Yesterday I went to a Christmas tree farm with my middle son and his girlfriend to buy their first tree for their first apartment. We got a late start and the two of them were using flashlights as they walked the fields, finding and discussing the merits of various noble and grand and Turkish firs. They were so sweet, in love, trying to give their opinions while being open to the preferences of the other. They chose a beautiful and well-shaped grey-green noble fir. Once the tree was chopped and hauled my son carefully counted out ones to make the price. Their little noble fit right inside my car, filling it with scent.
Just last year I switched, with great reluctance, to an artificial tree for my home (allergies). So it was wonderful for me to have the vicarious tree-picking experience this year. It was strange to think that I may have bought my last Christmas tree, and here my son is buying his first. Bittersweet. Time to sit in front of the fire with this and ponder. The fire’s fake too, but it can still be pleasant.
This is a small recipe for one or two, but feel free to ramp it up for a holiday party as I plan to do this year. I rarely use chocolate syrup so I don’t usually have it on hand. For this recipe I make a batch from equal parts water, white sugar, and cocoa, heated and stirred in a small pan until smooth. For the espresso I ask my husband to make some, since he’s the coffee drinker and I let him mess with the espresso machine.
In theory you could make this recipe with a shaker only, no blending, if the sugar were fine enough to dissolve smoothly. Since I’m using brown sugar that’s become a big lump in my cupboard, I run it through the Vitamix.
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp. espresso
- 2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
- 2 Tbsp. flavorful brown sugar (I used light Muscovado sugar)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ¼ cup Irish whiskey
- crushed ice
- optional garnish: grated fresh nutmeg. Don't substitute with pre-ground nutmeg, it won't taste good.
- Combine with crushed ice in shaker, shake and strain (alternatively, chill in refrigerator).
- Grate some nutmeg on top (optional).