Carl’s Coffee

Welcome to Mid-Week Mixers. For the second in our exotic coffee series, Naomi is not only giving us the recipe for Carl’s Coffee, but the story behind the story. Have fun.DSCN0135[1]

We have a restaurant in our town called Art and Alma’s,  Century Inn. This  restaurant is as old as the town itself. Although the food is really good, the  bar is great! They have a bartender there by the name of Brenda. Brenda came to Burlington by way of a snazzy restaurant in Denver. Let’s just say that she is  quite the mixologist and I love to pick her brain.

Pat and I had  meandered in there for dinner one night and stopped by the bar on our way out to  grab a drink before the walk back home. Looking up on the “bar board”, I noticed  a drink called “Carl’s Coffee” and it got me to wonderin’. I asked Brenda what  it was… she described it…I ordered it and the rest is history.

Now,  poor Brenda,who as I said is a mixologist, not your run of the mill bartender or  drink pourer, can never get away from me asking 50 million questions, as she is  making my drinks (or anyone elses drinks, for that matter) and this drink was no  different. I am almost like a five year old child with the “what, who, why and  where” questions. If it was me, I would have been diving into the back room when  I saw me mosey up to the bar, but not Brenda. She is a trooper and answers my  questions!!

So, thanks to Carl who gave the recipe to Brenda and here we  go:

Ahhh, just playin’….A few pointers first:

1) Use a clear  glass coffee mug, if available. This is a beautiful drink and it really needs to  be shown off.

2) You are not limited to  the Kahlua mentioned in the  “formal” recipe and,  in fact, the real recipe calls for Tia Maria. I didn’t  have it at the time and found out the Kahlua and Tia Maria are basically the  same type of liqueur. One is from Jamaica (Tia Maria) and one is from Mexico.  OK, enough for the liqueur lessons! I have also used the flavors of Kahlua  (although the cream based ones detract from the beauty of this drink), Di Sarrono and Frangelico.

3) Be sure to use heavy whipping cream, NOT HALF  AND HALF!! Trust me, the first time I made this, I screwed it up and used the  half and half!

Now, here we go:


5 oz HOT  coffee
1 shot Kahlua, Tia Marie, Frangelico or DiSaronno~whichever you are in  the mood for!
1 T. brown sugar
Heavy creamer


1.  Place brown sugar and liqueur in the mug. Stir to blend.DSCN0134[1]

2. Pour in coffee

3. Place tip of spoon in coffee..just enough to break surface tension.

4. Slowly pour heavy cream over back of spoon to create layering effect. I went a  bit crazy with the cream above to show how it should look. The amount of cream  should actually be about 1/4 of a cup!


Mid-Week Mixers are created and contributed by Naomi Blackburn, author of a food blog appropriately called The Pub and Grub Forum. You can enjoy Naomi’s fun recipes of Words. Wit & Wisdom every Wednesday, and you can catch even more wonderful recipes on her blog at

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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