February 23rd marks the Roman festival- Terminalia- celebrated in honor of the God Terminus, who presided over property/land boundaries. February 23rd also happened to be the last day of the Roman Calendar Year .
(Your neighbor may think you are crazy)..but to truly celebrate this festival like ancient times you need to place a statue of the God Terminus on your property line (the border between you and your neighbor) and place a garland of flowers around the neck of of Terminus…but if you invite your neighbor over for a hot caffe principessa to celebrate instead, he/she may be more willing to take part in this ancient ritual and Festival….
Caffe Principessa (Princess Coffee)
excerpted from The Basic Art of…Cocktails
*1/2 cup hot espresso
*1 tblsp rum
*2 tblsps water
*1 tblsp brown sugar
*pinch of powdered sugar
*1 dried orange peel
In a small sauce pan, pour in water,orange peel, sugar, rum. Heat and stir, Remove from heat, filter or pour through cheesecloth into a tempered glass. Add in hot coffee and powdered sugar,stir. Top with whipped cream and pinch of powdered sugar on top.
(Not all princesses can be awakened by a handsome prince only, some need a cup of coffee also!)
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