I’ve never been one for cocktails. There are a few select mixed drinks I like (cough, cough: a bracing gin and tonic or a spicy-sweet dark and stormy), but nine times out of ten I’ll reach for a glass of red wine over anything else when I’m celebrating. During the colder months, however, wine doesn’t always provide the proper warm-up I’m looking for. Instead, I like to look to boozy-hot drinks for that extra cozy experience. I love a good hot toddy most of all, but with winter in the vague near future (sorry to break it to you, folks), I also like the idea of adding a shot of something to hot coffee for a special wakes-you-up and warms-you-up after dinner drink.
I did a little research on Spanish Coffee. It seems there are a million ways to make it, all claiming to be “authentic” and “the original.” But: Rum? Triple Sec? Even tequila? Those don’t sound right to me. I’ve spent some time in Spain and one of my favorite memories was waiting to board a bus in the wee hours of the morning from a tiny Spanish town on the Costa del Sol. With groggy eyes and heavy bags, we wandered into a tiny café and found a bar full of men, sipping on their morning coffee. I watched the bartender splash shots of amber brandy into each little mug. Now, that’s how to do it! I thought. And so, here’s my Spanish Coffee—nothing too fancy, just a creamy update on a classic. Salud!
You will need: freshly brewed coffee, brandy, heavy cream.
Whip cream with maple syrup or sugar to taste.
Add one shot of brandy to a coffee mug. Top with hot coffee and a spoonful of whipped cream.
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