In the middle of winter, I am thinking of summer. I love winter—cross country skiing, cocoa by the fireplace, snowshoeing, Mexican coffee by the fireplace, eagle watching on the nature trail, hot buttered rum by the distillery fireplace.
Really, it is beautiful. Outside the French doors of my cabin is a beautiful clump birch and in the morning, when I sit with my coffee, it seems to emerge from the shadows and dance with joy when the light strikes it.
Okay, it’s winter. Indulge me a flight of fancy now and then, and I’ll make that Mexican coffee for you.
For each drink:
½ ounce tequila
½ ounce kahlua
1 cup hot, strong brewed coffee
1/4 to 1/3 vanilla ice cream
dash of cinnamon, optional
Set out the ice cream. You want it partially melted.
Make the coffee. (How much you’ll need depends on the size of your serving cup. Use clear glass if you can, for presentation.)
Combine the tequila and kahlua in the serving cup. Pour in the coffee, add the ice cream, and dash of cinnamon. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
What’s your favorite part of winter? (And don’t tell me “It ends.”)
Death al Dente is the first in the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, published by Berkley Prime Crime in August 2013. The series is set in a small, lakeside resort community in Northwest Montana, on the road to Glacier Park. Guess where my author, Leslie Budewitz, lives! Watch for Crime Rib, coming in July 2014.
Leslie is also a lawyer and won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books). Visit her at www.LeslieBudewitz.com or www.LawandFiction.com