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A Tasteful Holiday and a Giveaway: Coffee Cocktails with Nespresso

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With frigid winter conditions bearing down on most of the country, and Christmas right around the corner, a nice hot something—with a little kick—sure would feel nice right about now. Coffee cocktails have long been popular, but it seems they're getting extra attention this year. In the spirit of the holidays (and keeping warm), we've put together our favorite coffee cocktails, featuring Nespresso coffees. While any high-quality espresso shot will work, many of these cocktails (especially those from Nespresso itself) are specifically designed with a particular strength or flavor profile pod in mind.

Want to make the drinks, but lack a Nespresso machine? Enter here to win the Nespresso Pixie Steel espresso machine and an accompanying Aeroccino milk frother. Just send an email to mynespressofix at gmail dot com with the subject head "Tasteful Holiday Giveaway" by midnight, December 23st. We will randomly draw one lucky winner, and notify them by December 25th.

Cinnamon Dreams
(from Robert Haynes-Peterson)

  • 1 shot Nespresso Masala Chai poured as a lungo
  • 2 oz Kahlua Peppermint Mocha

Rinse a coffee mug in hot water to warm, discard water. Add Kahlua Peppermint Mocha, then hot coffee. Top with lightly whipped cream, if desired.

Press On, Laddie
(From's 5 Best Ways to Drink a Stout Beer)

  • 1 shot Nespresso Ristretto
  • 3/4 Pint BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout

Brew one hot shot of Ristretto / dark Espresso, and pour into a pint glass. Top with stout beer.

(Not) Buttered Rum
(by Andrea Robinson for Nespresso)

  • 2 oz Myer's Dark Rum
  • 1 shot Nespresso Carmelito
  • 3/4 oz DeKuyper Buttershots Liqueur

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously to a slow 10-count. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

SugarPlum Visions
(Robert Haynes-Peterson)

  • 1 or 2 shots Nespresso Vanilio
  • 1 oz Frangelico (Hazelnut Liqueur)
  • 1 oz Bailey's Vanilla Cinnamon Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Fresh grated Cinnamon

Rinse a coffee mug or Irish coffee glass with hot water to warm, discard water. Layer Frangelico and Bailey's Vanilla Cinnamon at the bottom of the glass. Pour a lungo shot of Nespresso Vanilio (or two Espresso shots for a stronger drink). Dash bitters on the crema (foam). Grate a small amount of fresh cinnamon on top of that.

Peppermint Patti
(by Andrea Robinson for Nespresso)

  • 1 oz premium vodka
  • 1 oz white Creme de Cacao
  • 1/2 oz White Creme de Menthe
  • 1 short shot Nespresso Cioccatino or Arpeggio

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

CONTEST RULES: One lucky reader of this column has the chance to win a Nespresso Pixie Steel espresso machine and Aeroccino+ milk frother (total value approximately $300). Simply email MyNespressoFix @ with "TASTEFUL HOLIDAYS GIVEAWAY" in the subject line. The giveaway is open until midnight, December 23rd, 2013. One name will be drawn at random from all eligible entrants, and the winner notified via email for mailing information. Neither Nespresso USA nor are responsible for any of the details of this giveaway, and can not be held responsible for any part of the giveaway or any issues resulting from it. Taxes, if any, are the responsibility of the prizewinner. For this contest, you must be 21 or older to participate. No purchase necessary.

This post was created in connection with my appointment as a Nespresso Club Blogger. Author is not compensated for the position, nor is required to post any specific information, opinions or reviews. Author receives advance samples of new product for review and access to news and information about Nespresso products, events and spokespeople. Feel free to follow my Tumblr feed at


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FTC Disclaimer: The author sometimes receives product samples for review, which carry no cash value and cannot be re-sold, and sometimes attends press events such as lunches or cocktail parties, designed to promote a given product. The author is not paid by any alcohol manufacturer, retailer or distributor, or provided compensation apart from revenue from an assigning publishing company for editorial publication. Opinions are the author's own. By the way, you should be 21 or older to read this page. Author is an Official Club Nespresso Blogger for 2013. Author receives no compensation for the position, but does receive advance product samples for review and event coverage access.



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