Thursday, September 29, 2016

National Coffee Day

For the coffee lover, there's no better treat to go with a cup
of coffee than a plate full of Coffee Kisses cookies.
September 29th is National Coffee Day, and many local coffee houses are offering free cups of coffee or other perks on this day!  (Pun intended.)

September weather often allows us many ways to enjoy our favorite beverage (second only to afternoon tea, of course!).

On cold, chilly September mornings, a nice hot cup of coffee is a wonderful way to start the day.  I've already had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season, thanks to my darling niece who brought me one just a couple of days ago!  But when the temperatures climb throughout the day, or when Indian Summer comes along for an extended stay, a tasty iced coffee beverage or cold brewed coffee keeps us awake and moving through the afternoon.

In fact, a cool coffee punch is a wonderful way to entertain your guests at your next gathering. In honor of National Coffee Day, enjoy our Mocha Milk Punch recipe from a vintage copy of our "The Tea Times" newsletter from back in the day ...

Mocha Milk Punch
1/2 gallon (64 oz) strong hot coffee
1 cup sugar
1/2 gallon (64 oz) chocolate ice cream
1 can whipped cream
ground cinnamon

Combine the coffee and sugar in a large punch bowl, and stir until the sugar dissolves; chill well.  Fold in ice cream just before serving.  As you ladle each serving, spritz whipped cream and sprinkle the cinnamon on top of each cup.  Yield: about 1 gallon (128 oz) of punch.

Enjoy all the special days ahead with coffee and Afternoon Tea!

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