Alas – it’s the last day of our Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup! We have two more great posts from awesome authors – read on for a caffeine fix!
In my new book, The Solid Grounds Coffee Company, ex–rock climber Bryan Shaw opens a coffee-roasting business in Denver . . . and ropes his friend and longtime love interest, marketing expert Analyn Sanchez, into helping him. And while the characters in the story are more concerned with third-wave roasting methods and black coffee made by pour-over, I happen to know that no one can resist a Valentine’s Day latte. Filled with chocolate-covered cherry goodness, even a coffee purist won’t be able to resist this “dessert-in-a-mug” take on chocolate-covered cherries.
DARK-CHOCOLATE CHERRY MOCHA
Makes: 1 serving
4 ounces very strong coffee or espresso
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate (70% cacao or higher)
8 ounces whole milk, 2% milk, or almond milk
2 ounces sour cherry juice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar (or) 2 tablespoons unflavored simple syrup
Whipped cream (optional)
Chocolate shavings or sprinkles (optional)
Combine half of the milk with the chocolate in a double boiler and whisk over low heat until melted. Whisk in remaining milk, vanilla, salt, and sugar until dissolved and heated through. Add espresso and sour cherry juice to the bottom of a 16-ounce mug, pour in mocha mixture, and stir gently. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings or sprinkles, if desired.
Simply double or quadruple recipe to share with friends or that special someone.
COMMENT TO WIN: Who would you love to share a cup of coffee with this Valentine’s Day? Real, fiction, celebrity, character from a book – the sky’s the limit! Leave a comment with your coffee mate and you’ll be entered to win a copy of THE SOLID GROUNDS COFFEE COMPANY, US & Canada only. Good Luck!
Don’t Forget: we’ve had a FULL week of lovely posts to celebrate Valentine’s Day with food and giveaways:
Analyn Sanchez can handle the long hours and arrogant clients that come with her job as a crisis management associate at Denver’s largest publicity firm. The high-powered job, expensive condo, and designer wardrobe are all part of her plan to prove to her family that her life choices haven’t been in vain. But when she’s asked to cover up a client’s misdeeds with serious moral and legal ramifications, she can no longer sacrifice her conscience for her career . . . and the cost is no less than her job.
Ever since a devastating climbing accident in South America eight months ago, and a bad decision that dried up his sponsorships, professional rock climber Bryan Shaw has found himself at similar loose ends. When the opportunity to buy a coffee farm in Colombia arises, he jumps on it—only to discover his wandering ways have left him utterly unprepared to run a business.
When Bryan returns home and offers Ana a role in his company as a solution to both their problems, she’s desperate enough to consider working with the far-too-flippant and far-too-handsome climber, even though he’s the polar opposite of her type A nature. As they delve deeper into the business, however, she begins to suspect there’s much more to Bryan than she’s given him credit for . . . and that sometimes the best plans are the ones you never see coming.
About Carla Laureano
Carla Laureano has held many job titles–professional marketer, small business consultant, and martial arts instructor–but writer is by far her favorite. She currently lives in Denver with her patient husband and two rambunctious sons, who know only that Mom’s work involves lots of coffee and talking to imaginary people.