Want to impress your friends and guests? Learn the art of pairing a good cup of coffee with your favorite spirits; stock up on different flavored K-Cups and grinds to experiment and see what suits your palate. A coffee that is paired perfectly with the right spirit, alcohol, or liqueur can be a grand finale to a meal or get-together.
Some successful pairings of coffee with alcohol include:
Coffee and Port. A glass of port is the perfect finish to dinner and can almost step-in for dessert. Pair this sweet wine with a cup of strong blonde coffee to elevate the experience. Blonde coffee is found widely in grinds and K-Cups and is a strong, bold bean.
Hazelnut all around. Who doesn't love the flavor of hazelnut? Treat yourself or someone else to a cup of piping hot hazelnut coffee with a sidecar of Amaretto or Frangelico. The liqueurs are sweet enough to serve the coffee black, but if you like, add a splash of simple syrup.
Irish Coffee. Perk-up breakfast or brunch with an Irish coffee. For an easy version, combine black Columbian coffee with a little Irish whiskey for an eye-opening cup of java. Finish with dollops of fresh whipped cream. You could substitute Irish whiskey for American or Canadian whiskey if you happen to have that on hand.
Hot Chocolate. There is nothing like a cup of hot chocolate on a chilly night, so brew some up! Use hot chocolate K-Cups or your favorite cocoa packet and add an ounce or two of Irish cream. Don't care for hot chocolate? Add Irish cream liqueur to a simple cup of breakfast blend.
Spicy Rum. For an exotic and guest-worthy cup-of-Joe, brew cinnamon coffee in your machine. Add a good splash of rum, spiced is best, and a drizzle of honey. Finish by serving with a cinnamon stick stirrer for a delicious and tropical treat.
Really Green Tea. Is coffee not your thing? Brew up a green tea K-Cup and add a drizzle of agave nectar or honey to sweeten. Before serving, add a shot of green absinthe liqueur for an afternoon delight that will shake-up any tea party! The taste is licoricey, so you could add a black licorice stick to stir for a little fun.
Try these coffee pairings and impress dinner guests or family friends. Don't want to invest in a full bottle of liquor that you may not like? Pick up airline-sized nips and experiment with different flavored K-Cups, grinds, and pods. To learn more, contact a company like 11th Street Coffee.