I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did, enjoying time with family, lots of good food and, after the clean up was done, a round of Scattergories. Have you played it? I'm a fan of word games, and this one always provides lots of laughs. My dear friend in Seattle has a nice family tradition going. Every evening after supper they play a different board game. What a great way to spend time together. I enjoyed a game of Battleship one evening with her 7-year-old son, and another night the four of us played a competitive game of Sorry!
Today, I wanted to share a recipe from the December issue of Martha Stewart Living, which I just had to try. A spin on the white Russian cocktail, it uses espresso powder instead of coffee liqueur, and adds cocoa powder for a little chocolate flavor. This beverage is served hot, so it's perfect for a cold evening by the fire, perhaps while playing your favorite board game. Enjoy!
The following recipe makes two drinks.
1) In a saucepan, whisk together 1/4 cup light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons espresso powder or instant coffee granules (regular or decaf) and 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.
2) Whisk in 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/4 cup vodka. Heat until almost boiling. Serve with whipped cream and a dash of espresso powder, if desired.
Notes: I used instant espresso granules; next time, I'll use decaf instant coffee because I'm sensitive to caffeine (needless to say, the espresso had quite an effect on me!). I also used skim milk and light cream. I added the vodka at the end so as not to burn off all the alcohol. I didn't have whipped cream, but a dollop would be wonderful on top.