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A PROPER Coffee, featuring Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey

Here at basil & salt we LOVE our coffee, so when I was kicking around inclusions for Cocktail Week, I made sure a few coffee cocktails made the cut.

Technically, basil & salt’s cocktail week doesn’t kick-off until September 1st, but I thought I would sneak this one in early.

Created by: Sonnu Verdini – Bar Manager, TRADE | Boston, MA


  • 2 ounces Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
  • 1.5 ounce Boston Harbor Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 ounce Mandarine Napoleon
  • .5 ounce Benedictine


  1. Shake/strain into a Nick and Nora glass.
  2. Garnish with hand-whipped cream and coffee beans.

Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear and a delicious cocktail or two

When September arrives,  the collection of recipes commences.  By November, I have a pretty large variety of main dishes, desserts and appetizers in the recipe book for holiday gatherings, dinners and cocktails parties.  The difficult part, is choosing which ones to use.  Our first step is to create a theme of flavors.  Our main dish for our first soiree, is a stuffed pork roast, although I haven’t settled on the “interior” as of yet.  There are so many delicious combinations and as I choose appetizers, desserts and cocktails, it will narrow my choices.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars by Closet Cooking.  Is it wrong to begin with dessert?  Never.  A taste of two of something divine while assembling the appetizers is always allowed.  The recipe is simple, and you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry or cupboard.  Shopping list;  butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, sugar, cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, Granny Smith apples, nutmeg, flour, old-fashioned oats, heavy cream and coarse salt.  Full recipe and method here.  While you are over at Closet Cooking printing this recipe, take a tour.  This is a magnificent and informative site and you have the option of signing up for Kevin’s newsletter and downloading his free e-book, Best of Closet Cooking.

Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear

Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear

Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear by Southern Living Magazine.  A salty, sweet appetizer that is both gorgeous and simple.  If you have time constraints of any kind and would like flavors that dance in your mouth while keeping you on schedule, this is an appetizer you must try.  Shopping list; Pancetta, Bartlett pear, goat cheese, cracked pepper, honey and fresh thyme.  Full recipe and method

Grey Goose Ginger Joy Cocktail

Grey Goose Ginger Joy Cocktail

Grey Goose Ginger Joy Cocktail by TheNibble.com  I always present two cocktails to my guests, of course they always have the option of putting in a request for something different or creating their own if they are in the mood for another flavor. This is the perfect libation for the holidays.  Shopping list; Grey Goose La Poire pear flavored vodka, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur,  simple syrup, lemon juice and pear or crystallized ginger for garnish.  Full recipe and method here.

Classic Irish Coffee

Classic Irish Coffee

Classic Irish Coffee Tis the season for something warm.  While this traditionally is an after dinner or before climbing under the covers warm up, I have found guests ask for it before dinner as well.  A bit of caffeine gives them a wake-up shot after a long day at the office and they are ready for Friday evening festivities and great cuisine.  Shopping list;  Irish whiskey, hot coffee, brown sugar and heavy cream.  Full recipe and method here

I haven’t settled on the rest of the menu yet, I still have a little time to put that together, however this is an excellent beginning.

Hot Nights, Intoxicating Beverages

The holiday season is in full swing, fabulous cocktail parties and family gatherings are happening every Friday and Saturday evening and it just might be time to take a deep breath, slow it down, lock the front door and spend an evening in the warm glow of candlelight.

Light the logs (or flip the switch) and start a hot fire blazing in the hearth, put on soft music, twinkle lights and shut out the noise and possibly the entire world.  It is the perfect setting for a night together, heating up the blankets and sipping on something warm and intoxicating.

Here are a few of my favorite hot beverages to heat up a cold winter’s night.

Photo: MacKenzie Smith for Saveur.com

Bourbon Chai
Photo: MacKenzie Smith for Saveur.com

Bourbon Chai ~ Savuer.com

Black tea, cardamom pods, crushed allspice berries, crushed black peppercorns, cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla bean, almond milk, honey and bourbon.  A delicious blend for a cold night.

You can find the full recipe and more tasty concoctions here.

Photo: Rob Howard for Food & Wine

Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies
Photo: Rob Howard for Food & Wine

Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies ~ Food & Wine

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups apple brandy, preferably Calvados
  • Eight 3 – inch cinnamon sticks

In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil.  Remove from the heat and stir in the honey until dissolved.  Stir in the lemon juice and apple brandy.  Set a cinnamon stick in each of 8 mugs or heatproof glasses, pour in the hot liquid and serve.

Irish Coffee~Photo:  Williams-Sonoma

Irish Coffee
Photo: Williams-Sonoma

Irish Coffee ~ Williams-Sonoma

A very simple concoction for a cold winters night…

  • 8 teaspoons sugar, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup of whiskey
  • 2 cups hot brewed coffee or as needed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, lightly beaten to form soft peaks

Place 2 teaspoons sugar in each of 4 mugs.  Add 2 Tablespoons of whiskey to each mug, then fill with coffee.  Hold a spoon, rounded side up, over each mug and slowly pour the cream over the spoon, floating it on top of the coffee ~ serves 4

Hot Rum CoffeePhoto:  Williams-Sonoma

Hot Rum Coffee
Photo: Williams-Sonoma

Hot Rum Coffee ~ Williams Sonoma

A delicious blend to heat up a chilly evening ~ hot coffee, half-and-half, sugar, ground cardamom, grated nutmeg, amber rum and a touch of grated chocolate for garnish.  Williams-Sonoma has a few hot holiday beverages on their site to choose from.  Poke around a bit and print a few out for your cocktail / spirits binder for future reference.

Grand CoffeeGrand Marnier for Liquor.com

Grand Coffee
Grand Marnier for Liquor.com

Grand Coffee ~ Liquor.com

I have seen this beverage floating around the internet for a few days now, but it is so gorgeous and incredibly tasty, I simply had to share with you.  When you visit their site you will be amazed at the variety of options right at your fingertips.

  • 1 oz Grand Marnier, warmed
  • 3 oz hot brewed coffee
  • .75 oz brown sugar syrup ( 1 part brown sugar, 1 part water ) if desired
  • whipped cream for garnish

Pour all ingredients into a mug or heat-proof highball glass and stir.  Spoon about 2 tablespoons of whipped cream on top.

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Contributor List

Grand Coffee ~ Liquor.com, Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies ~ Food & Wine, Irish Coffee and Hot Rum Coffee ~ Williams-Sonoma, Bourbon Chai ~ Saveur.com