Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How to Make an Easy Layered Eggnog Latte Cocktail and A Culinary Crime File!

Here's a quick-and-easy lesson in making a beautiful eggnog latte cocktail for the holiday season!

~ Cleo

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


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.


(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.

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drinks (including 2 how-to videos), 

SUBJECT: Cleo Coyle 
GUILTY OF: Brewing Up Murder 
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. 

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  1. These layered drinks look delicious! Definitely going to try these as they look easy to make, yet festive.

  2. I could use one right about now. Congrats on all 3 new releases ladies. I look forward to reading them.

  3. What a cute presentation, the drink and the guilty of crime files! Congrats on your new releases, Krista, Cleo, & Lucy!!

    Daryl / Avery

  4. Thanks to all you ladies, and to Cleo for the adorable post! xox

  5. Whoa! That's a lot of Kahlua! Not that that has ever stopped me! What a delicious drink. Love our crime profiles! LOL! Thanks, Cleo!

  6. Great drinks, of course.
    And fabulous crime files!

    1. Oh, and hurray on the new books! More great reading ahead.

  7. I don't drink lattes but this could change my mind

  8. Three winners for sure������

  9. Love the crime files! What fun - makes me want to read them all right now. I'm not much of a drinker, but I can never resist Kahlua or Frangelico, and those drinks look far too tempting to even try to resist.

  10. Great looking drinks. Love the crime files!!

  11. So happy and excited for all of your new releases, ladies. I got Death with All the Trimmings this week and also The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer but sorry to say, I don't have Once Upon a Grind yet, but sure hope to very very soon. Love all of your books and these layered drink recipes look great to serve for company this month. Thank you so much for the recipes and for the chance to wish you all tons of great big sales on your releases. I spread the word as much as I can believe me.

    Cynthia Blain