Spiced Americano on a cold, wintery day....

Spiced Americano on a cold, wintery day....

So anyone that knows me well knows that I love Giada De Laurentiis. She is my culinary inspiration! I have all of her cookbooks, watch her shows, and follow her life. It's a bit of an obsession I guess...lol.

Today I decided to try her recipe for Spiced Americano with cinnamon whipped cream. Let me tell you it was HEAVENLY! I think I drank 4 cups throughout the day. If you like coffee, then you will love this too. I didn't get a pic but I will share the recipe here:

1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup brewed espresso
1 cup boiling water
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Add the allspice, cinnamon and ginger to the simple syrup and simmer for 5 minutes. Take pan off heat and set aside. To the 1 cup of espresso, add 1 cup of boiling water. Pour 1/2 cup of espresso into each of 4 (6 to 8-ounce) serving cups. Add 2 tablespoons of the spice simple syrup to each cup and combine. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the confectioners' sugar and continue to beat until stiff. Top each cup of espresso with a dollop of whipped cream and dust with cinnamon, if desired.