Please enjoy a convivial beverage involving coffee during this transitional season between summer and winter. Many thanks for the recipes to Kerry and Angel Brown of Strong Roots Resources, a business centered around helping folks build resilience from the ground up, including consultation and design assistance for the aspiring homesteader.
Coffee Cherry Cordial
8 black cherries, halved
¼ cup fresh cream
a cup or so of coffee, cooled
4 drops vanilla or almond extract
1 tsp maple syrup
ice, especially coffee ice cubes
Soak cherries in cream for a few hours or overnight.
Vigorously shake together all ingredients except ice, then pour over ice and serve.
Serve this same drink warm by changing things a little.
Make a ganache: blend 1 cup cream with ¾ cup maple syrup and boil until it’s the desired consistency.
Don’t cool the coffee.
Mix soaked cherries and their milk, coffee, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon ganache, and stir.
If that’s still not fancy enough, add a little bit of muddled mint or brew your coffee with a little bit of chopped dark chocolate, especially if you use a French press.
Maple Bourbon Coffee
1 cup coffee
2 ounces bourbon or 1 ounce each, bourbon and Kahlúa
2 tsp maple syrup
½ cup whipping cream
1 cup ice
Combine cooled coffee with bourbon or bourbon plus Kahlúa.
Mix maple syrup and cream.
Place ½ cup ice in each of two glasses.
Pour the coffee mixture and then the cream mixture over each ice in each glass and serve.