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The holidays always make me think of my childhood, especially time we spent at my grandparents’ house and out to dinner with them. Copious amounts of coffee were a mainstay with my grandparents and, later, the same was true of time my sister and I spent with our dad. In honor, I dedicate this recipe and raise a beautiful cup o’ joe to all of them!
I wasn’t always fond of coffee. In fact, after dinner coffee was my nemesis as a child. My parents and grandparents typically lingered and talked at a diner over coffee, long after any dessert was eaten (while I fidgeted and struggled to behave).
“Can we go soon?” I’d ask, trying not to whine.
“As soon as we finish our coffee,” was always the answer from my grandparents. Always.
I’d watch the waitress round the corner, coffee pot in hand, and try to telepathically signal her to pass us by. Of course, she didn’t. She’d top off their mugs, and I’d groan inside, knowing it may be another half hour before I gained relief from my boredom.
As a college student, when I traveled home for the holidays, we’d either gather around our kitchen table or go out somewhere nice to eat. Either way, we’d linger over dessert after dinner, catching up, retelling family stories and sharing new ones. It wasn’t long before I flashed back to a vision of my grandparents, lingering after a meal with their half-filled coffee cups … and smiled in understanding. Long, relaxed dinners with my family that lasted past the first cups of coffee soon became an experience that I looked forward to and savored.
In my late twenties, after being diagnosed with a dairy allergy, dessert time with family or on business trips became a personal struggle. Dairy-free desserts are rarely on menus or in the average kitchen’s recipe rolodex, so I started drinking coffee (with sugar, no cream) after dinner. I also started enjoying the sight of someone (especially my dad) coming toward me with a coffee pot in hand for refills.
Still, I have often wished I could indulge in all the lovely after dinner coffees, especially Irish Cream and Coffee. The smell is heavenly.
So, when I recently saw that there is now a dairy-free almond milk liqueur option available (thank you, Baileys!), I was eager to try it!
I also wanted the full experience. I love the LOOK – as well as the smell and taste – of coffee and cream swirling together, and nothing lets you behold that beauty like a glass mug. Unfortunately, I only had one glass mug, with a design covering most of it, that doesn’t keep drinks hot for long.
Since I’m a Southern Kitchen Ambassador, I thought of them and visited their website to see if they might have something that fit the bill. They do! A set of double-walled glass mugs!
My analysis after drinking gallons of coffee (and a little hot tea) from them? They’re beautiful, surprisingly lightweight and, most important to me, they keep my coffee hot (without burning my hands) for an extraordinarily long time (perfect for someone who likes to sip and savor), and they showcase the beauty of my new dairy-free find!
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The set of mugs pictured above are part of the ZWILLING Sorrento Double Wall Glassware Line, created by the renowned Italian designer Matteo Thun. They keep drinks hot while remaining cool to the touch, and they’re dishwasher and microwave safe. At the time I’m writing this, they’re $29.99 for a set of two, a perfect price point for holiday gift giving. And if you use the coupon code WELCOME10, you can get $10 off your first purchase over $50!
Dairy-Free Baileys Cream and Coffee Ingredients:
- 8 oz. hot coffee
- 2 oz. Baileys Almonde Almondmilk Liqueur
- 1 tsp sugar (optional)
- Grated cinnamon or a candy cane
Dairy-Free Baileys Cream and Coffee Instructions:
- Brew 8 oz of your favorite coffee
- Add 2 oz. Baileys Almonde Almondmilk Liqueur
- Add 1 tsp sugar (optional); note: add the sugar AFTER the liqueur
- Top with grated cinnamon or stir with a candy cane to add holiday flavor!
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