Most of my readers are probably unaware of Mixology Monday; it's a monthly drink recipe event (generally based around alcohol), but as the theme this month is "Winter Warmers", I thought a coffee-based beverage entry would be appropriate.
What I have here would also be appropriate as a barista-competition style signature drink.
2 allspice pods
1oz. spiced cider (you could substitute Calvados for an alcoholic variant)
and, of course, espresso
cinnamon stick for garnish
In the bottom of a preheated steaming pitcher, muddle the cloves and allspice with a small bit of honey. Add cider or Calvados. Heat with steam wand (you could also use a microwave if you must, but then you'd have to do the muddling directly in the cup). Pour into preheated cordial glass or espresso cup and stir briskly. Pour espresso shot directly into glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
I prefer a darker, heavier espresso for this drink. Think Black Cat or Element 114.