Monday, March 5, 2012

Celebrating a new look with an Amaretto Coffee Chiller

Notice anything different? I’ll give you a hint…it used to look like this around here:

That’s right…I’m very excited to reveal the new and improved Tasty Trials website. Welcome to my new digs!

Heather at Farmgirl Gourmet is responsible for my beautiful new space here. She worked oh-so-patiently with me as I flip-flopped from teal to white to brown, from patterns to no patterns, then from this brown to that brown and back again as my indecisiveness reared its ugly head. She was the creative force behind all of it, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the result. Every time I open my page I do a little happy dance in my head. Thank you, Heather!

There is a teeny tiny part of me that feels a little sad and sentimental at the loss of my “old” blog. It was my not-so-knowledgeable attempt at creating a site and it’s become so comfortable and familiar that I hate to see it go. I suppose this is the same part of my personality that, when asked about my impending fifth birthday, very sadly wailed, “I’M GOING TO MISS BEING FOUR!” (Because five is apparently a very rough year.) But I got over turning five and I will get over missing my old space. This, after all, is so much better…

So (although there are still a few things left to tweak) grab a cocktail and help me celebrate the unveiling of the brand spankin’ new Tasty Trials . If you’re reading this before noon, the coffee liqueur makes this an acceptable morning drink, don’t you think?

Amaretto Coffee Chiller

Makes 1

1 1/2 ounces Amaretto
1/2 ounce Starbucks Coffee liqueur
1/2 ounce crème de cacao
1 1/2 ounces heavy cream

Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass or serve on the rocks.

The name of this cocktail pretty much says it all…its got almond and coffee, with just a hint of chocolate. Not a bad way to celebrate anything, really.


  1. Ah! I love the new layout! I keep meaning to change mine, but with exams and reports I keep getting sidetrack. But yours looks amazing~

    And that drink looks awesome. Just in time for St Patties xD

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  2. WOW Karen! You have become very sophisticated; your photos are always picture perfect. I have a feeling this drink would make me very happy.

  3. Thanks for the sweet words Karen. I'm so glad you're liking your new pretty space in the blogosphere. And who care what time it is, I want that cocktail in my hand. Right now. :) Happy Monday!!


  4. Loving the new look - I don't know about you but when I launched my new look at the start of the year, I couldn't stop logging in to look at it! Enjoy the moment - and with that fabulous cocktail, your guaranteed to!

  5. Pretty new layout, it! I'm thinking about doing the same thing, so I may be contacting you to get some details :)!

  6. Fantastic new look! :) Veru nice, and perfect with a coffee cocktail ;) Creme de cacao means I need at least two of these!

  7. It looks great - and so does that cocktail!

  8. Wonderful new look, Karen. And I will happily drink a cocktail with you, especially that lovely one. Bottoms up!

  9. This looks amazing! Love the new blog layout. Good color choices. Did you try to make it without the cream? As yummy as I know it is I just can't justify the calories. Thanks!

  10. Your new look is great! Very clean! I was just introduced to chocolate martinis and now coffee cocktails! Love!

  11. Your new site looks great Karen! Heather did a great job! I'll gladly help you celebrate wit this drink, sounds fantastic!

  12. great new layout!! 5yrs WOW!! congrats!! a wonderful cocktail to celebrate the new look!

  13. Congratulations on your new look, it's beautiful.

    I seem to be really into cocktails at the moment and this sounds super delicious, all my favourite ingredients too so a must try for me,thanks.

    You are welcome to join in my food blogger event THE SOUP KITCHEN, here all bloggers are welcome, hope to see you participate soon.

  14. What a gorgeous new look you have :) And this tasty drink looks like a great way to celebrate :)

  15. I absolutely love the new look and this coffee chiller is the perfect drink to celebrate with =)

  16. I'm loving the new look! I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate. :)