Showing posts with label Eggnog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eggnog. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How to Make an Easy Layered Eggnog Latte Cocktail plus Read Our Culinary Crime Files!


Here's a quick-and-easy lesson in making a beautiful eggnog latte cocktail for the holiday season, perfect for helping us celebrate our brand new mystery releases!  

Don't miss the fun of reviewing our Culinary Crime Files following my recipe. And may your holidays be bright!

~ Cleo



Cleo Coyle's Chilly, Creamy,
Layered Eggnog Latte Cocktail

Ingredients:

Chilled Eggnog
Chilled Kahlua (or make your own coffee liqueur)*
Cold Whipped Cream
Ground Nutmeg
Cinnamon Stick

*Get my recipe to make your own Kahlua in Billionaire Blend.

Directions: 

(1) Start with a pretty, clear glass for presentation. A stemless snifter, stemless wine glass, or clear tumbler will work nicely.

(2) Pour in a few fingers of Kahlua (or your favorite coffee liqueur), enough to give you a thick visual layer.



(3) Tilt the glass and position the spout of the eggnog carton against the rim, as shown. (If using homemade eggnog, place it in a container with a spout, such as a glass measuring cup.)

(4) Pour in the eggnog very slowly, as shown. Use the side of the glass to slow the pour even more and prevent it from mixing with the Kahlua.



(5) Because eggnog is made with cream, it's lighter in density than the Kahlua, which is why it will float. Continue pouring until you have a nice, visible layer. 



How thick a layer of eggnog is up to your own taste. I like my eggnog layer to resemble the head on a dark beer--or the crema on a freshly pulled espresso.



(6) Finish with a festive shot of whipped cream, a sprinkling of ground nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick.



Get 3 More Layered Drink Recipes...





For more layered drink recipes and
additional tips and tricks on layering 
drinks (including 2 how-to videos), 


Mystery Lovers' Kitchen's

New Release


CULINARY CRIME FILES!







CRIME FILE #1

SUBJECT: Krista Davis

GUILTY OF: Giving up the Ghost 

IN BRIEF: This is the spirited sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Murder, She Barked, which kicked off Krista's terrific new Paws and Claws Mystery series...



The Story: Wagtail, Virginia, the top pet-friendly getaway in the United States, is gearing up for a howling good Halloween—until a spooky murder shakes the town to its core...

Holly Miller doesn’t believe in spirits, but the Sugar Maple Inn is filled with guests who do. The TV series in development, Apparition Apprehenders, has descended on Wagtail’s annual Halloween festivities to investigate supernatural local legends, and Holly has her hands full showing the ghost hunters a scary-fun time. 


But the frights turn real when Holly’s Jack Russell, Trixie, and kitten, Twinkletoes, find a young woman drowned in the Wagtail Springs Hotel’s bathhouse—the spot of the town’s most infamous haunting. The crime scene is eerily similar to the creepy legend, convincing Holly that the death wasn’t just accidental. Now she’ll have to race to catcha flesh-and-blood killer—before someone else in town gives up the ghost. Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!

ALL UNITS, APB: Krista is also guilty of writing the New York Times bestselling Domestic Diva Mysteries





Need More Data
for your investigation?
Visit Krista's website






CRIME FILE #2

SUBJECT: Lucy Burdette

GUILTY OF: Turning up the Heat 

IN BRIEF: The fifth delightful book in Lucy's wonderful Key West Food Critic Mysteries, the only snow in Key West this Christmas is Hayley Snow, food critic for Key Zest magazine, who is not getting time off for the holiday…...or time off from murder!



The Story: It may be Christmastime, but thoughts of peace on earth, good will toward men, don’t seem to extend to the restaurant biz. Hayley has been assigned to interview Edel Waugh, chef/owner of Key West’s hottest new restaurant. But off the record, Edel reveals someone’s sabotaging her kitchen and asks Hayley to investigate.

Things heat up fast when the restaurant is set on fire—and a body is discovered in the charred wreckage. Is someone out to destroy the chef’s business—or actually kill her? Amid holiday festivities like the lighted boat parade and visiting relatives who stir up mixed emotions, Hayley needs to smoke out an arsonist and a killer who may turn up the heat on her next…. Includes recipes!


ALL UNITS, APB: Lucy Burdette is an alias for author and clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib, who also writes the Advice Column Mysteries.


