Showing posts with label Baileys Irish Cream. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baileys Irish Cream. Show all posts

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Serving Spirits for the Holidays? Jack Shepard, PI Ghost, offers himself and Irish Coffee via Cleo Coyle

Something spooked our scheduled guest today, so we asked a good friend of ours to step in. Meet Jack Shepard, the hardboiled PI star of our Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

Take it away, Jack!

~ Cleo Coyle


Jack Shepard will be right over...

Jack: Hello Guys and Dolls, had enough turkey yet? Or maybe you’re just tired of sitting around the dining room table with a bunch of turkeys? 

Cleo: Hey, Jack, watch the attitude. And remember what I told you about your language. This blog is G-rated. Keep it clean.

Jack: Okey-doke, doll. I'll do my best.
If your audience is serving spirits this holiday season, I'll be right over. I've got a recipe for them, too. It's a nice warm drop for a cold winter's night . . . or afternoon...

The view from Cleo's
window in Queens, New York

Cleo: I'm listening, Jack. So what is this "warm drop" for a cold winter's night?

Jack: Irish Coffee, doll. Didn't you read the headline? Hey, wait a minute, there's coffee in it, so it's a breakfast beverage, too, right? 

Cleo: Irish Coffee for breakfast? I don't know...

Jack: My gal pal, Penelope McClure (that's "Pen" for short), you remember her, don't you? She owns Buy The Book, that quaint little shop in Quindicott, RI, that I like to haunt . . . anyway Pen calls this drink the "breakfast of champions for the film noir" set. 

Cleo: Did you actually type film noir, Jack? I can't believe it. Don't you have a problem with that term.

Jack: Don't remind me. And don't get me started on a flock of over-educated critics giving a French name to a bunch of B-movies that couldn't afford color. This 21st Century of yours is a circus with one too many clowns. Why I stick around for this silliness, you tell me.

Cleo: I will, Jack, and her name is Pen.

Jack: No comment. But I will present Pen's question for the ages: Does Film Noir Have a Drinking Problem? You decide...

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They Drink by Night

"Does Film Noir Have a Drinking Problem?"

Click the arrow in the window above
to watch the video. What's that?
You don't see a window above?
How about a door? Kidding, kidding...

You can also watch the video
on YouTube by
clicking here.

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Baileys Irish Coffee with Irish Whiskey

Courtesy Jack Shepard, PI, and Baileys


2 ounces Baileys® Original Irish Cream

6 ounces freshly-brewed hot joe

1 ounce Irish whiskey

Whipped Cream (optional, unless you're a dame)

Jack's Directions: Combine Baileys, coffee, whiskey, top with whipped cream (if you're a dame) and enjoy.

Oh, yeah. The scribblers tell me that the Baileys people are hawking other flavors. You dolls might like 'em. Me? I'll stick to the original and Jameson, thanks.

Love, Jack

Friend or Follow Jack Shepard on Facebook
clicking here. He doesn't Tweet yet, but give him time (he has plenty of it, an eternity actually).

Cleo: Thanks for stepping in today, Jack. I appreciate it. As it happens, I kind of like those other Baileys flavors! Not all are available in the USA, but the list includes Hazelnut, Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Coffee, Vanilla Cinnamon, Orange Truffle, Biscotti, and the newest one is Chocolate Cherry.

To learn more about Jack Shepard, PI Ghost,
and his Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, click here.

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with mini plot summaries, 
by clicking here.

Cleo: Any parting thoughts, Jack?
Or should I say departing?

Jack: Now who's being a wiseacre?

Cleo: What is it you always tell Pen?

"I'll see you in your dreams."
~ Love, Jack

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Learn more about Jack Shepard, 
our PI ghost by clicking here. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Billionaire Icing Recipe, #BookGiveaway and a Cozy Tour of New York City via Cleo Coyle #NYC #Coffee

We're celebrating with our readers this week!

Our 13th Coffeehouse Mystery, Billionaire Blend, a bestseller in hardcover, is now on sale in its mass market paperback edition, and we hope you enjoy the book. 

As most of our readers know, Cleo Coyle is the pseudonym I use for the long-running Coffeehouse Mystery series, and my partner in crime-writing is my husband, Marc.

We both invite you to join us on...

A Cozy Tour of New York City!

You'll not only visit some favorite landmarks (of the city and our series), you'll have a chance to win
a lovely prize package of...

* Premium coffee (actor Hugh Jackman’s favorite), 

* Gimme Coffee latte cup (made in Italy), and...

* Signed copy of Billionaire Blend in its new paperback format.

To go on our tour with us
at the "Escape with Dollycas" blog, 

As for today’s recipe, it’s an easy one, inspired by a spirited ingredient...

Cleo's "Billionaire"

For a long time, Baileys Irish Cream was far from trendy. It was tasty, sure, but something "Granddad" poured into his morning coffee. Not so any longer. 

This wonderful product made with aged Irish Whiskey and real Irish cream (from real Irish cows) has made a delicious comeback.

The array of flavors Baileys now comes in makes a simple buttercream frosting recipe (like the one I use below) even more versatile. Here are the possible flavors to get your culinary (and cocktail-making) motor in gear...

Baileys Original * Mint Chocolate 
Crème Caramel * Coffee * Hazelnut 
Biscotti * Orange * Truffle 
Vanilla * Cinnamon * Chocolate

Why do I call today's icing recipe "Billionaire" buttercream? Because it makes plain old cakes, cupcakes, and cookies taste like a billion bucks. (And, yes, it also happened to be one of many bonus recipes from Billionaire Blend.)

If you're short on time, use a simple yellow cake mix, but whip up this icing from scratch. The icing brings the party and the flavor. And the flavor is a delight. 

Makes about 2 cups of icing,
enough to frost a two‑layer cake 
or 24 cupcakes


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

2 Tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions: Using an electric mixer, cream softened butter. Add Irish Cream, vanilla extract, and 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Beat until sugar is dissolved. Scrape down bowl, add 2nd cup of sugar, and beat again. Add final cup of sugar, and beat until smooth. If icing is stiff, add a bit more Irish Cream, beat again. Store in an airtight plastic container in your refrigerator. Or frost your cakes, cupcakes, or cookies, and....

Eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
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The hardcover
bestseller is now in

*Starred Review ~ Kirkus
"Top Pick" ~ RT Book Reviews
"A highly satisfying mystery" - PW

Billionaire Blend
A Coffeehouse Mystery

This culinary murder mystery features
more than 30 delicious recipes, including
secret "off the menu" coffee drinks.
Read (and eat) with joy!


The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling
amateur sleuth murder mysteries set in a landmark
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the
14 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 

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