Friday, November 22, 2013

Nutella Melt—Easy Entertaining Recipe and a Winter Cocktails Giveaway


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Imagine a chilling evening, you’re curling up on the couch with your favorite blanket next to the fire place;  cuddling with your loved ones while catching up your favorite TV soap, or chatting about what happened during the day; holding and sipping a cup of warm, chocolate-y, packed with wonderful hazelnut flavor and a little boozy Nutella Melt this winter.  Isn’t that picture perfect? 

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If the heat from the Nutella Melt didn’t warm you up, the little booze in the drink definitely will.  I bet you all know how much I love Nutella, and more so after trying this Nutella Melt!  It’s not overly sweet, but the flavor is simply amazing.  With a little toasted and chopped nuts sitting on top of the foamy and creamy espresso whipped cream, the combination of flavor and the contrast of texture simply blew me away.

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This easy, entertaining and scrumptious cocktail recipe came from the book, Winter Cocktails.  As you all know, I do enjoy a cocktail here and there, especially when I have companies over.  This is the book you want in your kitchen if you want to learn more about Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks.  Author and professional food stylist Maria del Mar Sacasa offers more than 50 recipes for cold-weather cocktails and mixed beverages. 

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I absolutely love the tutorial, techniques in step-by-step pictures illustration.

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Check out the picture below, recipes of Infused Liquors and different Simple Syrups are also included in this book.  I can’t wait to give them a try. 

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You’ll also get to learn how to make some Small Bites and appetizers pairing with some of your cocktails.  Drooling!

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I simply can’t take my eyes off this Golden Hog.  And guess what?  It’s paired with a piece of Candied Bacon!!!  How can I resist?  Oink Oink...

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You can purchase your copy by clicking here.  Or, try your luck in winning a copy of “Winter Cocktails”, courtesy of Quirk Books

Here are the details on how to enter this giveaway.
One lucky uTry.it reader (with an U.S., Canada or U.K. mailing address) will win a copy of “Winter Cocktails”.


To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and tell me what’s your all time favorite cocktail (mine is apple martini). Deadline to enter is November 30th, 2013 by mid-night PST.  Winner will be selected through Random.org and announce shortly after the giveaway is closed.

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That’s all and Good Luck everyone!  Please stay warm and cheers!

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Disclaimer:  I received a copy of Winter Cocktails” for the purpose of this review and I was not compensated in any way to write this post.  Quirk Books is providing a copy of the book for the giveaway.  As always, all comments and opinions are 100% my own. 

Please drink responsibly.  Health and General Disclaimers.




Nutella Melt (recipe from Winter Cocktails):
Serves: 4
4 cups whole milk
1/4 cup Nutella
pinch salt
6 ounces hazelnut liqueur, such as Frangelico
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped, for garnish
toasted coconut flakes, for garnish

Bring milk, Nutella, and salt to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until Nutella is completely dissolved.  Stir in liqueur.  Turn off the heat but leave the pot on the stove while you whip the cream.

Using an electric mixer, beat cream, confectioners’ sugar, and espresso powder on medium speed in a large, chilled bowl until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.  (Alternatively, beat by hand using a large wire whisk.)

Ladle drink into warm cups and top with whipped cream.  Sprinkle with hazelnuts and coconut.

46 comments:

  1. I would love one now! Looks so inviting!

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  2. Yes, that is what I call perfect evening! Your Nutella Melt looks so good, and I would love a cup right now because it's a gloomy rainy day! Thanks for sharing, Amy will check the book out. Sounds interesting!

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  3. I enjoy a pear martini with candied ginger in the fall. The nutella melt sounds perfect for a cold winter evening. :)

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  4. Wow Amy your photos are stunning. It's so chilly out today I just came in from walking my dogs and made myself a hot cup of tea. I wish I had this drink though to warm my insides - it looks heavenly!

    I my favorite drink is either a Baileys and Cream or Baileys and coffee. Although after I try this Nutella Melt it may be my new favorite. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Loved the second shot Amy!!! Its chilly and rainy here and would like a glass of the nutella melt.

    My favorite drink is Pina colada!!

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  6. The Nutella drink looks heavenly... I already feel warmer looking at your beautiful photos.

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  7. what a beautiful dessert in a glass! So pretty and with all those hazelnuts on top! I would probably add more than just 6 ounces of booze though! :)

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  8. Hi Amy,
    Yes, a fantastic scenario you gave us a a dreaming cocktail.
    My favourite cocktail is pina colada as it is made with my most favourite flavours!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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  9. Hi Amy , what a wonderful book to have for the holidays , for that matter all year long , the Nutella drink looks so yummy thanks for sharing :)

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  10. A nutella melt sounds perfect! I need this to warm me up right now! It's so cold outside. Brrrr.

