Iced Coffee Cocktail


This time last year: Sweet Potato Thai Soup (2012)



Friends! It is officially 2016. The weather has started leaning towards snow, which for a second, made the world slow down again. However, the wind has blown, the snow has settled, and it is back to the grind.

If I learned anything this last year, I think it would be that time moves too fast, and I don’t do enough to help it slow down.

2015 rushed by with a slew of coffee cups, occasional laughter with family, hundreds of late night phone chats, and thousands of hours with my face pressed into textbooks. It was a beautiful year, and yet I still hope 2016 is better. I hope that 2016 brings new adventure- moments that take my breath away and make me realize how much living we are truly capable of. I hope 2016 brings reconciliation. I hope that ones I love find peace, and I hope that I can continue to love them and support them throughout the upcoming year. And I hope 2016 is saturated with moments of simple joy and deep laughter, the kind of laughter that echoes in your bones.

I don’t usually have New Years resolutions, but this year, I do. This year, my resolution is to read more than 12 pleasure books (a feat not easy when in grad school), because I believe they make my life better. My resolution, and hope, is to continue cooking a lot, and to share those fun edible adventures with you. And my resolution, and hope, is to do an even better job connecting with the people I love, most of whom live far away.

It’s my younger brother’s birthday today. He has been my best friend my whole life, and is honestly one of the most incredible human beings I have ever know.

I hope 2016 is good for him, and I hope 2016 is good for you.

Thus, I post this drink recipe in honor of my brother- this is my toast. But while we’re at it, feel free to consider this drink my toast to you as well. This is my toast to adventure, to reconciliation, and to laughter that resonates in your bones. This is my toast to my favorite younger brother and to you, most likely a stranger.

I hope your 2016 is off to a beautiful start. Thanks for being a part of mine, and cheers to you.






  • 6 coffee ice cubes
  • 1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 oz. Kahlua
  • 2 oz. half and half
  • 2 oz. skim milk (or any type of milk)
  1. In advance, fill an ice tray with coffee and freeze until the coffee has formed into ice cubes.
  2. Fill a glass with several coffee cubes (I used 6 in my wine glass).
  3. Pour the Bailey’s and Kahlua over the ice cubes. Then add the cream and milk, until the liquids have reached a desired proportion.
  4. Stir gently, and enjoy!
Notes and Tips!:
  • Source: A Rented Kitchen!
  • Recommended Serving: This drink makes for an excellent after dinner/ dessert drink.
  • Don’t miss these other delicious drinks, from this week’s “6 Holiday drinks that aren’t Eggnog” series!

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