This time of year I’m always reminded of the scents of the season. From sharp peppermint to soothing cinnamon, I get so caught up in baking and cooking and creating heavenly smelling goodies. And nothing goes better with all those holiday treats than a big cup of coffee. So I figured combining the two would be heavenly.
When a big batch of Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee arrived on my doorstep, I knew I had to combine that coffee with some delicious scents of the season and concoct a hot and steamy holiday drink. Nothing evokes the joy of the holidays like sharing memories with family and close friends over a cup of delicious coffee.
And some of my first memories of the holidays involve the scent of coffee. For some reason the smell of that coffee brewing in the morning takes me back to my little self and the anticipation of what may come. From opening exciting gifts to spending time with loved ones, that sharp dark scent always reminds me of the holiday season even to this day. My husband often brews an individual cup of coffee for himself early in the morning, so the smell doesn’t linger — it’s usually gone by the time the tot and I make our way upstairs.
Such a shame.
The other morning I indulged and made a whole pot of some Dunkin’ Donuts® gingerbread flavored coffee and mixed it together with a few ingredients to create a sweet smelling and eye-opening morning brew. There are so many flavors to choose from: Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf® and special seasonal varieties including Mocha Mint, Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Cookie. But act fast as these seasonal varieties are only available for a limited time at your local grocery store.
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon sugar
4 ounces brewed coffee
4 ounces hot milk
While you’re brewing your coffee (any flavor is tasty or plain is just as tasty too) heat the milk in a small sauce pan. What takes this café au lait to the next level is whipping the milk, so while things are heating up, get out your trusty whisk and take out some aggression on the milk.
Measure and add the unsweetened cocoa and sugar to a large mug and then add the brewed coffee.
Check on the milk — you don’t want it to boil! Give it a good whisking and then add to the coffee, making sure to top with the foam.
Give the mocha a stir and sprinkle with additional sugar to your liking.
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!