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Hello I have recently returned from competing in the World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship in Shanghai where, for the first time, the organisers introduced a really exciting, interactive Spirit Bar round.

This new concept works like a mystery ingredient challenge – the barista can brew coffee using any filter brewing method that they like, but they have to brew on stage. They are given 5 minutes to brew up and make their two cocktails. Easy enough?

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Coffee and alcohol go together so well, or at least I think they do. I’ve just returned from China from the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championships (where I came 6th). So coffee cocktails seem to be getting quite the following! And why not, t’s a mix of many people’s two favourite things. Below is the recipe I’ll be talking through at the London Coffee Festival. It’s my riff on a mulled wine, minus the wine and with coffee instead. It’s super easy to make and well worth a try. Hopefully you can join me to taste it for yourself.

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This year’s London Coffee Festival (7th – 10th April) sees us celebrating Cascara, amongst other things. Cascara has been slowly gaining popularity over the last few years, but there’s a good chance you’ve not heard of it before. So here’s all you need to know.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It certainly is for me as I have just been crowned Champion of the SCAE UK Coffee in Good Spirits 2016. I also enjoy the festive period because I am encouraged by friends and family to drin…sample lots of booze. All in a professional capacity, of course. Which gets me out of washing dishes or carving turkeys. And who wouldn’t enjoy creating something delicious that also happens to contain alcohol?

So, my friends, I’m sharing with you my three favourite coffee cocktail recipes for the festive season. I’ve ordered these from easiest to make to hardest. The first two are pretty simple and at this time of the year you should pretty much have all you need in the cupboard to make them. The third is one of my signature cocktails from the CIGS Competition. It takes at least 24 hours to prepare, so be warned. But it does make for a great excuse to avoid another round of charades. Best of luck and do share with me how you got on in the comments section.

All my recipes serve one. I’ll leave you to figure out why. Multiply all the measures by the number of people you want to serve.

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