Our top three festive coffee ideas

Everyone’s spirits need a little lift during the winter months, and this year we all need it more than ever! If you’re in an area where you’re still allowed to meet friends and family outdoors, then why not serve up one of these festive coffee recipes to keep hands warm and spirits up? They’re all very easy and can be made in a cafetiere.

Spicy coffee (serves 4) – for a warming spicy blend, put 60g of freshly ground coffee in a warmed cafetiere, and add one teaspoon of cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of ground cardamon and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Pour over 900ml hot water and allow to steep for around three minutes. Add a splash of brandy and sugar to taste, then pour into tall glass mugs and top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of brown sugar.

Gingerbread coffee (serves 4) – flavoured syrups are a great way of giving coffee a festive twist, and we’ve chosen gingerbread syrup for this idea. Brew black coffee for four using 60g freshly ground coffee and 900ml hot water. While it’s brewing, pour a shot (30ml) of gingerbread syrup into each cup. Pour the coffee over, add whipped cream and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a ginger biscuit on the side. Other flavoured syrups that work well at this time of year include praline and cinnamon.

Caramel fudge coffee (serves 4)
– this is our most indulgent recipe, but it is that time of year after all! You’ll need some caramel syrup for this one – you can either use readymade or make your own. To make your own, you’ll need 200g sugar and 250ml water. Put the sugar and around 75ml of water in a saucepan over a medium heat and watch it like a hawk! Don’t let it boil until the sugar is completely dissolved, or it will burn. Once dissolved, let the mixture boil for around two minutes until it starts to turn darker. As soon as this happens, whip it off the heat as it can burn very easily at this stage. Add the remaining water very carefully, as the mixture will have a tendency to splash. Let it cool a little before stirring. The mixture will keep in the fridge for several months. When you’re ready to use it, brew black coffee for four. Put a shot of syrup in each mug and top with the coffee. Add whipped cream on top, and decorate with chocolate sprinkles and small chunks of fudge.

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