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  11. My absolute favorite cocktail is a strawberry mojito! This Nutella Melt sounds heavenly. Yummy!!

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  12. Shared on Facebook. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  13. This sounds amazing !! What a fantastic Nutella drink - and what a nice giveaway. I love a piña colada. And your photos are always so beautiful. Just stunning !!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgivig

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  14. I'm a huge hazelnut and nutella fan so this is right up my alley! I had seen a recipe for a nutella hot chocolate that I was very tempted to try but this looks far better. What a cozy picture you've painted, Amy!

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  15. My favorite cocktail is probably a Lemon Drop Martini made from my homegrown Meyer Lemons and good quality vodka! What a great way to enjoy Nutella! Your photos are fabulous, Amy! Nice job! CC

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  16. Con nutela es perfecto me gustarìa probar,abrazos.

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  17. It's been chilly and rainy here all week and this Nutella Melt sounds like a wonderful and cozy drink to warm up with. Love the toasted hazelnuts and coconut - everything looks fantastic Amy!

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  18. I will say yes to nutella ANYTHING. But especially to this lovely lovely drink.

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  19. The word "melt" instantly intrigues me...i love anything melty! This book looks awesome! I love when there are lots of photos and especially the step-by-step part. I don't actually have a favorite cocktail, since I don't drink, but we came up with one for our wedding that people loved...It was apple cider, honey vodka, fig jam and lemon juice and we decided to call it the "Honey Apple Harvest" :)

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  20. Its such a great turnout with nutella which I do enjoy a bit from time to time. Nice giveaway which will be appreciated by the winner.

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  21. This looks like a great way to spend an evening. i would happily sip this! I love most anything but I love ANYTHING with St. Germaine!

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  22. Tonight I tried a Tamarind-Whiskey Sour cocktail, and it was so good! I would love to enter the giveaway, thank you Amy!

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  23. I just love this cocktail. Loving the shots Amy.
    I would love this book.

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  24. I'd love to wake up to have a cocktail

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  25. Love the sound of this book. And your Nutella melt looks amazing..I am up for anything Nutella!

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  26. Mine is a gin and tonic, but that's definitely not a winter drink.

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  27. Gosh, that Nutella Melt looks so tempting! Really good recipe, and I love the photos. That book sounds interesting too. I hadn't heard of it - thanks for the heads up. My fave cocktail? Tough choice, because there are several that I enjoy. At this time of the year I'd say a Sidecar is my favorite - love the combo of cognac, Cointreau, and fresh lemon juice.

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  28. I love Nutella and this drink looks like the perfect drink for the cold night's were having in Washington! Brrr.... Such a gorgeous photo too! Such a wonderful blog you have. Have a great week!

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  29. My favorite cocktail is the White Russian! One part Kahlua, one part vodka, two parts half n' half. So sinfully good, and "The Dude's" favorite!

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  30. It's a pity I can't take part in the giveaway :< Love your nutty treat, Amy! Love the effort you put in to set up the scene for the awesome shot!

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  31. My favourite cocktail is a Singapore Sling- tastes almost like punch!

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  32. I 'liked' your FB page. (BTW, you may wish to enter the draw for my Giveaway of a Cuisinart Mandoline Slicer at G'day Souffle') !

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  33. The husband and I are not huge cocktail fans...But, your Nutella Melt looks soooo good, Amy. So, I'd have to say your Nutella Melt is my favorite cocktail at this time =) I am open to learning more wonderful Winter Cocktails, too =)

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  34. Yummy!!!! I would love to try this one!! :-)


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  35. Oh wow, this Nutella Melt looks so good! It's getting so cold now, and the thought of curling up on the couch with a mug of that sounds amazing!!! YUM! Favorite cocktail? In the winter definitely hot chocolate with a little Bailys ♥ but otherwise I have to say just a nice glass of wine and I'm good! : )

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  36. My dear... i think you have a thing for nutella... but why wouldn't you ;) All time favorite... maybe not so interesting...but i love a good mojito :)

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    1. winter drinks are usually some kind of salty caramel hot chocolate with bailey's

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  37. I can picture myself enveloped in a pair of warm cozy PJ's snuggling up with a mug of nutella cocktail. It is like a dessert and cocktail all in one.

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  38. Hi Amy, your nutella melt look extremely good. I sure love to have one glass please. :))
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe.
    Love your give away.

    Have a nice day ahead.

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  39. This melt sounds absolutely brilliant, Nutella flavour is the best :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  40. Wow! This is pretty drink. You have very nice dishes.

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  41. This drink will really warm me up during cold winter nights.

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  42. I really love nutella so any recipe with nutella is definitely my type of recipe ;) I usually make nutella hot chocolate to warm myself up in winter but wow....this looks even better!

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