gold.

Gold Medal Coffee

Yield: 1 serving

 Gold Medal Coffee

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of Kerrygold Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce of Irish whiskey
  • half cup of dark roast coffee
  • cinnamon for garnish
  • For Iced Coffee:
  • Add 1/2 ounce of Frangelico liqueur
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Prepare coffee as usual. Add Kerrygold Irish Cream and Irish whiskey to coffee cup. Top off with hot freshly brewed coffee. Sprinkle with cinnamon to garnish.
  2. For iced coffee:
  3. Add above ingredients and Frangelico to a tall glass filled with ice. Top off with coffee. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon.
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To download and print the recipes for these two golden beverages.  Visit our website.

We hope you enjoy Gold Medal Coffee this week while watching our American athletes go for the gold!  We would love to hear what you think.  And if you find out where Bob is, can you let Rhonda know?  She’s been worried that he has another eye infection!

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.

 

Bonus Post: The Love Triangle

the love triangleHey friends, we are bringing you a bonus post this week. The idea of a bonus post was suggested by Rhonda’s friend, Melissa J.  Since there is so much going on — Olympics, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras, we decided to try it out .

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In this post we are sharing a lovely drink that was invented by Rhonda.  Any similarities between this drink and others is purely coincidental.   Because we are releasing this drink idea so close to Valentine’s Day, we lovingly named it The Love Triangle.  We took advantage of garnishing it with heart shaped ice cubes.  However, this drink may not just be a weekend fling.  You may want to keep this sweetheart around for the whole year.

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The Love Triangle is made with a trio of main ingredients: vodka, pomegranate juice and diet ginger ale. (Thus “love triangle”…)  However, your heart won’t be pulled in three directions when you see how many calories are in this cocktail.  Only 88!  Yep, 88 little tiny calories.

So let’s get down to business.  How is this drink made?

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Pour one ounce of vodka, one ounce of pomegranate juice and juice from half of a lime in a rocks glass.  Add ice.  Top off with ginger ale and stir.

After one sweet sip of this drink, you will be torn.  Do you prefer the seductive taste of pomegranate?  Is it the bubbly ginger ale that has you giddy?  Or the smooth taste of the vodka that melts your heart?  You decide.

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The Love Triangle

Yield: 1 serving

 The Love Triangle

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce of vodka
  • 1 ounce of pomegranate juice
  • Juice from half of lime
  • Diet ginger ale

Instructions

  1. Pour vodka, pomegranate juice and lime juice in a rocks glass. Add ice. Top off with diet ginger ale and stir.
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Espresso Your Love

Espresso Fudge

Make this delicious treat with Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur.

Hello, Lovebugs! This week we are sharing an easy and delicious treat you can make for any of the honeys in your life.  This recipe combines two delicious chocolates and the taste of espresso coffee with the only espresso liqueur made from real espresso coffee beans.  We first shared our love of Caffe Borghetti with you when we made Caffe Borghetti PBIF Pie. The hint of espresso coffee intertwined with two kinds of chocolate will have you looking for love in all kinds of places.

We found this recipe on Pinterest from www.insidebrucrewlife.com.  Of course, we put our own Blind Pig twist on it.  We promise, if your sweet ones like fudge they are in for a treat!

Place a layer of wax paper or aluminum foil in a 9×9 inch pan.

Next, place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for bursts of 15-30 seconds.  Remove from the microwave and stir.  Return to microwave again for a short burst. Remove and stir. Continue until the chocolate chips are melted and smooth.

Place a container of chocolate frosting in the microwave for 1 minute.  Pour into chocolate chips and stir until smooth and creamy.  Add 2 ounces of Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur to the chocolate mixture.  Pour mixture into 9×9 inch pan.

We let our chocolate bottom layer cool and rest for about 15 minutes before starting the next layer.

Melt white chocolate chips with the same process as you melted the chocolate chips.  Heat and add white frosting to the white chips. Stir until smooth.  Pour over the top of the chocolate layer.  Let fudge set until firm.  We placed ours in the refrigerator to solidify overnight.

Prior to serving, cut into squares or thin slices.  Store in a sealed container.

Yes, it really is that easy!!

Espresso Fudge

Yield: 50 servings

Espresso Fudge

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of dark chocolate or milk chocolate chips
  • 1- 16 ounce can chocolate frosting
  • 2 cups of white chocolate chips
  • 1 -16 ounce can of vanilla frosting
  • 2 ounces of Caffe' Borghetti Espresso Liqueur

Instructions

  1. Line a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with wax paper or aluminum foil.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl melt milk chocolate chips in 15 - 30 second bursts. Take bowl from microwave. Stir. Continue this process until chips are melted and smooth. Make sure not to overcook.
  3. Remove lid and foil from chocolate frosting can. Place in microwave for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from microwave and pour into melted chips.
  5. Stir until smooth.
  6. Add 2 ounces of Caffe' Borghetti Espresso Liqueur. Stir until smooth.
  7. Pour chocolate mixture into 9 x 9 inch pan. Let set.
  8. Repeat chip melting instructions in another bowl for white chocolate chips.
  9. Heat vanilla frosting in microwave for 1 minute and stir until smooth with melted white chocolate chips.
  10. Pour white chocolate mixture over the top of milk chocolate mixture.
  11. Place in refrigerator overnight.
  12. Cut into 1 inch squares or slice into thin slices. The aluminum or wax paper will aid in removing the fudge easily from the pan.
  13. Serve.
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Classic Boulevardier

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Hey friends.  For those of you who are new to our blog, welcome.  We are glad you stopped by.  To our loyal followers, we hope you have some Beer Brisket cooking in your crockpot for the big game on Sunday night.  This week we are going back to classic cocktails to give you two great ways to make a Boulevardier.

The word boulevardier, according to Webster’s Dictionary, refers to men who were worldly and socially active.  The first boulevardiers got their name from the thoroughfares they frequented: the boulevards of Paris.  Unlike many nicknames, “boulevardier” is generally a complimentary term. It is quite fitting that this term refers to men, because the boulevardier drink is usually a drink that appeals to men over women.  Craig loves Boulevardiers — Rhonda not so much.  They are very alcohol forward, but a great crowd pleaser for those who want a classic cocktail vibe.

Here’s how we make ours.  We made a large batch for a party that we hosted.  We started it two weeks prior to the party, so the flavors had plenty of time to blend and mature prior to serving.

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Templeton Rye, Carpano Antica Formula, and Campari are needed to make a Classic Boulevardier.

We used our infusion barrel.  Prior to using a barrel like this, make sure to fill it and soak it in water for a few hours.  You want the wood to expand and seal against itself.  Otherwise, you will have your drink leaking everywhere, and you don’t want that!

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We filled the barrel with 1 liter of Templeton Rye Whiskey.  Rye whiskey is a key ingredient in a Classic Boulevardier.  You don’t want any whiskey other than rye.  Next add 1 liter of Carpano Antica Formula.  We shared Carpano Antica with you back when we made our Sangria. Next add 750 milliliters of Campari, and finally add in about a teaspoon of Angostura bitters.

Most barrels do not have large openings, so make sure you have a funnel handy for pouring the liquor.  You can also use the funnel pour spouts like we have in the photos.  After two weeks, pour in a rocks glass and serve with a single large cube of ice. Sip slowly and enjoy.

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Classic Boulevardier

Want to try the drink, but don’t want to make a large batch?  We have the single serve recipe here.

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Classic Boulevardier

  • 1 ounce Carpano Antica Formula
  • 1 ounce Templeton Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4  ounce of Campari
  • dash of Angostura Bitters

Stir and pour into a rocks glass.  Serve.

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