(Family Features) - It started as a morning cup of joe. However, over time America's love affair with coffee has moved beyond the mug to inspire several coffee-flavored products such as ice cream, sauces and spirits.
In fact, Chef Paul Vandewoude of the Miette Culinary Studio in New York credits this coffee trend with inspiring a variety of new cooking recipes featuring coffee-based products.
"Chefs love to try new and different flavors and ingredients in everyday recipes. So when additional coffee-based products became available, the culinary world jumped on the opportunity to experiment," said Vandewoude. "From appetizers to desserts, more coffee-inspired recipes are popping up on menus across the country. Recently, I created a barbeque sauce that I think many coffee lovers would enjoy."
Many noted chefs, like Vandewoude, use coffee to put a new twist on traditional recipe favorites. For example, Vandewoude uses Starbucks Coffee Liqueur in his barbeque sauce, which nicely compliments ribs, shrimp and wings. The liqueur adds a hint of chocolate and a clean coffee finish that softens the sauce's more traditional ingredients, such as vinegar, garlic and horseradish. According to Vandewoude, it tempers the recipe with a familiar aroma, flavor and color. Vandewoude satisfies his sweet tooth by baking a coffee-inspired chocolate molten cake.
Along with chefs, the latest group to jump on board the coffee trend is bartenders. Like their culinary counterparts, they too have created a wide range of coffee-inspired recipes. From mixed drinks to martinis to modern-day Manhattans, these drinks are appropriate for all occasions.
In fact, the mixability and versatility of Starbucks Coffee Liqueur allow bartenders to combine unexpected flavors like ginger, orange and coffee together, to create the Caffe Fizz, which is perfect for warm weather entertaining. The Caffe Fizz is a tall refreshing drink that combines vanilla rum, ginger ale and Starbucks Coffee Liqueur, which is then garnished with an orange wedge.
While chefs and bartenders may create the recipes that lead this trend, coffee lovers can try all these recipes in the comfort of their own homes. For more recipes featuring the ultimate cocktails for Starbucks coffee lovers, visit www.starbucks.com/liqueur. Starbucks Coffee Liqueur is not available in Starbucks stores, rather where fine spirits are sold.