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The Coffee Calendar: Yearly Recipes for Coffee Fans

Updated: Apr 2

January – Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Coffee Recipe

Kick off the year with a warm and comforting Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Coffee. This cozy beverage combines the rich, nutty flavors of hazelnut with the creamy, chocolaty goodness of hot chocolate, making it the perfect treat for cold January days. It's a delightful twist on your regular coffee routine and sure to become a winter favorite.


  • 1 cup of brewed hazelnut coffee (Use a strong brew to ensure the coffee flavor shines through.)

  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (Choose a high-quality cocoa powder for the best taste.)

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar (Adjust based on your sweetness preference.)

  • ½ cup of milk (Any kind of milk will work, whether dairy or plant-based.)

  • Whipped cream (For topping)

  • Chocolate shavings or hazelnut pieces (For garnish)

  • Optional: A dash of vanilla extract to enhance the flavor


  1. Prepare the Hazelnut Coffee: Brew your hazelnut coffee to your liking. Aim for a stronger brew to complement the cocoa powder's richness.

  2. Mix Cocoa and Sugar: In a saucepan, combine the cocoa powder and sugar. Add about 2 tablespoons of the brewed coffee to the saucepan and place it over medium heat. Stir continuously until the cocoa and sugar dissolve into a smooth paste. This step helps prevent lumps in your hot chocolate coffee.

  3. Combine Ingredients: Gradually whisk in the remaining hazelnut coffee along with the milk. Keep the heat to medium and stir the mixture until it's thoroughly heated. Avoid boiling to maintain the milk's sweetness and prevent scalding.

  4. Add Vanilla (Optional): If using, stir in a dash of vanilla extract into your hot chocolate coffee mixture. This enhances the overall flavor profile and adds a layer of warmth.

  5. Serve with Garnish: Pour the Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Coffee into your favorite mug. Top generously with whipped cream, and garnish with chocolate shavings or hazelnut pieces for an extra touch of indulgence.

  6. Enjoy: Savor your Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Coffee, letting the nutty, chocolaty flavors warm you up from the inside out. It's the perfect beverage to enjoy on a quiet winter morning or as an after-dinner treat.

Serving Suggestions: 

Pair your Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Coffee with a biscotti or your favorite shortbread cookies for a delightful snack. It also goes wonderfully with a warm blanket and a good book, making it the ultimate winter comfort beverage.

Enjoy this luxurious and comforting Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Coffee, a recipe sure to brighten the coldest January days.

February- Vanilla Rose Latte


  • 2 shots of espresso (or 120 ml of strong brewed coffee if you don't have an espresso machine)

  • 1 tablespoon rose water (adjust to taste)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup (store-bought or homemade)

  • 200 ml whole milk (substitute with any plant-based milk for a vegan version)

  • Dried rose petals for garnish (optional)

  • Freshly ground pink peppercorn for a subtle spicy kick (optional)

Homemade Vanilla Syrup (Optional, if making from scratch):

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • Espresso machine or coffee maker

  • Milk frother or a small whisk

  • Small saucepan (if making homemade vanilla syrup)

  • Measuring spoons

  • Serving glass


If Making Homemade Vanilla Syrup:
  1. Combine Sugar and Water: In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely.

  2. Add Vanilla: Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Allow it to cool, then transfer to a container for storage.

Making the Latte:
  1. Brew Espresso: Start by brewing your espresso or strong coffee into a large cup or glass.

  2. Mix Flavors: Stir the rose water, vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons of the vanilla syrup into the brewed coffee. Adjust the rose water and syrup quantities based on your taste preference.

  3. Froth the Milk: Heat the milk until it's warm but not boiling. Use a milk frother or whisk to froth the milk until it's smooth and foamy.

  4. Combine: Gently pour the frothed milk into the coffee mixture, holding back the foam with a spoon to let the milk mix in first, then spooning the foam on top.

  5. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with dried rose petals and a sprinkle of freshly ground pink peppercorn if using. Enjoy your beautifully aromatic Vanilla Rose Latte!

