Saturday, December 5, 2009

Kicking off the Holiday Season in Coronado with a Gingerbread Cocktail

Coronado kicked off the holiday season last night with Santa arriving on the Ferry, kids playing in a huge mountain of snow, a parade down Orange Avenue, and tree lighting ceremony.

The Hotel Del Coronado is a beautiful sight to behold this time of year.

Photo courtesy of eCoronado

We made this Gingerbread Cocktail last night, as a "traveler" for the parade and holiday festivities.  Although the recipe calls for serving it chilled, over ice, it was quite nippy out and we opted for a warm version.  I did try it tonight, chilled, straight up.  Both ways are very festive for a little holiday cheer!  Surprisingly, it really does taste like gingerbread!

Gingerbread Cocktail
Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

1 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.

Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard the ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.

1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
5 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur, such as Frangelico
4 ounces (1/2 cup) Kaluha

In an 8-ounce glass measuring cup, whisk together the boiling water, espresso powder, and Frangelico, until the powder is dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Combine 1 cup syrup with the espresso/hazelnut liqueur mixture in a large martini shaker. Add the Kaluha and shake to combine. Pour over ice-filled glasses and serve.

Happy Holidays!


Amy of Sing For Your Supper said...

This sounds heavenly! And I love that picture with the fireplace (love your firescreen - Southern Living At Home, right?) :-)


Denise said...

Thank you. Yes, I do believe the screen came from Southern Living At Home!

QM2 said...

Your photos, not to mention your culinary creations and blogging, simply blow me away. I hadn't checked out the blog since August. Am really impressed. Love it.

ErinsFoodFiles said...

Oooh, I love special little martinis like this! This sounds great!