Chocolate, hazelnut, and coffee all pair up beautifully, no matter which two you pick, so why not put all three together? For the alcohol, that means Frangelico, a hazelnut-infused liqueur; for the whipped cream, a good dose of Dutch-process cocoa powder. Do I even need to say that it works? Of course it does!
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- Swapping out the booze in a traditional Irish coffee opens up a world of flavor combinations.
- 1 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder (1/2 ounce; 15g), plus more for dusting
- 1 teaspoon (4g) sugar
- Tiny pinch kosher salt
- 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream
- 6 ounces (175ml) hot black coffee
- 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur)
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) 2:1 simple syrup (see note)
Combine cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and heavy cream in a mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer. Beat, using the whisk attachment, electric beaters, or a whisk, until dry ingredients are evenly incorporated and cream forms soft peaks.
Combine hot coffee, Frangelico, and simple syrup in a prewarmed mug. (You can prewarm it by pouring hot water into it, letting it stand for 1 minute, then draining.) Using a spoon, dollop whipped cream on top of coffee and top with a dusting of cocoa powder. Serve right away. (Note that you may have more whipped cream than the mug can accommodate; feel free to add more as you drink, or use some for the next round.)