Instant Party Cappuccino


3 tbs. packed light brown sugar
3 tbs. instant coffee crystals
5 cups hot water
1 cup orange liqueur
Orange Whipped Cream
Slivers of orange rind


  • In a medium size bowl, combine brown sugar and instant coffee crystals. Blend in enough water to moisten dry ingredients (about 1/3 cup), then whisk until smooth. Add all remaining hot water and mix well.
  • Cover and microwave at High until hot (about 5 minutes).
  • Stir in orange liqueur.
  • Pour into individual cups, top with Orange Whipped Cream and decorate with slivers of orange rind.
  • Serve with a straw and a long handled spoon.
Makes 10 servings.
TIP: To prepare Orange Whipped Cream, whip 1 cup cream with 1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind, stir in 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, pipe or spoon onto hot coffee. Decorate with thin slivers of orange rind.

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Coffee percolators and automatic coffeemakers brew coffee by gravity. In an automatic coffeemaker hot water drips onto coffee grounds held in a coffee filter made of paper, plastic, or perforated metal, allowing the water to seep through the ground coffee while extracting its oils and essences. The liquid drips through the coffee and the filter into a carafe or pot, and the spent grounds are retained in the filter. (The Chemex coffeemaker operates under a similar principle but uses only an hourglass shaped flask.) In a percolator, boiling water is forced into a chamber above a filter by steam pressure created by boiling. The water then seeps through the grounds, and the process is repeated until terminated by removing from the heat, by an internal timer, or by a thermostat that turns off the heater when the entire pot reaches a certain temperature. This thermostat also serves to keep the coffee warm (it turns on when the pot cools), but requires the removal of the basket holding the grounds after the initial brewing to avoid additional brewing as the pot reheats. Repeated boiling spoils the flavor of coffee.