November 29, 2013

Mocha Eggnog

On this day after Thanksgiving, it's time to turn our thoughts to Christmas.  And what better way to get the season started than with a mouthwatering mug of Mocha Eggnog?  Make it in punch-sized batches or single mugs ... spiked or not ... served warm or chilled.  It's the perfect holiday drink for one or a crowd!


It's 'Black Friday!'  Can you guess where I'm not??  That's right! ... I'm absolutely not out in the throngs of holiday shopper crowds.  My dad ventured out into the mall crowds this morning  ... but mom and I decidedly did not.  We chose instead, on this day after Thanksgiving, to turn our thoughts to Christmas in other ways ...


... like by enjoying a mouthwatering mug of Mocha Eggnog ...



... and by tackling a 'Black Friday' Christmas project that involved these:  


Yes!  Mom and I decided to spend our day putting up her Christmas tree.  Last year, our turn-our-thoughts-toward-Christmas 'Black Friday' project was making these family-favorite Candy Cane Cookies ...


... but this year we decided to decorate the tree instead.  It takes us a good while ...


... because there's lots to put on ... lots of lights {we love lots of lights} ... lots of gold bead garland ... burgundy velvet bows ... 


... and gorgeous handmade burgundy and gold ribbon-trimmed ornaments, made by my mom herself.  {She's so talented.}  Aren't they beautiful?


And, of course, there need to be beverage breaks.

And this Mocha Eggnog is the perfect excuse to take a break.


I love the versatility of this easy Mocha Eggnog variation.  Simply mix together prepared eggnog, coffee, and some chocolate syrup ~ and you've got scrumptious Mocha Eggnog.  It's as easy as that!  And now here's where the versatility comes in ...

Want to serve it for a crowd?  Perhaps as an eggnog punch?  Great! ... mix up a big ol' batch.  Want to simply enjoy a mug full for yourself?  That's great, too!  Just mix up a single serving at a time.

Want it spiked?  No problem!  Use Creme de Cacao instead of chocolate syrup ... or use both.  You still get that great coffee-and-chocolate flavor ... but with a little added bonus.

Like your eggnog warm?  Or, like it better chilled?  Either way works with this version.  I think this eggnog tastes great both ways, but personally do like it just a teeny tiny bit more warm.

Oh, and then there's the toppings.  Versatility there, too.

I top mine with a squirt of whipped cream, a bit of shaved chocolate, and a tiny sprinkling of ground nutmeg.  And then drop a chocolate covered coffee bean right in the middle.  You know, 'cause it looks cute that way.

But you could certainly leave it naked if you prefer.


So, whatever you've chosen to do with your 'Black Friday,' I hope you're having a great day!  

As for me and mom, we'll be right here finishing up the Christmas tree ... and trying not to drink too  much Mocha Eggnog.

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Mocha Eggnog
Source:  Adapted from Best-Loved Holiday Recipes


Ingredients
  • 1 quart eggnog
  • 1 c. strong coffee
  • 1/2 c. chocolate syrup {or Creme de Cacao for a spiked version}
  • whipped cream {optional}
  • shaved chocolate {optional}
  • ground nutmeg {optional}
Directions
  1. FOR CHILLED VERSION: Chill prepared coffee. Combine eggnog, coffee, and chocolate syrup {or Creme de Cacao} until well combined.
  2. FOR WARM VERSION: In a medium saucepan, combine coffee and eggnog; warm over medium heat until heated through. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate syrup {or Creme de Cacao}.
  3. Pour into mugs and top each serving with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and a tiny sprinkling of ground nutmeg {not too much or the flavor will be too overpowering!}
NOTES:
- I love the versatility of this eggnog!  It's delicious both chilled and warm, though I do think I liked the warm version just a teeny bit more than the chilled.  Top it ... or not.  Alcohol ... or not.  And, make a whole batch as a punch or just a single cup at a time!
- To make just a single cup use 1 cup eggnog, 1/4 cup coffee, and 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup.
- If serving later in the day, consider using decaf coffee.

Enjoy!

Please enjoy these other mocha treats from The Kitchen is My Playground ...



7 comments:

  1. Very creative. I love coffee and I love eggnog, so I can imagine how yummy this is.

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  2. Yes! Yes! Yes! I am such an eggnog lover and a mocha lover too! Must make this ASAP :) Pinned!

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    1. Two great tastes that taste great together! Enjoy it, Trish ... I know I sure did. :-)

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  3. Oh my, two of my favorite things - mocha and eggnog! I am pinning this to try :)

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  4. Oh, my word...this post makes me want to join your family...the tree, the eggnog, chatting w/you and your mom...I'll be right over ;)

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  5. This eggnog looks so good! Thanks for linking to Less Laundry, More Linking party!

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  6. Yum! I want to lick my computer screen. I found you on Pinterest & I'm a new follower through Bloglovin & Twitter.

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