Sunday, December 16, 2018

Serving "Spirits" for the Holidays with a #Christmas Giveaway from Cleo Coyle

We're celebrating Christmas recipes here at Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, every day through Christmas Eve, so be sure to check in with us to see what's cooking.

Marc and I recently shared a fabulous holiday cookie recipe for Caramel-Dipped Hazelnut MeltawaysClick here or on the photo below to get that recipe...

For the recipe click here.

Now for today's recipes...

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In all honesty, Marc and I are more foodies than drinkers. That said, we do enjoy the occasional gin cocktail or glass of wine or champagne. And when it comes to this time of year, Christmas cheer is always on the menu.

If you’re serving spirits for the holidays, Jack Shepard will be right over. (For those of you familiar with our Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, that shouldn't be a problem!) For everyone else, we hope these easy recipe ideas will lift your own spirits and bring you good cheer. 

~ Cleo

A Beautiful Layered Holiday Drink 

Cleo Coyle's Chilly, Creamy 
Eggnog Latte Cocktail 

Chilled Eggnog (how much? see directions)
Chilled Kahlua (or your favorite coffee liqueur)
Cold Whipped Cream
Ground Nutmeg and Cinnamon Stick


(1) Start with a nice presentation glass. A stemless snifter, stemless wine glass, or clear tumbler will work nicely. Pour in a few fingers of Kahlua (or your favorite coffee liqueur), enough to give you a thick visual layer.

(2) Tilt the glass and position the spout of the eggnog carton against the rim, as shown below. If using homemade eggnog, place it in a container with a spout, such as a glass measuring cup. Pour in the eggnog slowly. Use the side of the glass to slow the pour even more and prevent it from mixing with the Kahlua. 

CLEO TIP: 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.

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


TWO WAYS: When you tilt and sip this chilly, creamy Eggnog Latte Cocktail, 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! The flavor of coffee in this "Eggnog Latte" cocktail comes from Kahlua, a rum-based coffee liqueur that's rich, sweet, and smooth.

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this recipe that you can print, 
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Now let's warm up Santa
for his
worldwide sleigh ride

Baileys Irish Coffee


2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream*

6 ounces freshly-brewed hot joe

1 ounce Irish whiskey 

Whipped Cream 

Directions: Combine Baileys, coffee, whiskey, top with whipped cream and enjoy. 

*We also love the Baileys
flavor: "Vanilla Cinnamon"

3 More Beautiful Layered Drinks

Dessert Shooters  

Click here or on the image above or below
to learn great tricks for layering drinks
+ 3 delicious dessert shooter recipes. 

Merry Christmas, everyone!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author
The Coffeehouse Mysteries 

Alice and Marc in Central Park. 
Together we write as Cleo Coyle. 

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Tell us in a comment below,
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Prize Package includes...

* An autographed copy of Cleo Coyle's new Haunted Bookshop Mystery, THE GHOST AND THE BOGUS BESTSELLER ("Best Book of 2018" selection by Suspense Magazine), along with a sturdy, canvas, "Jack is Back" tote bag.

* An autographed copy of Cleo's latest bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery SHOT IN THE DARK ("Mystery Pick of the Month" and *star reviewed by Library Journal

* A beautiful porcelain "Gimme Coffee!" latte cup, made in Italy, and a set of Cleo's autographed recipe cards.

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What brings you that 
feeling of holiday cheer?



  1. I love old-fashioned punches with ice cream and Sprite, then spiked with rum. A warmer favorite is hot chocolate and Bailey's. Cheers to you this holiday season!

  2. Baking cookies with my kiddos!
    Thanks for sharing these delicious looking drink recipes.
    Merry Christmas to the both of you!

  3. I think it might sound silly but what brings me cheer is watching White Christmas on the screen with hot chocolate and a small snack. The Movie always makes me feel better and full of Christmas.

  4. That drink sounds so good! I like the flavor mix in it.
    There are so many things that bring me happiness this time of year:the decorating, the weather, family, food and this year I have a new dog! Of course I am always happy and grateful that I have my books. The stories make me laugh and take me places that are remarkable!
    Happiest of Christmases to you!

  5. Getting together with family
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  6. To me sharing the bounty of my kitchen brings great cheer. I remember so fondly my time in the kitchen with my Mom as she would bake up all the special goodies from candy, cookies to cinnamon rolls to share with loved ones. We would box up an assortment of goodies in several boxes and then take off to deliver them. Honestly don't know if it was the goodies or the visit that they enjoyed the most. Seems as if folks back then spent more time one on one with folks.

    I learned that sharing my baked goods AND spending time with them as I delivered them was as big a treat to me as to them - if not more so. How can it not be holiday cheer if both sides get great joy out of it? Although I think my baked goods are special, isn't time the best gift to give? It's something that you can only give once, no one wanted to return it, one size fits all, and everyone seems to really love the gift.

    Hubby loves to work magic in the kitchen as much as I do. We try to continue Mom's tradition not only at Christmas but through out the year.

    Love the delicious sounding recipes and will be giving them a try. We aren't big drinkers either, but a special one at the holidays sounds yummy.

    What a fabulous and extremely generous giveaway! Someone is going to be very fortunate this Christmas when they receive this package. Thank you so very much for the opportunity! <3

    May you have the merriest of Christmas and the happiest of new Year!
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  7. The one thing that brings me Christmas cheer?


  8. Thanks for this lovely giveaway which is so special and beautiful. The drink looks enticing and perfect for the season. I look forward to creating wonderful and surprise feasts and meals for my family who enjoy this season together. Making these meals and desserts gives me such a warm feeling and makes me feel that all the work and having family surround me is all that matters in this life. The little ones give me such pleasure since they are growing up quickly and are delightful. When I have them around I know all is right with the world. I love to make up unique and creative baskets of goodies - usually baked goods such as treats every one loves and gifts which I find that are special and unusual. giving from the heart is what makes my life worthwhile. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. This year, what is bringing me cheer is a little strange (at least to me). My older sister Billy, who was developmentally disabled, passed away very quickly right after Thanksgiving. While I am truly grieving her loss, what is bringing smiles and joy to me is reading (mostly on FB) how she touched so many lives, learning "Billy stories" I've never heard before, just knowing that she really mattered and made a difference to more than just her immediate family.


  10. I have to say - Billy would have LOVED this layered beverage. I can just see her with a little whipped cream moustache, holding her glass out and asking if she could please have another one. Thank you for that mental picture.