Thirsty Thursday: Keoke Coffee

keoke coffee

This is a pretty indulgent drink. It’s not overly heavy, just rich. The coffee and the liquors definitely make a for a full-bodied combination. It’s a drink that you need to take your time with. I think it would make a nice substitute for dessert after a big meal or a fancier nightcap. I could definitely imagine serving this after a dinner party so everyone can hangout and chat a bit longer.

I served mine iced, only because I don’t like hot drinks (weird I know). I threw in 2 heaping teaspoons of decaf instant coffee into a cocktail shaker and added in the alcohol and shook, shook, shook. I then poured it into a mason jar, added a big handful of ice and topped with a bit of whipped cream.

Keoke Coffee
(This is for a 32 ounce mason jar sized coffee, I would cut it in half to fit a normal glass)

  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 2 ounces Kahlúa
  • 2 ounces crème de cacao
  • 16 ounces coffee
  • whipped cream
Combine the first four ingredients and mix together. Top with whipped cream.


Sunday Summary: October 2, 2011

How the heck is it October already? Rude. This week was a good week. It was kinda sad too, but that’s a story for another time and place.

Focusing on the good:

  • I got to hang out with my best friend. We went to CBTL. Large, decaf, iced Americano. I live on the edge folks.
  • My blog got featured on Saveur! NBD. My reaction was something like this. Totally played it cool.
  • Vladmir Putin decided to run for president again. 12 more years of Vlad! It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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Thirsty Thursday: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

So, I’ve never had a Pumpkin Spice Latte, which apparently means my life is not complete. There are several reasons for this, mainly I don’t like pumpkin or sweet coffee drinks or Starbucks (Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is better. That’s just a fact.) and pumpkin flavored things are just not that popular in the various parts of the world I have found myself over the last few autumns.

I set about righting this apparent problem by making my own pumpkin spice latte at home. I made my own pumpkin pie spice.  I followed this recipe from The Kitchn. All the comments, even the title of the article claimed it tasted just like Starbucks. Seemed like a pretty safe bet.

I have to admit I was definitely less than impressed. It just tasted like cinnamon-y milk with a vague coffee aftertaste. No pumpkin and despite the 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of vanilla, no real sweetness either. The end result was just kinda meh. Maybe if pumpkin lattes are more your ‘thing’, you might enjoy this a little more than I did, but I was a bit let down.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee)

In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don’t have a blender, don’t worry about it – just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.

Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Add the espresso on top.

Optional: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.