the appetizer:

Small Bites, Big Nights by celebrity chef Govind Armstrong will have you entertaining in no time with recipes like Breakfast in Bed, New Zealand Scampi, and Kona Coffee Kicker.



Kona Coffee Kicker

Serves: 1
Difficulty: Easy

Kona Coffee Kicker
Kona Coffee Kicker


After you've enjoyed the decadent Krispy Kreme "Coffee & Doughnuts" (page 247 of the book), here's your next logical step. I typically don't serve coffee drinks, since winters in Los Angeles are so mild, but this hot little toddy features the prized star of javaworld: Kona coffee. The 100-percent pure estate Kona from Aloha Island Coffee Company that we serve at Table 8 is like gold—and because it's low in acid and naturally sweet with faint notes of chocolate, it's happily married with a little vodka and liqueur. A highly efficient caffeine delivery system, this "Kicker" is a great way to end a meal and start the next phase of the late-night revelry (shenanigans and all).

  • 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 brandy
  • 1/2 Stoli Vanil vodka
  • Hot Kona Gold coffee
  • Freshly whipped cream, to garnish
  • Small pinch of fresh coffee grounds

Pour the liqueur, brandy, and vodka into an Irish coffee glass. Add the fresh hot coffee to within an inch of the rim. Spoon 3/4 inch of whipped cream on top, and garnish with the coffee grounds. Serve immediately.

  • from:
  • Small Bites, Big Nights
    Seductive Little Plates for Intimate Occasions and Lavish Parties
  • by Govind Armstrong
  • Clarkson Potter 2007
  • Hardcover, $30.00
  • ISBN 978-0-307-33793-1 (0307337936)
  • Recipe reprinted by permission.

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