by Stephanie Zonis
Flavored coffees are very popular these days, and here's an easy one to make at home. Note, though, that you must make it in advance so it has time to chill. This is delicately spiced, but if you don't like spices in your coffee, try the vanilla variation below. Darrell is a food buddy of mine who lives in northern California, and he loves to drink this after a run. Cafe Arabe can be made a day ahead, but I think it tastes best the day it is made.
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. instant coffee
1 Tbsp. unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
1-1/2 c. boiling water
1 cinnamon stick, 3" long
6 whole cloves
2 pieces orange rind
each about 3" long by 1" wide (scrape off any white pith)
In medium heatproof bowl or four-cup liquid measure, combine sugar, coffee, and cocoa powder. Add boiling water; stir thoroughly to dissolve. Add cinnamon stick, whole cloves, and orange rind. Let stand at room temperature one hour, stirring occasionally. Strain to remove spices and orange rind, then chill until cold. Serve as is or over ice.
Makes 2 servings
Variation: Cafe a la Vanille
Make Cafe Arabe as above, but omit cinnamon stick and cloves. Before serving, stir in 1 Tbsp. vanilla. Great with a little milk added!
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