In Trieste, where illy is located, we have the chilling, gale force winds called the Bora during our winter months. On the upside, that means that we also have a long history of creating alcoholic beverages that will help warm you up. While winters in New York aren’t nearly so bad (nothing is) these coffee cocktails will keep you feeling cozy until Spring. We like to use illy for these, but you can always substitute other brands. Whiskey Cream Lattes Great to serve at a wintry brunch, the illy Guatemala Huehuetenango coffee is the sweetest of the MonoArabica single origins. Its honey and caramel notes make for an excellent pairing with whiskey cream. Ingredients – 2 espresso shots of illy’s MonoArabica Guatemala Single Origin coffee – 1oz of Whiskey Cream e.g. Baileys – 5oz of Whole Milk – Grated Domori Chocolate Preparation: 1. Pour Whiskey Cream into glass 2. Add 2 shots of Guatemala espresso coffee 3. Stir until completely blended 4. Steam the milk like you would for lattes 5. Pour on top of coffee and whiskey cream mixture 6. Garnish with grated Domori chocolate
Domori and Rum Hot Chocolate Drink Chocolate and rum is a great mix! If you’re a cigar smoker, try this after dinner, as you’ll find it really brings out the flavor in a cigar. Ingredients – Domori Puertomar Dark Chocolate x 25 grammes – 1oz of water – 1oz White Rum – Cold foam using skimmed milk – 1/3oz Vanilla Syrup Preparation: 1. Boil water and pour into a serving jug sat in large saucepan of boiling water – in the jug, melt the chocolate in 1oz of hot water, stir until melted completely. 2. Add 1oz of white Rum and stir well then pour it into a illy freddo glass. 3. Combine 1/3oz vanilla syrup and 3-4oz of cold skimmed milk and whip it using a milk-shaker (no milk-shaker option: Use a Aerolatte or steam the milk with the espresso machine and use only the foam). 4. Pour the foam over the chocolate. Domori Chocolate is available from Eataly, 200 5th Avenue, 212.229.2560
Amore for Date Night Illy created this recipe 14 years ago in Italy and it has become such a seasonal favorite that we serve in many of our cafes. It’s a variation of an Irish coffee, but it’s a sweeter version – which is very popular with women! This is a perfect winter cocktail to share with your sweetheart. Ingredients – 2 shots of illy blend espresso – 1 1/2oz Disaronno Amaretto Liqueur – 2oz full fat cream slightly whipped – For the garnish 2 coffee beans and cane sugar Preparation: 1. In a small steaming pitcher, add amaretto. 2. Heat the liqueur for a few seconds using the steam wand on your espresso machine. Pour into a 6-ounce freddo glass. 3. Prepare espressos and add to the serving glass. Gently stir. 4. In a small bowl or mixing cup add heavy cream. Lightly whip so that it is still a liquid. 5. Starting at the center of the glass, slowly pour/float cream on top of the coffee. 6. Garnish with coffee beans and dusting of cane sugar. Riccardo Illy’s The Last Slope After a grueling skiing trip, I returned home and wanted something warming and revitalizing. So I created The Last Slope. I now serve it every holiday season. The Dammann Jardin Bleu tea is the key ingredient, while the rhubarb, wild strawberries, cornflower petals and sunflower petals help balance the bourbon. It can be served as a shot or as a hot toddy in a festive mug. Ingredients – 1 tea bag of Dammann Jardin Bleu Tea – 10oz Water – 1oz Bourbon – Sugar for taste – use white sugar as doesn’t effect the final taste as much as cane sugar would Preparation: 1. Infuse the tea bag in 10oz of water (just below boiling) for 4 mins 2. Add 1oz of Bourbon 3. Serve in shot glasses or mugs Dammann Tea is available from 2 Beans, 100 Park Ave, 212.937.8914, www.2beans.com Riccardo Illy is the current Chairman of Gruppo illy and Vice Chairman of illycaffè. Giorgio Milos is a master barista certified as a trainer by the Specialty coffee Association of Europe and the Specialty Coffee Association of America. Gruppo Illy strive to deliver the world’s best in their category and these include Mastrojanni Wine, Domori Chocolate and of course illy coffee.