Fall For Our “Special” Coffee Recipes



When I was 12 years old, my Grandma began taking me for dinner at Savalas, a local restaurant that became “our restaurant.” She would pick me up, leaving my parents and siblings behind in a cloud of dust as we headed off into the sunset for our night out. She told my family that my love of escargot was the reason she took just me, but I know it was because I was her second-born favorite (my older cousin holds the title of firstborn favorite.) We’d arrive at Savalas and she’d ask for a corner table. I don’t even know if I truly liked escargot in the beginning but I ate it like a champ just to spend that special time with my Grandma and, over the years, I grew to love the taste of those slimy little buggers. Grandma would order wine and I’d have a Pepsi. From our first dinner date at Savalas to our last, she’d sneak me sips of wine throughout our dinner. Every dinner was the same: we’d share an order of escargot, have dinner and then Grandma would order 2 “special” coffees. Each dinner featured a different type of coffee. Monte Cristo, Irish, Bavarian or Spanish. After the waitress delivered the coffees and walked away, my Grandma would slide one over for me to drink. Apparently, the liquor laws were either a little more lax back then and they didn’t give a shit or my Grandma knew the best corner table to sit at to avoid detection. Fall always reminds me of those moments and nothing warms you up from the inside out better than a hot liqueur coffee.


*When we made our “special” coffee at home, my Grandma told me to warm up the Irish coffee glass/mug before filling it with the ingredients to keep it warm longer.

  • Boil a kettle and fill the Irish coffee glass with boiling water while you get everything ready


  • Fill the Irish coffee glass with water and heat it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes while you get everything ready.
  • Do not use chilled liqueurs as this will also bring down the temperature of the drink.

*For years we’ve used freshly ground coffee beans to make our coffee. I hate when my highly anticipated first cup of morning coffee looks and tastes like I’m drinking watered down cream with a little bit of coffee flavor. Good quality medium to dark roast freshly ground coffee beans that are brewed thick and rich is what we use – especially for our “special” coffee.


Spanish Coffee

  • 1⁄2 oz Tia Maria coffee liqueur
  • 1⁄2 oz Bacardi Rum
  • 6 oz thick & rich hot coffee
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherry
  1. Pour the liqueurs into a warmed Irish coffee glass
  2. Add the hot coffee
  3. Top with whipped cream and a cherry

monte cristo

Monte Cristo Coffee

  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • 1 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier liqueur
  • 6 oz thick & rich hot coffee
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherry
  1. After warming the Irish coffee glass, moisten the rim with lemon juice and dip it into the sugar
  2. Pour the liqueurs into the glass
  3. Add coffee
  4. Top with whipped cream and a cherry


Irish Cream Coffee

  • 4 oz thick & rich hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 oz ​Irish whiskey
  • 2 tsp ​brown sugar
  • 1 oz lightly whipped ​whipping cream – use a whip or fork and vigorously whip the cream until it’s light and fluffy
  1. Pour the sugar into a warmed Irish coffee glass
  2. Add the coffee
  3. Stir until dissolved
  4. Add the Irish whiskey and stir again
  5. Float the cream on top of the coffee by pouring it over the back of a spoon
  6. Do not stir again
  7. Drink the coffee through the cream


Bavarian Coffee

  • ½ oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • ½ oz Kahlúa
  • 5 oz thick & rich hot coffee
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • Grated chocolate
  1. Pour the liqueurs into a warmed Irish coffee glass
  2. Add the coffee
  3. Add the sugar and stir
  4. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

peppermint patty

Hot Peppermint Patty

  • 1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1/2 oz Dark Crème de Cacao
  • 1/4 oz Crème de Menthe
  • Hot chocolate mix added to boiling water, to taste
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings or chocolate syrup
  1. Pour the liqueurs into a warmed Irish coffee glass
  2. Add hot chocolate
  3. Top with whipped cream
  4. Garnish with shaved chocolate or drizzle with chocolate syrup

~A wonderful Italian couple invited us for dinner this evening. After dinner she made me an espresso with a little something special in it. It was hands down the best espresso I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. I’ve never liked Scotch whiskey but this espresso was sweet, gently flavored and smooth. It was the perfect end to a wonderful meal.~


Spiked Espresso

  • Grant’s Scotch Whiskey
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 2 demitasse spoons of brown sugar
  1. Make the espresso
  2. Add just a taste of Grant’s Scotch Whiskey to a demitasse cup
  3. Add the brown sugar
  4. Pour the espresso into the cup and stir
  5. Serve immediately

~C. Dolly~


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