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January 16, 2011

#16: African Queen

3/4 oz Amaretto
3/4 oz Triple Sec
3/4 oz Banana Liquer
Fill glass with hot black coffee, and top with whipped cream and sprinkle with shaved chocolate.

Another coffee drink. I guess I'm not getting much sleep again tonight. This is quite tasty. The Amaretto and Coffee provide a powerful kick of coffee flavor, and the Triple Sec sweetens it a bit. The Banana Liquer adds just the right amount of variety, and the Whipped Cream mellows everything out as it melts into the hot coffee. I didn't have any chocolate to shave, which I admit would look nice, so I used the chocolate sprinkles instead. It would add something if you shaved some really dark chocolate onto this.

Triple Sec is a liquer made from orange peels, but unless you get the expensive stuff, like Grand Marnier, the orange flavor is pretty mild, and you get more sweetness than anything else.

This is a good light drink for hanging out at the bar right after dinner, before the serious drinking starts. It's almost a dessert in itself.

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