“So, okay, what’s this?”
“That? That’s, um…” she picked up the jar and squinted, not because the label was hard to read but because all the noshing had made her vision blurry. “Peanut Cocoa Butter.”
“Oh man. That’s amazing.” Her husband handed her a spoon and they dug in. And it was amazing.
But then Tara blinked and, for the first time in about an hour, really looked around her. She and her husband were sitting cross-legged on the floor, surrounded by crinkly wrappers, open jars and lids, dirty spoons and fallen crisps everywhere. “Oh. Oh no.”
“Huh?” Jim blinked too. His eyes were glazed over and there were crumbs all over his chin. “What?”
“Jim!” Tara looked at the gift basket on the floor. “We ate everything! ALL THE THINGS.”
“Mmmm.” He reached for the jar of peanut cocoa butter again but she smacked his hand. “What?! Oh.” Realization dawned. He nudged the now-empty basket on the floor and wiped the crumbs off his chin. “Oh. Well. I guess we’ll just have to buy your boss something else, huh?”
So many things happening in this post right now!
First, a recipe. It’s officially holiday cocktail party time! And everyone knows that the best winter cocktails come with a dose of warmth- either from piping hot tea and brandy or, in this case, coffee and bourbon. And whipped cream. Clearly.
As an aside, when I first saw this recipe and got to the amaro ingredient, I had to look it up. And when I looked it up, I laughed because amaro is the same as Fernet. And that will make my mom laugh because the only person I know who orders Fernet is my Aunt Anna and according to my mother, only someone with a constitution like my Aunt Anna (with her bone-crushing hugs, her penchant for walking barefoot and collecting rocks and feeding grown men, like my father, until they cry) would order it as a stand-alone drink. Apparently, my Aunt Anna is more hipster and legit than most people I know.
Caffè Di Alpi
1 Teaspoon of honey
3 Ounces of hot brewed coffee (you know what would go great with/in place of hot brewed coffee? Coffee Syrup. Hmmm. Where could we find that, I wonder?)
1 and 1/2 ounces of bourbon
1 Large dollop of Alps Whipped Cream (see below)
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1. Put the honey in a warmed mug.
2. Add the hot coffee and the bourbon and stir.
3. Top with Alps Whipped Cream and garnish with the grated nutmeg.
Alps Whipped Cream
1. In a small bowl, beat the heavy cream until thickened.
2. Add amaro and beat until firm.
And now… win free, awesome stuff in our Eat Boutique Giveaway!
Our love for Eat Boutique is well-documented, I think. And if it’s not, it should be. I can’t remember who first directed us to Maggie and her fantastic business but one look at the Breakfast Gift Box and I was good and hooked. “Seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes for food fans.” Filled with “the best small batch foods by boutique food makers.” Did you swoon? Are you swooning?
What if I told you New Englanders that the Eat Boutique Holiday Market is coming on December 9th? And Joy the Baker will be there? And Aran Goyoaga? And I need to stop listing everyone or I may cry a little. I’m very emotional today apparently.
Will you swoon if we give you one of these delightful gift boxes? Because we’re going to do just that. What better way to kick off the gift season than… with gifts!
SKS Winter Giveaway
One (1) Cocktails Gift Box from Eat Boutique:
It’s always cocktail hour when you send this gift box, and it’s always made from scratch. A single bottle of Scrappy’s Bitters is at the ready for any mixed drink. Morris Kitchen’s Ginger, Preserved Lemon or Apple Syrup (our choice) will brighten every cocktail or soda concoction. Dave’s Coffee Syrup is perfect for White Russians (and all sorts of baked goods). Quince & Apple Grenadine is ready for your Shirley Temple. Rim each drink with Didi Davis Foods Citrus Sugar Collection and nibble on Treat Bake Shop Pecans. We even included Haute Papier letter-pressed coasters and a little whisk to make serving and mixing easy.
It’s a perfect addition to your holiday cocktail bar and a stellar gift for the drink-lovers in your life (is there such a thing as regifting if you first won it on a blog?) so enter today! You can also add alcohol from the Heretic Spirits online shop to add and extra kick to it.
Dates: November 28 to December 5, 2012 (contest ends 12am EST on the 5th)
How to Enter: Just write a comment on this post and give us a character name we could use in one of our future stories (we could always use more fun character names and when we use it, we’ll let you know!) One comment per person please.
Selecting a Winner: Winner will be selected on Thursday, December 6 using random.org, a random generator. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner doesn’t respond to the winning notification email, another winner will be chosen.
Boring/Horrible Disclaimers: You must be 18+ to enter. We will only be shipping within the continental United States. SKS reserves the right to disallow comment submissions for the following reasons:
- Any rude or obscene comments will not be approved. (But I will laugh at them silently before deleting them.)
- All spam comments will not be approved. (Again, some of these make me laugh. But they will not be approved.)
- No purchase is necessary to enter. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. I’m not even sure what you would purchase to win, honestly. Wait, was someone going to send me money to increase their chances? Maybe I should rethink this disclaimer…