Need More Data 
for your investigation?
Visit Lucy's website 








CRIME FILE #3
SUBJECT: Cleo Coyle
GUILTY OF: Brewing Up Murder
IN BRIEF: 
From the New York Times bestselling author of Billionaire Blend comes an enchanting new entry in the "satisfyingly rich" Coffeehouse Mystery series.






The Story: Fairy tale fever has descended on New York City. Broadway fans are flocking to Red Riding Hood: The Musical; museums are exhibiting art inspired by the Brothers Grimm; and Clare Cosi and her merry band of baristas give their coffee truck a "Jack and the Beanstalk" makeover for a Central Park festival. Clare's coffee hunter ex-husband contributes a bag of African beans with alleged magical properties. His octogenarian mother entertains customers with readings of the grinds, but Clare remains skeptical--until she receives a vision that helps her find a young model's body in the park's woods.

The police dismiss "sleeping beauty" as the victim of a drug overdose. Then Clare uncovers evidence that points to a list of suspects--from a New York Giant to quite a few wicked witches--and a cold case murder that reaches back to the Cold War. Now Clare is really in the woods with a dangerous predator on her heels and an investigation that leads from a secret Prince Charming Club right back to her own NYPD detective boyfriend. If she doesn't solve this mystery, those magic beans predict an unhappy ending. Includes wicked good recipes!

ALL UNITS, APB: Cleo's partner in crime-writing is her husband, Marc Cerasini. Together they are guilty of writing a second popular series called The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. 

Need More Data 
for your investigation?
Visit Cleo's website 





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Enjoy!




Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Chilly, Creamy Eggnog Latte Cocktail for a Happy New Year and #bookgiveaway fun from Cleo Coyle



You can drink this creamy, chilly
Eggnog Latte cocktail two ways.

When you tilt and sip the drink, magic happens.
The heavier density Kahlua flows through the layers of eggnog, whipped cream and nutmeg, pulling all of those flavors into your mouth for an amazing drink.

Or...

You can use the cinnamon stick to stir the drink
(after admiring the pretty layers) and enjoy
the cocktail that way.

Either way, it's heavenly!

"Make Your Own Kahlua,"
one of the many recipes in
Billionaire BlendClick here
to download the free Recipe
Guide in PDF form.

The flavor of coffee in this "Eggnog Latte" cocktail comes from Kahluaa rum-based coffee liqueur that's rich, sweet, and smooth.

Make Your Own Kahlua

Did you know you can make your own coffee liqueur? It's actually a very easy and fun process. 

For those of you reading my new culinary mystery, Billionaire Blend, you can find my favorite recipe for homemade Kahlua in the back of the book. 

(Click here to download a free guide to the book's recipe section. A thumbnail image of its cover is pictured to the right.)





Now let's start making our
New Year Happy...


Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse
Mysteries


Cleo's Chilly, Creamy 
Eggnog Latte Cocktail

Ingredients:

Chilled Eggnog
Chilled Kahlua (or make your own coffee liqueur)*
Cold Whipped Cream
Ground Nutmeg
Cinnamon Stick

*As mentioned, you can find a recipe to make your own Kahlua in Billionaire Blend.

Directions: 

(1) Start with a pretty, clear glass for presentation. A stemless snifter, stemless wine glass, or clear tumbler will work nicely.

(2) Pour in a few fingers of Kahlua (or your favorite coffee liqueur), enough to give you a thick visual layer.



(3) Tilt the glass and position the spout of the eggnog carton against the rim, as shown. (If using homemade eggnog, place it in a container with a spout, such as a glass measuring cup.)

(4) Pour in the eggnog very slowly, as shown. Use the side of the glass to slow the pour even more and prevent it from mixing with the Kahlua.



(5) Because eggnog is made with cream, it's lighter in density than the Kahlua, which is why it will float. Continue pouring until you have a nice, visible layer. 



How thick a layer of eggnog is up to your own taste. I like my eggnog layer to resemble the head on a dark beer--or the crema on a freshly pulled espresso.



(6) Finish with a festive shot of whipped cream, a sprinkling of ground nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick.



Get 3 More Layered Drink Recipes...

For more layered drink recipes and
additional tips and tricks on
layering drinks
(including 2 how-to videos),

click here



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Happy
New Year!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
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Visit my online coffeehouse here.







