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Cappuccino Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/2 cup warm buttermilk (110° to 115°)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
FILLING:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
ICING:
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons instant cappuccino mix, optional
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add warm milk, buttermilk, sugar, butter, salt and 4 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down; turn onto a floured surface. Roll into an 18×12-in. rectangle; brush with butter. Combine brown sugar, coffee granules and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges.

Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 slices. Place rolls, cut side down, in a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 22-28 minutes or until golden brown. Place pan on a wire rack. In a small bowl, beat icing ingredients until smooth. Spread over rolls. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.

Recipe found here: Cappuccino Cinnamon Rolls

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Classic Margarita

Makes 2 cocktails

½ cup fresh lime juice, plus a tablespoon or so separately
Coarse salt to rim glasses
½ cup tequila (I prefer the more robust flavor of reposado, but blanco is fine.)
½ cup Grand Marnier (Gran Gala is a good, cheaper substitute)
Lime wheel for garnish

Directions
Dip the corner of a paper towel into the tablespoon of lime juice and use it to wet the two glasses around the rim where you want the salt. Place a tablespoon or so of the salt in a saucer and roll the glasses over it to get salt to adhere. Fill glasses with ice (if serving on the rocks).

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the ½ cup of lime juice, tequila and Grand Marnier. Shake several second until the shaker feels ice cold. Pour through a strainer into your glasses. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge.

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Creamy Irish Coffee

Ingredients
3 cups hot strong brewed coffee
4 ounces Irish cream liqueur
Sweetened whipped cream, optional
Chocolate shavings, optional

Directions
Divide coffee and liqueur among four mugs; stir.

If desired, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Creamy Irish Coffee

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Buttery Finger Cocktail

Make this amazing cocktail to get your night started right! The Buttery Finger Cocktail is made with Vodka, Buttershots, Irish Cream, Coffee Liqueur!

+ 1 oz. (30ml) Vodka
+ 1 oz. (30ml) Buttershots
+ 1 oz. (30ml) Irish Cream
+ 1 oz. (30ml) Coffee Liqueur

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Caramel White Hot Chocolate

Ingredients
1-1/2 qt. (6 cups) plus 3 Tbsp. milk, divided
1 pkg. (3.3 oz.) JELL-O White Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
18 KRAFT Caramels
3/4 cup COOL WHIP Rich & Creamy Refrigerated Whipped Topping

Directions
Beat 1-1/2-qt. milk and pudding mix in large saucepan with whisk 2 min. Bring just to a simmer on medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Microwave caramels and remaining milk in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec. to 1 min. or until caramels are completely melted and sauce is well blended, stirring after 30 sec.

Reserve 2 Tbsp. caramel sauce for later use. Whisk remaining caramel sauce into pudding; pour into 6 mugs.

Recipe found here: Caramel White Hot Chocolate

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Buttery Finger Cocktail

1 oz. (30ml) Vodka
+ 1 oz. (30ml) Buttershots
+ 1 oz. (30ml) Irish Cream
+ 1 oz. (30ml) Coffee Liqueur

Recipe found here: Buttery Finger Cocktail

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Witches’ Brew

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
8 medium kiwifruit, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
Green food coloring, optional
1 cup vodka, optional
1 liter ginger ale, chilled
Ice cubes

Directions
In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved; set aside to cool.

Place the kiwi, mint and sugar syrup in a blender; cover and process until blended. Tint green if desired. Pour into a large pitcher; stir in vodka if desired. Refrigerate until chilled.

Just before serving, stir in ginger ale. Serve over ice. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Witches’ Brew

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