Coffee for the Wedding Reception
Viennese Coffee Float
In a twist on Viennese coffee, a steaming brea sweetened with rum syrup is poured over chocolate hazelnut ice cream. Cocoa-dusted coffee marshmallows top hazelnut whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon. An insulated glass helps keep the temperature contrasts intact. Somewhere between a drink and dessert, the blend can be part of the coffee service or offered before the cake as a refreshing intermezzo.
Coffee Panna Cotta
Softly sweetened coffee-infused cream makes for deeply flavored panna cottas (Italian custards) that are as silky and light as they are rich. A vanilla-flecked caramel sauce balances the slight bitterness of the coffee. Present them as a delightful dessert course before the cake, or serve alongside it as a creamy counterpoint.
Coffee and doughnuts are a classic couple and a homey surprise at a wedding. We scaled down espresso-laced doughnuts to two-bit proportions and packaged pairs of them in baking boxes lined with parchment and waxed paper -- easy for early-departing guests to take along for the ride. For those who remain, offer the decadent treats with cups of coffee -- perhaps your favorite flavored blend.
Iced Coffee Frappe with Cotton Candy
When this icy, foamy frappe is poured into glasses, it separates into layers that intensify in flavor from top to bottom. A cloud of cotton candy gives a jolt of sweetness when stirred into the drink. You or your caterer can buy cotton candy premade or use a machine to make it. These are ideal after dinner at warm-weather weddings; they'd also be stars at the cocktail hour, even without alcohol.
Coffee-Flavored Wedding Favors
Blue-and-white packaging complements dark coffee favors. Chocolate-covered espresso and coffee beans are stacked in hexagonal boxes tied with silk ribbon. Use rubber stamps (made at an office-supply store) to identify the treats. Homemade coffee truffles, composed of bittersweet chocolate ganache spiked with Irish whiskey and coffee extract, nestle inside candy cups; paper bands, made on a computer using clip art, dress up their boxes. Rich espresso fudge brownies (wrapped in cellophane) are covered with dotted paper. To attach a folded paper fan, pierce its handle with a mini hole punch; thread ribbon ends up from the bottom of the box and through hole in opposite directions; knot on top of fan.
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