Cooking With Coffee: How to Host a Coffee-Inspired Dinner Party

Cooking With CoffeeWho says coffee is only for drinking? There are plenty of ways to make this liquid gold the starring ingredient of your meal. We’ve recently tried a bunch of cooking with coffee recipes to put together this full dinner menu—guaranteed to please the coffee lovers in your crew.

The Menu

Arugula Salad with Coffee Vinaigrette

Chicken (or steak, pork chops, or tofu) marinated in coffee

Chewy Irish-Coffee Blondies

The Recipes

  • Top a simple salad of arugula, cherry tomatoes, and toasted walnuts with this coffee vinaigrette for a subtle touch of joe.
  • Use this morning’s leftover coffee to create a marinade that will keep the buzz going throughout the rest of the evening. This coffee marinade can be used on chicken, steak, pork chops, or tofu. Just make sure you have at least two hours – and up to 24 hours – to marinade the meat or tofu.
  • You’ll knock your guest’s socks off when you finish the meal with Martha Stewart’s Chewy Irish-Coffee Blondies. These delish bars are the ultimate balance of Irish whiskey and coffee, making them the perfect way to end the night.

Of course it wouldn’t be a dinner party without some appropriate drinks. Pair the meal with a robust red wine – obviously look for something with hints of coffee – and finish it all off with a fresh pot of brewed coffee.

Catch It If You Can: One Great Gingerbread Latte Recipe

Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread Latte

Visions of gingerbread dancing in your head? Then you’re going to fall in love with this gingerbread latte recipe. The spicy flavor of ginger pairs perfectly with undertones of honey, molasses, and cinnamon to give your morning cup (or afternoon pick-me-up) a cozy boost that will warm up any cold winter day.

Here’s how to make this new classic:

Spicy Gingerbread Latte

Makes 1



  1. If you have a milk-steaming machine, follow the directions to steam the milk. If not, heat it on the stove over medium, whisking until hot and foamy
  2. Pour brewed espresso into mug
  3. Pour steamed milk in, holding back the foam with a spoon
  4. Add the gingerbread syrup
  5. Gently spoon the foam on top

Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg for an extra kick and enjoy!

Want to try other holiday flavors? We’re fans of the Amoretti Premium Holiday Syrup 6 pack, which includes cold weather faves like pumpkin spice and cinnamon.

‘Tis the Season for Our Fave Eggnog Latte Recipe

Eggnog Latte

Eggnog Latte

One of the great holiday rules of yore: No holiday party is complete without eggnog. But for those of you like us, who like a little lighter consistency as well as a caffeine kick, we’re pleased to share this simple, tasty eggnog latte recipe.

Here’s how to make this festive treat:

Eggnog Latte Recipe

Makes 1


  • 1/3 cup brewed espresso
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup eggnog of your choice
  • Nutmeg


  1. Steam the milk and eggnog together until hot and foamy. Eggnog heats faster than milk, so watch the temperature
  2. Pour brewed espresso into mug
  3. Pour steamed milk and eggnog in, holding back the foam with a spoon, then gently spoon the foam on top
  4. Sprinkle with nutmeg

Note: For another kind of kick, try adding a shot of rum into the mix.

Have Your Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe and Eat It Too

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Need a little seasonal sustenance to go with your delectable pumpkin spice latte? We’ve got exactly what you’re looking for – a pumpkin coffee cake recipe that delivers. Culled together from a number of other online sources, then tweaked to perfection in the BOTM kitchen, this moist coffee cake is a must-try. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake

Cake ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin purée

Streusel topping ingredients

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 Tbs. butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 10-inch pan with nonstick spray. Combine flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Beat butter and sugar in separate bowl until fluffy. Mix eggs and pumpkin puree into butter mixture. Gradually stir flour mixture into pumpkin mixture. Spread in pan.
  2. In a small bowl, mix all streusel topping ingredients together until crumbly. Spread on coffee cake.
  3. Bake 1 hour, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool at least 10 minutes, then slice into squares, and enjoy with a hot pumpkin spice latte!