Get cozy by the fire with hot drinks

Excerpt from Indulge Magazine on Wednesday, Dec. 05, 2012

Freelance food news writer Celestina Blok

When the weather outside is frightful, there is nothing more deliciously delightful than a warm winter beverage enjoyed by the fire. And with these five recipes for standout sippers from area chefs, bartenders and baristas, your go-to box of hot cocoa packets may sit untouched for a spell. That’s right — break out the brandy snifters, demitasse cups and heavy glass mugs; we’re ready for one hot holiday toast.

Spiced Turkish Coffee

Now we can get a taste of the Flying Carpet Cafe’s cozy, Old World ambiance in our own living rooms, thanks to chef sisters Callie and Devon Doyle’s recipe for spiced Turkish coffee. Sweeteners aren’t needed, as the hot milk, chocolate cocoa pieces and savory spices meld to create a smoothly satisfying kick of flavor. That bit of heat at the end is cayenne, a welcome component that warms our insides as winter’s frost sets in. Located in a restored 1909 house, the tiny cafe is part-restaurant, part-Turkish rug shop, and whether we’re relishing this toasty beverage there or at home, we feel a lingering sense of comfort just the same.