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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How to Make Glazed Eggnog Muffins + a #bookgiveaway from mystery author Cleo Coyle


'Tis the season for eggnog! This classic holiday flavor is one of my favorites, and Marc's, too. (If you're new to this blog, Marc is not only my husband, but also my partner in crime writing.) 


http://cleocoylebooks.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/13-billionaire-blend/
Billionaire Blend,
now an official
national bestseller in
hardcover.
Billionaire Blend is the newest entry in our long-running Coffeehouse Mystery series. It was released earlier this month to a Starred Review from Kirkus, a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews, and is now officially a Top-10 national bestseller in hardcover** (huzzah!). 

**B&N, Nielsen Bookscan, and (for the first time), Baker & Taylor!

I'm guest blogging about the book with a fun contest at Dru's Book Musings this week.


Scroll to the end of this recipe
for the link to the contest...




Now Back to the Food!

Today's recipe is the second eggnog muffin I've shared with readers. The first was in last year's "holiday special" Coffeehouse Mystery, HOLIDAY BUZZ. You'll find the recipe (pictured below) in the recipe section of that book...



Eggnog Crumb Muffins from
Holiday Buzz: A Coffeehouse Mystery

http://www.coffeehousemysteries.com/userfiles/file/Holiday-Buzz-Recipes_Cleo-Coyle.pdf
To see the many festive recipes
featured in Holiday Buzz,
click here.

The crumb muffin (above) is a very tasty "from scratch" version. Today's muffin is a quick-and-easy large batch recipe with a cake mix starter and a delicious eggnog glaze. It's just as tender and tasty as the scratch version and just as eggnoggy (yes, I made up that word).

Both muffins are delicious and festive. Whichever way you make them, I hope you will bake them with love and eat them with (holiday) joy!

~ Cleo




Cleo Coyle, baker of
"eggnoggy" muffins is author
 of The Coffeehouse Mysteries
Cleo Coyle's
Eggnog Muffins


In Holiday Buzz, I describe these muffins and how they came about...

During her years raising her daughter alone in New Jersey, my amateur sleuth, Greenwich Village coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, created this easy "cake mix" recipe for her In the Kitchen with Clare column. The recipe produces tender and delicious breakfast or coffee break treats with the seasonal flavors of eggnog, nutmeg, and (if you like) even a spirited splash of rum. The eggnog glaze puts a lovely finish on each muffin, boosting the flavor while dressing them up for your Season's eatings. Enjoy! ~ Cleo 


For a free PDF of this recipe that you can print, save, or share, click here


Makes 24 muffins

One Yellow Cake Mix (Butter Recipe)

1-1/2 cups Eggnog

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

3 large eggs, lightly beaten with fork

1-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon table salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Optional addition: 1 tsp. rum extract or 1 Tbsp. dark rum

Directions: Using an electric mixer, blend eggnog, butter, eggs, salt, vanilla, (and rum, if adding) in a large bowl. Once blended, add the cake mix and beat at medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes. Line muffin tins with paper liners, divide batter among them. Bake for 20 minutes in a well-preheated 350° F oven. Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted into the center of a test muffin comes out with no wet batter clinging to it. Remove from oven. Allow to cool and dip tops into eggnog glaze (as shown below). 

Cleo's Eggnog Glaze

In a saucepan warm 1/2 cup eggnog and 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) over low heat. Do not allow this mixture to boil! If it does, you may get a scorched taste in your glaze. When butter is just melted, stir in (about) 3-1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar. I also like to add in 1/2 teaspoon rum extract. If you really like rum, you may want to increase this amount; if you dislike rum, leave out the extract. 


Keep stirring until the sugar is melted and a smooth glaze forms. If you did not sift the sugar, you may need to whisk the glaze to smooth out any clumping. If the gaze seems too loose, add more confectioners’ sugar, if it’s too thick, spoon in a bit more eggnog until you get the consistency you like. Test on a plate. The glaze should drizzle easily off the spoon but harden fairly quickly once it cools on the plate. 


Dip the tops of each muffin into the glaze as shown in my photos. Remember that the glaze is hot! So watch your fingers. Finish with an optional sprinkling of Nutmeg Sugar before the glaze hardens.

NUTMEG SUGAR: Whisk together 1/4 cup granulated sugar and ½ teaspoon nutmeg. Sprinkle over freshly glazed eggnog muffins.






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"Top Pick" ~ RT Book Reviews


"...a highly satisfying mystery."
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Read with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
Friend me on facebook here.
Follow me on twitter here
Visit my online coffeehouse here.







To view the
Coffeehouse Mystery
book trailer, click here.
 






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