10 Ways to Have a Holly, Jolly, Coffee Christmas!

There are a lot of great ways to have a holly, jolly Christmas; writing letters to Santa, wrapping presents, baking pies, heating up hot cocoa, playing in the snow, decorating the tree.  But what if you want a holly, jolly coffee Christmas?  That’s right!  There are many different ways to stir a little coffee into your Christmas celebration.  From ripping open the presents in the morning to carving the ham for dinner, coffee can make many different appearances on Christmas Day!  Here’s 10 ways to have a holly, jolly coffee Christmas:

1.      Whip Up Some Coffee Egg Nog

There’s nothing like a good cup of egg nog during the holidays—but what about giving some coffee-flavored egg nog a try (sounds like the best of both worlds, doesn’t it?).  Best of all, coffee egg nog is super easy to make!

  • 1 and 1/3 cup of egg nog
  • 2 and 2/3 cup of hot, strong brewed coffee
  • The Roasterie Dizzy Three vodka (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Ground nutmeg (optional)

Simply heat up the eggnog in a large saucepan (don’t let it boil).  Then, stir in the coffee so that the two blend together evenly.  Pour into a mug and add a splash or two of Dizzy Three vodka for an added kick.  Finish up with a spray of whipped cream and sprinkle with ground nutmeg.  Delicious!

2.      Wake Up With a Holiday Blend

The kids may be wide awake at 5:30 in the morning on Christmas—but you may not be!  In order to wake up (and stay awake) during that early Christmas morning, be sure to brew a hot pot of your favorite blend.  We recommend our Holiday Blend, available for a limited time only.  It’s a festive blend that combines cinnamon, hazelnut and vanilla.

3.      Give Coffee-glazed Ham a Try

Say goodbye to your boring Christmas feast and hello to coffee-glazed ham!  You just need a few additional ingredients:

  • 1 butt-end, bone-in smoked ham (8 pounds or so)
  • 2 cups of brewed black coffee
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup coffee liqueur (or you could even try our Dizzy Three vodka!)
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard

While the ham cooks in a 300 degree oven for 1 hour, whisk together the coffee, brown sugar, liqueur and mustard and bring it to a boil.  Stir until the sauce thickens.  After the ham has cooked for about an hour, drench it with the sauce.  Put the ham back in the oven until it reaches 130 degrees.  Let the ham stand for about 15 minutes and then, it’s time for carving (finally!).

4.      Warm Your Home with Coffee Scented Candles

Coffee gives off an aroma that reminds us of warmth, home, holidays and family.  But it’s tough to keep a fresh pot of coffee brewing every moment just for the smell.  So why not buy some coffee-scented candles for your home this holiday season?  Just browse for your favorite coffee smells from Yankee Candle or in your local home decorating store.

5.      Coffee + Caroling = The Perfect Pair

Round up your neighbors and friends for a night of caroling…and don’t forget the coffee!  No night of caroling is complete without a freshly brewed pot of coffee and those traditional white Styrofoam cups (don’t be afraid to spike that coffee either!  You might need it!).  Or, surprise your fellow carolers for coffee and dessert at your home after the singing has ended.  What a treat!

6.      Assemble a Coffee Gift Basket

Not sure what to get your Secret Santa this year?  This coffee lover’s gift basket is the perfect present!  We combine all of the hottest Roasterie gifts all in one package to provide the best gift out there for the holiday season.  Put together this holiday gift basket with The Roasterie Kansas City Blend, The Roasterie Holiday Blend, our French Press Gift Set and Dizzy Three Vodka all in our iconic Roasterie Lunch Box!

7.      Stuff the Stockings with Coffee

There are great coffee stocking stuffers on the market today!  Include tea balls and strainers, coffee-flavored lip balm, measuring spoons, espresso tampers, espresso pods, mugs, coffee shop giftcards, coffee barbeque rub, and more into your stockings.

8.      Throw a Coffee-inspired Christmas Party

Everyone loves coffee—and everyone loves to party!  So why not throw together a coffee-inspired Christmas get-together?  Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to bring their favorite coffee dish or beverage to the party and share recipes.  You could even host your coffee-inspired Christmas party (or any holiday party for that matter!) at The Roasterie’s new event space, The Bean Hangar.

9.      Create Your Own Christmas Coffee

Feel like walking on the wild side?  It may be time to create your very own Christmas coffee!  Try this recipe to get started:

  • 1 pot of coffee (we recommend our Holiday Blend for this recipe)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Whipped cream (optional)

While preparing your coffee, heat water in a medium saucepan.  Then add the sugar, cocoa, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Bring to a low boil and stir for about one minute.  Next, add the coffee, cocoa and mixture together and top off with whipped cream.  It’s Christmas in a mug!!

10.   Top Off The Day with Chocolate Coated Coffee Crackle Crunch

Whether you’re making it for your neighbors or just want to enjoy it while watching A Christmas Story, this chocolate coated coffee crackle crunch (from DessertedPlanet.com) will truly top off your holiday.  The recipe is relatively simple:

  • 3 cups sugar
  • ½ cup strong brewed coffee
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 lb milk chocolate chips
  • 1 lb semi sweet chocolate chips

Coat a rimmed baking sheet with oil to get started.  Next, combine sugar, coffee and corn syrup in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.  Cook it over medium heat until about 310 degrees (use a candy thermometer).  Remove from heat and sprinkle baking soda over the syrup and whisk lightly.  Pour immediately onto the baking sheet and cool for about 45 minutes.

Cut the hardened candy into large chunks with a knife.  Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler and coat each piece of crackle with the gooey, chocolatey goodness.  Wait for the chocolate to dry (about 2 hours) and enjoy!

There are many ways to stir a little coffee into your Christmas—what’s your favorite?