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Speculaas Coffee Recipe (Coffee with Dutch Gingerbread Spices)


Speculaas Coffee Recipe (Coffee with Dutch Gingerbread Spices)

Speculaas Coffee Recipe (Coffee with Dutch Gingerbread Spices)

Photo © Karin Engelbrecht
What could be better on a cosy winter night in than a hot drink spiked with a shot of something naughty and delicious? Liquor-laced coffee drinks, such as Irish coffee, are enduringly popular and this Dutch variation on the theme uses Schelvispekel liqueur (a spiced Dutch brandy that tastes of traditional Dutch speculaas). The coffee is topped with whipped cream and toasted almonds, mimicking the shaved almond topping typically found on these gingerbread-flavored cookies.

If you can't find this artisanal liqueur where you live, simply use 1 oz brandy and 1 oz gingerbread liqueur.

Or, for a non-alcoholic drink, add some speculaas spices to finely ground coffee (using a French press) and then make the coffee as you would normally.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Makes 1 cup.



Pour the Schelvispekel into a mug or heat-proof glass. Fill with freshly brewed hot coffee. Add brown sugar to taste and stir.

Top with freshly whipped cream and garnish with toasted shaved almonds. Serve immediately.

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