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6 Yummy Drinks to Make with a Coffee Maker

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Not matter how you like your coffee, a coffee maker such as the BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Mill+Brew Coffee Maker allows you to brew a cup that’s as strong or mild as you prefer. This holiday season, surprise your taste buds with a festive coffee concoction.

TIP: Brew a decaffeinated pot of coffee for friends and family who are avoiding caffeine. Keep it in a thermos so the brew doesn't become overly bitter.

Holiday Drinks to Make with a Coffee Maker

Nonalcoholic Drinks

Flavorful ingredients that match the intensity and richness of coffee can turn a cup of coffee drink into an exceptional treat:

Eggnog Coffee Latte

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Use equal amounts of eggnog and black brewed coffee to transform coffee into an out-of-the-ordinary treat.

Warm the eggnog in the microwave for 30 seconds for each 1/2 cup.


Chocolate Coffee

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The flavor of dark chocolate and white chocolate work well with coffee.

Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup or powdered hot chocolate for each cup of black brewed coffee.

Choose a peppermint hot chocolate blend, and garnish the cup with a candy cane for a festive flair.

WARNING: Cocoa powder alone turns grainy in a cup of coffee. Help avoid the grittiness by making a syrup. Combine 1 tablespoon each of lukewarm water, cocoa powder and superfine sugar, then mix the syrup with warm milk. Or, use a hot chocolate mix designed to dissolve in a hot liquid.


Classic Coffee Cocktails

Some coffee drinks remain favorites over the years because they combine ingredients and flavors that work especially well with coffee:

Irish Coffee

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Irish coffee takes just three ingredients beyond the coffee itself.

Add 2 teaspoons of sugar and about 2 tablespoons of bourbon or whiskey to a cup filled three-quarters with coffee.

Top the coffee with 1 to 2 tablespoons of lightly-whipped whipping cream.


Spanish Coffee

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Spanish coffee intensifies the flavor of coffee with the addition of 1 to 2 tablespoons of Kahlua, and 2 tablespoons of rum and triple sec, an orange-flavored liqueur. Serve this Latin-inspired drink at your next Cinco de Mayo party.


Flavorful Coffee Pairings

Coffee drinks and cocktails use anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1 cup of coffee.  For cold coffee drinks, refrigerate brewed coffee for at least two hours to help ensure that it’s thoroughly chilled.  Experiment with these ideas to add coffee flavor to your drinks on special occasions such as birthdays and holidays:

Flavored Coffee

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Create your own coffee drink by adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite liqueur, such as hazelnut-flavored Frangelico, almond-flavored amaretto or creme de cassis, which tastes like black currants, to a cup of hot coffee.


Coffee with Liquor

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Coffee complements the taste of bourbon, brandy, Irish whiskey, and rum, adding depths of roasted flavor. Add 2 tablespoons of strongly brewed coffee to your favorite cocktail or straight-up drink.

TIP: Experiment with different coffee beans and the brew strength selector settings on your BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Mill+Brew Coffee Maker. Adjust the settings to regular, strong or bold to customize your drinks.

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