This officially marks the beginning of my new series: TGIF! Each Friday afternoon I’ll be bringing you a new cocktail or drink recipe to help kick-start your weekend. To set us off on the right foot I’ve got a delicious campfire treat – it’s best served with a side of smores and can be customized to suit your needs. I originally saw this recipe on House Beautiful // here // and my only modification here is that I find them best served over Irish Creme aka Baileys. These layered coffee & chocolate ice cubes over irish creme are just what you need to get the weekend started off right!
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You could easily modify these for coconut or almond milk and add any kind of liqueur you can think of. The sky is the limit! I’ve even got a fun one in mind with shredded coconut.
- 3 cups black coffee, cold
- ½ cup chocolate milk
- Irish Creme
- Ice cube tray – preferably a silicone one that makes for an easy pop-out so that you don’t have to run the tray under warm water first!
- Access to a freezer
Step 1: Start by planning your layers. I was working with a smaller tray, otherwise I would have had many more intricate layers. This little standard one did just fine though. I opted for the chocolate milk & coffee mix, but you could mix it up and use irish creme instead of coffee, and then add these to cold coffee – inverse it if you will.
Step 2: Add your first layer and then freeze it, about 15-20 mins. If you made the coffee just for this, make sure you chill the coffee so that it doesn’t melt previous layers each time you add it.
Step 3: Add your second layer, and repeat until the tray is full. Total time, maybe an hour start to finish unless you have a blast chiller.
Once these suckers are frozen solid, remove them from the tray and place them in a bowl or tupperware in your freezer for easy access and service. I placed mine in a cute ramekin for ease, and that made my life 100% easier when I wanted to bring the bowl out so that my guests could serve themselves.
Last night was a little chilly so I had the brazier going on the table // here // and brought out a sheepskin or two for the seating area.
To make your layered coffee & chocolate ice cubes over Irish Creme you need a lowball glass, a straw and a spoon or set of ice tongs.
Simply add the desired amount of ice cubes to the glass – don’t forget there is coffee in those, so too many may keep you up.
and then cover in a generous helping of irish creme! I can’t get enough of it during the winter, especially before Christmas, and at our last posting “coffeebaileys” (all one word) – as they called it – was the preferred beverage for mess events in the A.M.. I also happen to enjoy it by the campfire in the summer, especially with marshmallows and smores.
Do you like the funky glassware? Another thrifted find of mine. I snagged these guys locally in a set of 4 and have been using them for smaller, daintier beverages that require a lowball. I prefer scotch, whiskey, or anything with a big flavour and aroma to have a larger glass.
I made those colourful napkins last summer as part of the #12monthsofDIY series and you can view my tutorial // here //. I think they were the perfect compliment to my buffalo check table runner and all my summery accessories from the One Room Challenge and HomeSense // here //
I also have a major sweet tooth (ask Dan about it), so smores are an”always, all year, yes please, absolutely” kinda thing for me come summer time. I know you can cheat and use the digestif cookies already covered in chocolate, or add marshmallows inside a kinder egg (which is delicious) but a good ole’ fashioned graham cracker, Hershey’s chocolate and marshmallows are as close to childhood summers as we can get.