Culinary Canvas

Fatima Wedberg's Christmas Delight

It's basically Christmas in a coupe glass.

Words by Sophie Miskiw. Photography by Johan Ståhlberg. Drink by Fatima Wedberg.

“This is a more creative alternative to spiced wine that you could serve on Christmas Eve or around that time of year. It has all the Christmas flavours like cinnamon and liquorice notes.”

WHAT YOU NEED

3 tbsp Sugar 3 dl Water 5 Star anise 1 Ground cinnamon stick 4 Clementines 1 dl Brewed coffee

Garnish with a slice of clementine.

“I really like the acidic notes, which is why I added the mandarin because it’s a way to make a Christmas drink more balanced and not too sweet. It also adds some prettiness to it. If you prepare it hot, the taste has a really round body to it.”

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Boil together sugar, star anise, water and cinnamon. Let marinate for at least two hours.
  1. Brew the coffee - your choice of method and bean. I brewed a Colombian bean in my Chemex, it brews a clean cup and maintains body and balanced floral notes.
  1. Squeeze the juice from the clementines and heat up to the boiling point.
  1. Pour into the glass and layer the hot brewed coffee on top.

  2. Garnish with a clementine slice.

  3. Serve hot!

Barista Fatima Wedberg’s love affair with coffee began ten years ago. In the years since she has competed in the coffee category in the Swedish National Competition and sat on the board of Europe’s Speciality Coffee Association. She is currently working for a coffee roastery in Sweden, as well as developing her own coffee-based drinks.

Words by Sophie Miskiw. Photography by Johan Ståhlberg.