This Vanilla Rose Latte is a perfect way to add a little luxury to your daily routine or to impress your loved ones with a homemade specialty coffee. The floral aroma of rose, combined with the sweet depth of vanilla, makes this latte an unforgettable treat.

March - Irish Cream Coffee


For the Non-Alcoholic Irish Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream (or a dairy-free alternative for a vegan version)

  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules (dissolve in a tablespoon of hot water)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

For the Coffee:
  • 1 cup (240 ml) hot brewed strong coffee (preferably a robust blend to mimic the traditional Irish coffee flavor)

  • Whipped cream, for topping

  • Cocoa powder or chocolate shavings, for garnish


  • Blender or whisk

  • Coffee maker

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Serving mug


Preparing the Non-Alcoholic Irish Cream:
  1. Blend the Ingredients: In a blender, combine heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate syrup, dissolved instant coffee, vanilla extract, and almond extract if using. Blend until smooth. If you don't have a blender, whisk vigorously in a large bowl until well combined.

  2. Refrigerate: Transfer the mixture to a sealed container and refrigerate. This homemade Irish cream can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Brewing the Coffee and Assembly:
  1. Brew Coffee: Brew 1 cup of strong coffee. The strength of the coffee is crucial as it needs to balance the sweetness of the Irish cream.

  2. Warm the Irish Cream: Gently warm about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the homemade Irish cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Do not boil, just warm it through.

  3. Combine: Pour the hot coffee into a large mug, followed by the warmed non-alcoholic Irish cream. Stir well to combine.

  4. Top and Garnish: Top with a dollop of whipped cream. Garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or chocolate shavings for an extra special touch.

Enjoy your homemade Irish Cream Coffee, a perfect beverage to warm up your March and celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style. This recipe provides a wonderful balance of coffee, creaminess, and a hint of chocolate, ensuring a delightful experience in every sip.

April - Caramel Spring Iced Coffee


  • 1 cup (240 ml) cold brew coffee (See instructions below if making from scratch)

  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce, plus more for drizzling

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk or a dairy-free alternative

  • Ice cubes

  • Whipped cream, for topping (optional)

  • Sea salt flakes, for a salted caramel twist (optional)

For Homemade Cold Brew Coffee (Optional):

  • 1 cup (100g) coarsely ground coffee beans

  • 4 cups (960 ml) water


  • Large jar or pitcher (for cold brew, if making)

  • Coffee filter or cheesecloth (for cold brew, if making)

  • Measuring spoons and cups

  • Glass for serving


If Making Homemade Cold Brew Coffee:
  1. Combine Coffee and Water: In a large jar, mix the ground coffee with water. Stir well to ensure all the grounds are fully saturated.

  2. Steep Overnight: Cover and let the mixture steep at room temperature for 12-24 hours, depending on how strong you prefer your cold brew.

  3. Strain: After steeping, strain the coffee through a coffee filter or cheesecloth into a clean jar or pitcher. Your cold brew concentrate is ready. Store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it.

Preparing the Caramel Spring Iced Coffee:
  1. Prepare the Coffee: Fill a glass with ice cubes to the brim. Pour 1 cup of cold brew coffee over the ice.

  2. Add Caramel: Stir in 2 tablespoons of caramel sauce until fully dissolved. Adjust the amount based on your preference for sweetness.

  3. Add Milk: Pour in the milk or your choice of dairy-free alternative. Stir well to combine everything together.

  4. Garnish: Top with whipped cream if desired, and drizzle with additional caramel sauce. For a salted caramel version, sprinkle a few sea salt flakes on top.

Enjoy your Caramel Spring Iced Coffee, a perfect blend of sweet, creamy, and coffee flavors that's sure to refresh and delight. This drink is not only easy to make but also wonderfully versatile, allowing you to adjust the sweetness and strength to suit your taste. It's an ideal companion for those sunny April afternoons.


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