Showing posts with label layered drinks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label layered drinks. 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.


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for your investigation?
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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?
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Enjoy!




Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How to Make a Hazelnut Orgasm (drink!) with tips for layering shooters by Cleo Coyle


Coffee and crime, my favorite subjects, are the subjects of today’s post (well, sort of). The coffee involved is coffee liqueur. As for the crime, it involves shooters.


No guns, no bullets, no big bang...but today’s shooters do involve a crime, at least according to serious drinkers. 

You see, a shooter drink implies one should SHOOT the thing back in one giant gulp. The problem? I’m a cheap drunk. When I shoot drinks, I end up under the table. Consequently, I SIP my shooters, so don't be ashamed if you do, too.

Honestly, I grew up watching most adult members of my family sip from their shot glasses. In my father’s Italian-American household, the alcohol was usually anisette, Sambuca, or Amaretto, and the drinks enjoyed with coffee or espresso. I continue the custom in my own house, but I’ve expanded the menulately with drinks inspired by my writing in the Coffeehouse Mysteries. 

And so I give you a few of my favorite digestifs. Whether you shoot them or stir them and sip them, I sincerely hope you will… 
Drink with joy,
~ Cleo





To download the following drink recipes in a free PDF format that you can print, save, or share, click here.







Cleo Coyle,
sipper of shooters,
is author of The
Coffeehouse Mysteries
These sweet, delicious digestifs bring an elegant and relaxing end to a meal, especially with coffee or espresso. The instructions and tips below will help you pour the drink in layers for a pretty presentation. 

TIP: The reason drinks can be layered is Science 101. Certain drinks are heavier in density than others, and a bartender can float the lighter drinks on top of the heavier ones. 

My first layered drink recipe is one I created with Marc, my husband (and partner in crime writing), for our next Coffeehouse Mystery: Billionaire Blend. The drink is, of course, based on the traditional Orgasm shooter.

Hazelnut is a popular flavor in coffeehouse culture, and we’ve married it to coffee liqueur with a splash of hazelnut milk for amazing results. If you can’t find hazelnut milk, almond milk is a good substitute. 



TIP: Because nut milks are thin and light, they make
fantastic and flavorful toppings to layered shots.


TIP: For the home bartender, a measured shot glass
helps with accuracy. If you're not sure where to purchase,
click here to see one of many you can buy online.



Cleo Coyle's
Hazelnut Orgasm

(Layered Shooter)

Makes 1 serving

TIP: Use a tall shot glass to really show off your layers.

Ingredients: Coffee Liqueur (such as Kahlua); Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur); Hazelnut Milk; Whipped Cream; stick of cinnamon or Mexican canela

Method: Fill 1/3rd of your shot glass with Kahlua (1/2 ounce). 

TIP: Place a chilled spoon face down into the glass at an angle. The tip of the spoon should lightly touch the opposite side of the glass. This spoon will diffuse the pouring of the next liquid, reducing the impact and impeding mixing. 

Slowly pour the Frangelico (1/2 ounce) over the top of the chilled spoon. Wait for the Frangelico to settle. Using the same method, slowly pour the Hazelnut Milk (1/2 ounce) over the spoon and into the glass. Wait for the layers to settle, add a spot of whipped cream at the top, and serve with a stick of cinnamon or Mexican canela for the drinker’s option to stir and sip (rather than shoot).

*Variation: Almond Orgasm - replace the hazelnut milk with almond milk and the Frangelico with Amaretto.

To watch my short, little how-to video, 
click the white arrow in the image below...

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As mentioned, you can serve the drink with a cinnamon stick or even a chocolate-covered cinnamon stick. 





To download an easy "how-to" recipe for
making 
chocolate-covered cinnamon sticks, click here.

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Orgasm Shooter (layered)

Makes 1 serving

Here is the traditional drink recipe on which we based our Hazelnut Orgasm. This shooter can be mixed up in a cocktail shaker with ice and strained into the shot glass, or poured in layers right into your glass. Marc and I prefer those pretty layers, which is why we serve the drink in a tall shot glass with a stick of cinnamon or Mexican canela on the side for stirring. Thus, this drink can be "shot" in one gulp or stirred and slowly sipped. 

Ingredients: Coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua); Amaretto; Irish cream (such as Baileys)

Method: Fill one-third of your shot glass with Kahlua (1/2 ounce). Place a chilled spoon down into the glass at an angle. The tip of the spoon should lightly touch the opposite side of the glass. Slowly pour the Amaretto (1/2 ounce) over the top of the chilled spoon, allowing it to trickle into the drink. Wait for the Amaretto to settle. Using the same method, slowly pour the Irish Cream (1/2 ounce) over the spoon and into the drink. (Top it off if you like with extra Irish cream.) Wait for the layers to settle and serve.

*Variation – Add vodka to the top, in equal measure, and you’ve got a Screaming Orgasm.

TIP: The spoon method, which we use, is only one way to slow the pour in a layered drink. To see a bartender's "thumb method," watch this video on YouTube by clicking here.

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Cleo Coyle’s
Cloudy Dream
(Almond)


This is another beautiful layered "sipping shooter" we created for our next Coffeehouse Mystery: Billionaire Blend

(An "M&M" shooter uses Kahlua and Amaretto, but not whipped cream or this layering method. As far as we know, our "Cloudy Dream" is a new invention.)

Ingredients: Coffee Liqueur (such as Kahlua); Whipped Cream (from an aerosol canister or pastry bag); Amaretto; Stick of cinnamon or canela

Method: Fill one-third of a tall shot glass with Kahlua (1/2 ounce). Add whipped cream to the shot glass using an aerosol canister. Do not fill to the top. You must leave some space because the next addition will float the whipped cream higher. (If using homemade whipped cream, use a pastry bag.) Slowly pour 1/2 ounce Amaretto over the top of the whipped cream. Wait for the Amaretto to settle and serve. The drinker can sip the layers of alcohol through the cream or use a stick of cinnamon or canela to stir up the ingredients before drinking.

*Variation: Cloudy Dream (Hazelnut) – substitute Frangelico for the Amaretto and you have the hazelnut version. 


Click the arrow in the window
below to see my little video
on how to pour a Cloudy Dream, and...

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Drink 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.
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Visit my online coffeehouse here.






The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling
works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the
12 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 
To learn more, click here. 
 

The Ghost and
Mrs. McClure


Book #1 of 

The Haunted Bookshop
Mysteries
, which Cleo writes
under the name
Alice Kimberly

To learn more, click here

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If you missed Sunday's Guest Post here at 
Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, be sure to check it out.

Pattie Tierney turned her passion for mystery
into the business of creating wearable literary art,
To read the post and enter the contest
to win gift credit it Pattie's online jewelry store,
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and good luck, everyone! 


~ Cleo