“Second Day of Holiday Cocktails”

On the second day of Holiday Cocktails, my true-love made for me…

…two mugs of spiced coffee!

Did someone say coffee?  I love coffee, especially from a festive ceramic mug.  This is the second of 12 installments on my new blog site.  I’m working on my blogging skills while trying out 12 new recipes for holiday drinks listed on a holiday kitchen towel I purchased last year.  December 21st, our second day of cocktails, features the only hot drink on the list.  The timing couldn’t have been better, as I live in (usually sunny) Southern California and we are having rain today — which we haven’t seen in quite a while and so desperately need the rain and mountain snow pack.  The delicious hot drink sipped in the early evening hit the spot!

The recipe we started with:

  • 6-8 ounces hot, dark coffee
  • 1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • Pinch ground cinnamon

For the coffee, we used our Keurig® coffee machine with the “Pacific Bold” K-cup from Costco (Kirkland Signature).  I may have poured a little more than 1 oz of Bailey’s, and used right about 1/2 oz of Triple Sec, which is a milder orange liqueur.  I used a quick sprinkle of ground cinnamon and stirred the entire cup briskly.

Although it sipped of deliciousness right away, the decorative steaming mug was missing something — whipping cream on top.  After fixing its ‘top,’ the cup of goodness went down readily for sure!  For my future second-day-of cocktails, I will use a stronger orange liqueur.  I really like how the orange tames down the sometimes over-sweetness of Bailey’s.

Another easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for a rainy afternoon or evening.  I hope you enjoy it, too!




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