irish coffeeIt was a rainy, blustery morning here in New York City and I'm moving slowly. I have one thing on my mind right now: Coffee! But not just a plain cup of coffee. What would really get my engines going is a hot cuppa with a little something special mixed in. But that will have to wait until after work for me.

We all know about Irish coffee -- coffee spiked with whiskey (preferably Irish) with a glug of half 'n' half. But how about some other fun coffee drink ideas? Here are eight hot, spiky recipes to keep you niiiiiiiice and toasty this weekend.

Cafe de Olla -- Coffee Mexican style, brewed with cinnamon. Use brown sugar if you can't find piloncillo, and if you add a dollop of Kahlua, we won't tell.

Bavarian coffee -- Kahlua and coffee is a classic combo, but a shot of Peppermint Schnapps makes is go down that much easier.

Cafe Brulot -- People from New Orleans party in style morning, noon, and night. No wonder their coffee is filled with fun -- specifically, an orange flavored liquor like Cointreau and warm winter spices like cinnamon and cloves.

Cafe Royale -- It's coffee. It's brandy. It's a sprinkling of sugar and a dollop of whipped cream. What's not to like?

Cafe Foster -- A liquid version of a Banana Foster dessert? Yes please! It's dark rum, banana liquor (like 99 Bananas) topped with whipped cream.

Amaretto coffee -- Is coffee flavored with brandy and almondy amaretto nuts? Not at all.

White chocolate latte -- Take the ordinary latte up a  few notches with Baileys and white chocolate chips.

Of course, my favorite coffee drink is the Jamaica Coffee -- it's sweet with an extra warming kick!

Jamaica Coffee recipe via Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 fluid ounce dark rum
  • 3/4 fluid ounce coffee flavored liqueur
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream
  • 1 chocolate covered coffee bean

Instructions:

1. Pour rum and coffee liqueur into a decorative coffee glass.

2. Fill glass with hot coffee.

3. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a coffee bean.

What's your favorite hot coffee drink?

 

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