Maraschino cherries and coffee aren’t elements that are put together all that often, but make a surprisingly good combination when they do come together – especially when chocolate is involved. This Black Forest Coffee is inspired by black forest cake, a cake with dark chocolate layers, and loads of whipped cream and maraschino cherries. This is a little simpler and a little less rich, while still incorporating the same flavor elements.
The coffee is slightly sweet with a hint of cherry flavor. My recipe here doesn’t include milk, but you could certainly add some in to make the base more like a mocha latte than just chocolate+coffee. My favorite part is the whipped cream with the cherry on top. No harm in finishing that part off, adding another layer of whip and another cherry, and calling it dessert, right?
Black Forest Coffee
8-oz hot coffee
3 tbsp chocolate syrup
1 tbsp maraschino cherry juice
additional syrup, for topping
1 maraschino cherry
In a coffee mug, whisk or stir together coffee, chocolate syrup and maraschino cherry juice until well-combined. Load the cup up with whipped cream, then drizzle with extra chocolate syrup and top with a cherry before serving.