I love February. Although it’s a month in deep winter, February carries the hope that spring may be just around the corner. February also carries the hope that love springs eternal, and who can resist such hope?
You’re the Cream in My Coffee is an oldie but goodie song published in 1928, and if you are a music guru you will know that it was sung by a myriad of talents, but the best rendition, I think, is by Nat King Cole. It was also the theme song for the Mrs. Bradley Mysteries in 2000, proving that the lyrics have staying power, and are a true tribute to unconditional love assuring “You’ll always be my necessity, I’d be lost without you.”
So how are you planning to celebrate love come this February 14th? Chocolates, roses, a romantic dinner, possibly becoming engaged? How about perking up the tried and true traditional expressions of love by adding coffee to the repertoire? Here are a few recipes that I think you will find irresistible.
Red Velvet Latte: 1 cup of whole milk, 1 tbsp. sugar, 3 oz. semi sweet chocolate chunks, 1/4 tsp red food coloring, 1/4 tsp Amaretto Liquor, 1/2 cup brewed coffee. Place milk and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer until sugar dissolves, stir in chocolate until melted, stir in food color, coffee, and amaretto. Serve warm.
Sweet Mocha Latte: Fresh brewed espresso – decaf or regular, 1.8 oz. whole milk,1 teaspoon of semi-sweet cocoa powder, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream. Heat the milk, mix in the coca powder and stir, place 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream in a glass and pour the hot, chocolate over the ice cream, place 1 tbsp. of whipped cream on top, serve.
Café Angelina: This is my own variation of the luscious hot chocolate served at Angelina’s Café in Paris. 2 cups hot frothed milk, you can do this in the microwave. First shake whole milk in a jar, then microwave it for 5 seconds, easy! 1 small brick of semi-sweet chocolate. fresh brewed coffee. Place the brick of chocolate in a mug, pour in the hot frothed milk, pour in 1/2 cup of fresh brewed coffee. Enjoy!
Get together with your loved one, set the atmosphere and brew up a cup of warm, savory love. You won’t be sorry.
Embark on a sacred journey of the heart.
Peace and Love,