Loveland Ski Area opened on October 7th, and kicked off the Colorado Ski seaon for 2009 – 2010. It looks like they only have one lift running with about 19% of the area open for skiing. While it is a little early to be thinking about going skiing for me, it marks a time when I start thinking about colder weather and hot Drinks. When I say hot Drinks it could just mean coffee or hot chocolate, since they are hot, at least most of the time. But you probably noticed that I have the d in Drink as a capital D. That means that the Drinks I am talking about have a little something in them to keep us a little warmer as the nights get cooler.

That little something is some sort of alcoholic beverage of your choosing. Here without further ado is a recipe for a Cappuccino with a Shot (or two).

Cappuccino with a Shot ingredients – makes four 8 oz. cups
4 cups of espresso (or strong coffee)
2 cups of half and half
4 oz of Creme de Cacao
2 oz of rum
2 oz of Stock 84 Brandy

Start by heating water to almost a boil and pour the water into four – 8 oz. ceramic cups. If you have a microwave oven, you can skip this step and heat your cups right before serving in the microwave.

If you have an espresso maker with a steamer, starting with the half and half, put all of the ingredients in a steamer vessel and bring to approx. 130º F. You will probably not get a nice foam with the amount of alcohol in this recipe. So don’t go higher than 120 or 130º, since the object is to heat the mixture and not get a nice foam top.

If you don’t have an espresso maker, starting with the half and half, put all of the ingredients into a medium saucepan. Get the mixture really hot but not to a boil. You microwave folks can use the microwave to heat the mixture, which will be faster.

Take the hot espresso (or strong coffee) and pour it into the steaming vessel (or saucepan). Take a spoon and stir a few times to blend everything together.

Empty the water out of the cups and pour the coffee mix into the cups and serve with a napkin. Enjoy!

Drop me a line and let me know what your favorite Fall brew is. do you have a pumpkin brew recipe you care to share? Stay toasty! Java Guy