This drink is brilliant without the coffee too

DF, my husband, brought we a wonderful bottle of  Black Forest Cherry Brandy for a recipe Sydney and I are working on; once we tasted the brandy a plethora of  ideas began pouring out of our mouths. It was quite the scene, both Sydney and I tossing out ideas at the same time and asking each other to repeat what the other had just recited. Both of us enjoy coffee, espressos, and cappuccinos; we started mixing different types liquors with the cherry brandy and cinnamon. Finally we arrived at Very Cherry Berry, it so happens it is delicious without the coffee for a summertime drink. I had DF try a mug, and he dislikes coffee. Sydney thought if dad, DF, enjoyed the drink than it must be heavenly.

Topped with créme frâiche/ whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon it accidentally became a holiday Christmas drink. We have served this at few gathering and everyone always asks for the recipe.

Very Cherry Berry Coffee:

per *-ounce mug

1/2-ounce Black Forrest Kirsh Cherry Brandy

1-ounce Kahlúa

1- ounce Créme de Cassis

5 1/2 ounces Coffee

Prepare your mise en place.

Mise en place

Measure 1-ounce of Créme de Cassis in a shot glass.

Créme de cassis is one of my favorites

Pour the cassis liqueur into the 8-ounce mug.

The order of the liquor makes huge difference

Measure the Black Forrest Kirsh in the same shot glass.

A full ounce is a little too strong, 1/2- ounce is perfect though

Pour the cherry brandy directly over the cassis.

Be sure to use Black Forrest; Herring tastes like cough syrup

Measure 1-ounce to 1 1/2-ounce of Kahlúa.

1 to 1 1/2-ounce works fine

Pour the Kahlúa last, prior to the coffee.

Kahlúa is the perfect accompaniment to this drink

Pour enough coffee to fill the glass mug leaving enough room for a mixture of whipped créme frâiche and/or heavy whipping cream.

I prefer a coffee press for the flavor

Sprinkle with cinnamon over the whip créme/cream.


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