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Coffee-Cube After Dinner Drink

Published February 17, 2013 by jenmatteson

I can take zero credit for this amazing drink, but I absolutely had to share it with you.  One of the blogs I follow, Sore Legs and Scrambled Eggs, just posted this amazing after dinner drink (if you haven’t checked out her blog, you should, it about food and fitness!).  It is really simple, but the coffee ice cubes are the best part! Many people like to have coffee after dinner, and I’m no exception.  However, sometimes you want to spice it up just a little.

Coffee-Cube After Dinner Drink

Not only is this a great way to get a little caffeine fix, but also a brilliant idea to use up any leftover coffee in that huge pot you made this morning.  Coffee ice cubes!  They’re also great for making an iced coffee without the bummer of getting watered down by regular ol’ ice cubes.

Coffee Ice Cubes

The beauty of this drink, as Ashley eludes to, is that it continually gets better.  The flavors start out with just the liqueurs and vodka, but as the ice melts, you get a rich wonderful coffee flavor.  I substituted vanilla vodka for her cake vodka suggestion, but it’s only a matter of personal preference.  Whichever way you go, you should be sure to try one version or another of this fantastic after dinner drink.

Coffee-Cube After Dinner Drink

Coffee-Cube After Dinner Drink

Source: Adapted from Sore Legs and Scrambled Eggs
Servings: 1


3-4 coffee ice cubes
2 oz vanilla vodka
2 oz Kahlua
1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream


1. Place cubes in low ball.  Add vodka, Kahlua and Bailey’s.  Stir, or don’t 🙂  I prefer not to so the flavor continues to change throughout the drink.

Utilizing Your Ice Cube Trays

Published February 14, 2013 by jenmatteson

Do you ever need just a little of something, but don’t know what to do with the rest?  It happens to me all the time with tomato paste.  Recipes frequently call for 1-2 tbsp at a time, but not an entire can.  I don’t want a bunch of open cans in my fridge, or the stress of trying to use it up before it goes bad.  So, this is a wonderful alternative!  Spoon it out into ice cube trays.  Once they are frozen, pop them out and place them in a zip top freezer bag.  Viola!  When you need just a little, you’re all set.
Freezing tomato paste in ice cube trays

Freezing tomato paste

You can use this trick with many things other than just tomato paste.  Here is a list of great ways to use this same strategy:

  • Homemade Pesto: I made a huge batch last summer and froze it in ice cube trays.
  • Chipotle in Adobo: Be sure to blend or chop the chipotle, otherwise you might not get some pepper in all the cubes.
  • Coffee: Makes for great iced coffee.  Also, I just read this great blog post from my friend, Ashley, who uses these cubes in after dinner drinks.  My coffee-cube after dinner drink is an adapted version of her recipe.  Genius!
  • Leftover Herbs: Chop up, place in trays and fill with water to stock/broth.  Add to soups, sauces and stir fries.
  • Leftover Wine: But seriously, what is that?
  • Stocks/Broths: Great to add to many dishes for extra flavor.
  • Fresh Squeezed Juice: Perfect for when you need 1 tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • Heavy Cream and Buttermilk: Great for that little leftover you couldn’t use up before it goes bad.  You won’t be able to whip heavy cream once it’s been frozen, but you can still use it in sauces and baking.
  • Fresh Berries: Freeze fresh berries with a bit of water to throw into drinks and smoothies.

Here’s another helpful tip when using your cubes:

  • 1 cube = 2 tbsp
  • 2 cubes = 1/4 cup
  • 4 cubes = 1/2 cup
  • 8 cubes = 1 cup

What do you like to use your ice cube trays for?

Java Stout

Published July 7, 2012 by jenmatteson

I posted a few weeks back how excited I was for this beer, and boy was I right.  This beer is so delicious!  It has a deep coffee flavor, but it doesn’t taste heavy.  We brought it to our drinking tasting (the theme was beer…yes, just beer…nothing in particular) and went head to head against 11 other beers, ours being the only homebrew.  Well guess what?  We finally won our first drink tasting (the other tasting we won with the watermelon-mint jello shots took place after this one, and was a different tasting group – in case you were wondering).

Once we finish the basement and put in the bar with taps, this will have to be one that we have all the time.  While I want everyone I know to try it and see how good it is, I’m reluctant to share it because we have such a limited quantity right now.  I suppose we’ll have to make a few more batches for back ups!  We’ve shared quite a bit of this brew, and everyone seems to love it.  I think this might be one of my favorite beers…ever.

Java Stout


4 oz Peace Coffee Nicaraguan Blend
Munton’s 6 gm dry yeast
priming sugar

8 oz chocolate malt
4 oz flaked barley
4 oz caramel 60oL
4 oz roasted barley

1/2 oz challenger
1 oz tettnang

6 lbs dark LME

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