Because The Holiday Season Means Drinking Booze At Inappropriate Times Of The Day

I’m going to disguise this post as a way to use up your mint jelly. Isn’t that one of those jars that ends up sitting in the fridge for ages, after you had one roast leg of lamb back in April, and now you have 3/4 of a jar left, still just sitting there, looking kind of sad and unappealing? That’s how it is at our house.

So. This isn’t about putting Jack Daniels in your coffee at 8 a.m., it’s about cleaning out the fridge.

I swear.Cleaning out the pantry, too…  That bottle of creme de cacao that I bought back in May, when the strawberries were starting to come in, to make chocolate-strawberry jam? I used about half a cup of it and the rest is just sitting there in the pantry, looking neglected and lonely.

This is what you should do with all that stuff.

No, Honey, This is Special Coffee For Grownups

Makes: 1 cocktail

Cook Time: 2 minutes longer than however long it takes to make a batch of coffee




  • 1 c. freshly brewed coffee
  • anywhere between a splash and an ounce of whiskey, depending on how serious you are
  • 1/2 ounce of baileys
  • 1/2 ounce of creme de cacao*
  • 1 tbs. mint jelly
  • 1/4 c. whipped cream
  • 1 peppermint puff candy
  • optional: cream and sugar, to taste, depending on how sweet you like your coffee

Once the coffee is finished brewing, heat up 1 c. in a small saucepan and stir in the mint jelly.  Simmer for 1-2 minutes to melt the jelly into the coffee.  In a coffee cup, measure out the whiskey and the creme de cacao.  Pour in the hot coffee and stir everything well.  Add a pinch of sugar and some cream if you like.  Pour the Bailey’s in last, and top with whipped cream.  Crush a peppermint puff candy by placing the flat part of a chef’s knife on top of the candy with the base of your palm.  Sprinkle the crushed candy on top of the whipped cream.

Drink up!

*This makes a pretty boozy cup of coffee. If you want something a little less knock-your-socks-off, substitute chocolate syrup or some cocoa powder instead of the chocolate liqueur.



This recipe is all about fun things to put in your coffee and then more fun things to put on your coffee. If you happen to have any of these things lying around, they’re all pretty good ideas, (but not necessarily all at the same time, of course):


  • egg nog (especially the soy stuff!) & rum
  • amaretto
  • other flavors of jelly or jam, like raspberry or apricot, especially with coordinating liqueurs
  • extracts like vanilla or hazelnut


  • crushed candy canes
  • a very small scoop of peppermint, chocolate, coffee or vanilla ice cream either instead of or in addition to the whipped cream
  • a drizzle of hot caramel or fudge
  • chocolate shavings