Sure, if you’re going to sip on something as elegant as an affogato that has orange liqueur and chocolate shavings in it, reading Doctor Zhivago is definitely the way to go.
Unless you don’t want to do that. I’d like to suggest an alternative. Instead of settling in with Boris, consider some more lofty poetry. For instance,
“The sun has set not long ago.
Now everybody goes below
To take a bath in one big tub
With soap all over – SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB!”
I own the classics. I was an English major after. I’ve slogged my way through Dostoyevsky and read Milton until I developed (and retained) an intense dislike for old English poetry. I cherish my books and own shelves of them. They range from the leather-bound classics to pulp fiction paperbacks.
As the days grow shorter and there’s less time to spend outside, I’ll definitely nestle in my chair and pick up a book more often that I’ve done during the summer. It’s a way to unwind. In fact, I’ll be needing to choose a novel soon.
But most probably it won’t be Doctor Zhivago.
Sandra Boynton is my speed these days, though lately I’m not doing the reading, but am sitting bedside while Dudette reads to me. The Going To Bed Book and Pajama Time are my favorites.
When I put this drink together, it looked so much like a sunset that I immediately thought of that first line. Odd to think about a children’s book when serving up a drink with alcohol and espresso?
Not if you have children.
This couldn’t be easier than brewing a cup of coffee, shaving chocolate and zesting an orange. If you can do those things, you can throw this together.
Since Dudette’s too young for everything except the ice cream, she wasn’t included in this taste test. In fact, neither was Hubby. After spending a day with people, I needed some alone time. Alone time and a tasty end-of-day drink. This hit the spot perfectly. I honestly didn’t expect to like it, but I went far beyond that and turned what should have been a serene, quiet read and sip into a leave the book sitting there and shovel this down before the ice cream all melts.
It’s delicious. The Grand Marnier plays perfectly with the chocolate and espresso. Of course, ice cream and coffee are made for each other, but the other elements to this drink transport it into something heavenly. I may not share next time I make it either.
What I’d Do Different Next Time
- 4 tablespoons orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- shaved bittersweet chocolate, for sprinkling
- freshly grated nutmeg, for sprinkling
- 4 teaspoons orange zest
- ½ cup hot espresso
- Pour 1 tablespoon liqueur into each of 4 cups. Add 12-cup scoop ice cream to each. Sprinkle with chocolate, nutmeg and orange zest. Spoon 2 tablespoons espresso over ice cream. Serve immediately.
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