A hot drink up to warm up with: Kentucky Joe Coffee

Published: December 26, 2018 · Updated: December 19, 2019

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Spiked coffee is the only hot drink that delivers all four essential food groups: alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and fat. Always a winning formula, it can be made yet more indulgent by combining sweet bourbon, maple syrup, a touch of chocolate, strong coffee, and rich, heavy cream in the Kentucky Joe—a liquid adaptation of bourbon country’s ubiquitous, signature chocolate bourbon balls. Guaranteed to take the chill off.

Ingredients to make one drink:

1 oz of Maker’s Mark bourbon
1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Cream liqueur (Don’t have any? See tip below)
1/2 oz maple syrup
35% whipping cream
5 oz strong, hot coffee
nutmeg shavings

For each drink, add Maker’s Mark bourbon and Godiva White Chocolate Cream liqueur to a coffee cup with maple syrup. Whisk cream until thick but not stiff. Stir 5 oz strong, hot coffee into cup and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Dust with nutmeg shavings.

Tip: If you don’t have Godiva White Chocolate Cream, use cocoa powder and a little extra maple syrup to compensate.

Want more hot drink ideas to take the chill off on a cold day at the lake? Try a Hot Buttered Rum.

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