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The holiday season is officially here! At Whole Latte Love, we know (or at least try to learn every year) that it is never too early to start planning. And if Alison Roman’s viral “Small Kitchen, Big Thanksgiving” video from a year ago proves anything, it’s that the impossible is possible. Like, for instance, incorporating coffee and/or espresso into every meal you make this November. We’ll show you how!
We’ll start easy with coffee recipes. But these are special coffee recipes, ones to welcome your guests in and set the fall mood. They are as sweet as they are energizing, and will definitely set the scene.
While putting apple cider, or juice, into your coffee may seem sacrilegious, you’re just going to have to trust us on this one. Rather than imagine cold apple cider, think of it heated up: caramelly, lip-puckering sweet. Now, add in the body and warming taste of a good cup of coffee. Exactly.
Combine all ingredients in a non-stick pot on the stove. Cook on low heat for 4-5 minutes. Stir as you heat. Pour into a mug and enjoy!
For the above recipe you can decide to leave out the cloves if you’re not a big fan of the taste. We also recommend using brown sugar — there is something about the combination of apple cider, cinnamon and brown sugar that seems to be the perfect set of ingredients for a fall drink. If you don’t have brown sugar already, don’t fret! Simply mix 1 cup of white sugar to 1 teaspoon of molasses (or more, depending on taste) together and voila! Brown sugar.
If you’re looking for something a bit more decadent and sweet to start you off, then our Cranberry Pumpkin Coffee might be for you. If we’re being honest, this drink is basically all the best parts of Thanksgiving in one place (we will not stand for any cranberry sauce hate).
To make cranberry-pumpkin syrup
Add cranberries, pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, nutmeg, water and sugar to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 6-8 minutes until slightly thick. Take off heat and strain syrup (press cranberries with a rubber spatula to get most of the pulp out).Set aside.
To make coconut whipped cream
Add cream and coconut sugar into a medium bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until soft peaks form.
To make cranberry-pumpkin coffee
Divide coffee into two mugs. Stir 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk and 3 tablespoons cranberry-pumpkin syrup into each mug.
Top with coconut whipped cream, ground cinnamon, cinnamon stick and drizzle with additional cranberry-pumpkin syrup. Serve immediately.
Listen, we’re not shy. We’ll go ahead and say what everyone is thinking: turkey is the worst part of Thanksgiving. *Mic drop*
What can we say? It’s the truth. We all know it, we’ve just been too afraid to say so. The best solution we have, so far, is to make the rub or the marinade unbelievably delicious. While people typically go the maple syrup and bacon route, may we suggest a coffee marinade?
Below you will find two different rubs that can work for your turkey. We also have included a pork chops recipe if you are not Kosher and choose to forgo the tradition.
Mix all the ingredients together and rub the mixture onto the turley pieces. Let the turkey marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Cook the turkey as instructed for its size.
Carefully mix all the ingredients together and apply to your favorite cut of pork. Make sure you pat the mixture well into the meat before grilling or smoking.
First mix the honey, sugars and water together. This will create a molasses-like mixture that will taste excellent with a robust coffee like the Carraro Globo Verde.
Combine the mixture with the rest of the ingredients and transfer to a container to marinate the meat for 3 hours.
Place on a grill until the chops get to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy!
Finally, what we’re all here for. The dessert. The crème de la crème. If you haven’t gorged yourself to the point of stomach pain during the delicious main course — or even if you have — now is the time for pumpkin pie. Why not double down on the holiday tradition with our Pumpkin Spice Coffee Ice Cream? Unbutton those pants, untuck your shirt, and make room.
Now this recipe does take a lot of time and requires a significant number of ingredients but let us tell you, it is totally worth the effort. If you like pumpkin spice lattes, give this recipe a try. It's sure to add an interesting twist to your normal ice cream flavors.
At any point during this holiday meal, it’s cocktail time. Thankfully, illy came in to help! We have three delicious options for you — all including espresso, of course.
Classico (Medium Roast)
Classico, classic roast coffee has a lingering sweetness and delicate notes of caramel, orange blossom and jasmine.
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Classico (Medium Roast), Decaffeinated
Classico, classic roast coffee has a lingering sweetness and delicate notes of caramel, orange blossom and jasmine.illy ground e...
Classico (Medium Roast)
Classico, classic roast coffee has a lingering sweetness and delicate notes of caramel, orange blossom and jasmine.The illy iperEspresso Capsul...
If you make any of these dishes or beverages or rubs, you are almost guaranteed to have some pleased holiday guests. This time of year can be extremely stressful for everyone, so make it a little easier on yourself (and a bit more energizing, too). We would love to hear your thoughts if you make any of these, so be sure to follow us onInstagram,Facebook, andTwitter!
Of course, thank you for your continued support over this last year. Our holiday season would be so much duller without all of you sharing your passion for all things coffee and espresso with us. Eat on!