Celebrate the Fourth of July Gulf Coast Style

With Fourth of July approaching, Spectrum Resorts wants to make sure you know the best places to see fireworks light up the Gulf Coast sky. Various celebrations will be had across the Alabama Gulf Coast that includes family-friendly fun and activities for all ages. And our Gulf Shores resorts provide all of the comfy accommodations and generous amenities to create a memorable Gulf Coast family vacation for this year’s Independence Day.

What are you waiting for? Check out these can’t miss Gulf Coast July 4th celebrations below!



Independence Day Street Party | The Wharf | July 3rd, 5 pm – 9 pm

The Wharf is celebrating Independence Day a little early this year! From 5 pm – 9 pm, a patriotic street party will be held on Main Street with live entertainment, kid-friendly activities, and prize giveaways. Once 8:45 pm hits, the palm trees that line the street will begin to glimmer in red, white, and blue and the night sky will light up with a fireworks extravaganza. Admission is free. Some activities do require a fee. For more information, call (251) 224-1000.


*All events below take place on July 4th.

6th Annual Shark Run | Flora-Bama | 7 am – 10 am

What has become an Independence Day tradition continues this July 4th as hundreds of runners will be on hand to compete. Several races will be available:

  • 4 Mile All Road Race – a 4-mile course on a flat, road surface
  • Original Adventure Run – 2 miles of road course then 2.5 miles on beach sand; runners will wear flag belts that “sharks” will attempt to steal; must have flag intact when crossing the finish line to be eligible for awards
  • 1 Mile Adventure Run – an out and back course on the beach; runners will wear flag belts that “sharks” will attempt to steal

After the races, refreshments and free beer (over 21) will be available. A DJ will also be on hand spinning the hits. You can register on the Harley Sports website.

J4 Celebration | Turquoise Place Resort

Turquoise Place Resort will be hosting the J4 Celebration in honor of July 4th with a fireworks display and live music at the Tip Tops of the resort. When you upgrade with the Freedom Pass you’ll even get to enjoy delicious All American BBQ and kid-friendly activities like laser tag and rock wall climbing. For more information, and to add your Freedom Pass, call (855) 267-4885.

City of Gulf Shores Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration | Gulf State Park | 9 pm

The Gulf State Park will be helping the city of Gulf Shores celebrate the Fourth of July with a firework show that starts at 9 pm. The fireworks will be shot from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier. You can find a spot on Gulf Shores Public Beach and the surrounding area for perfect views of the extravaganza.


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Coastal Alabama Fall Festivals

Fall is a favorite season on the Alabama Gulf Coast for many reasons including cooler days, lower rates and explosive sunsets over the water. Visitors and locals enjoy this time of year because the weather is absolutely amazing!

Fall also means festival season and we hope you are looking forward to getting outside and enjoying Mother Nature at her finest. Enjoy all of Coastal Alabama’s attractions including kayaking, biking, horseback riding and upcoming events. With so much to see and do, we have composed a list of the top four festivals and events on the coast.

Wharf Uncorked
September 24-26

The 2nd Annual Premier Wine and Culinary Event, Wharf Uncorked is September 24th through 26th at The Wharf in Orange Beach. This three day event features over 150 labels for sampling and purchase, demonstrations from renowned chefs, sampling and purchasing of fine wines and live and silent auctions benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets to the Saturday night Grand Tasting are $95.20.

44th Annual National Shrimp Festival
October 8th – 11th

The Annual National Shrimp Festival is a FREE event held the second full weekend in October at Gulf Shores public beach. This outdoor festival attracts 250,000 people and over 300 vendors. Shrimp Fest is one of the nations’ premier outdoor festivals featuring fine arts, arts and crafts, an outdoor village and a retail marketplace. Get great rates at Turquoise Place and The Beach Club during Shrimp Fest when booking Spectrum Resorts Tailgate Getaway special. Save big on already low fall rates and receive all the benefits of the Spectrum Advantage.

Oyster Cook-Off
November 6th & 7th

See over 70 chefs including Food Network Stars and James Beard award winners demonstrate their oyster cooking skills during the Oyster Cook-Off. Be a part of a weekend full of activities including a Craft Beer Festival, Oyster Cook-Off, Tailgating, demonstrations, workshops and the North American Oyster Showcase. The cost to attend the Friday Craft Beer Festival is $40 and tickets to the Cook-Off are $10 at the door. Oyster Cook-Off Ticket booklets are $25 in advance.

Wine Dinners at Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club
First Friday of every month October – April

Take advantage of the opportunity to sample and learn about notable wines from around the world and how they should be paired with your food. The Beach Club is bringing wines from around the world for interactive wine dinners the first Friday evening of each month. Award-winning Chef Brody Olive will prepare a four-course meal designed to complement the evening’s featured wines. Wine reps will be available to answer questions and guests will have an opportunity to purchase select wines. Wine dinners are $40 per person and weekend rates are available with advanced reservations.

There is something for everyone to do this fall season. Book a weekend visit during the fall and take advantage of Spectrum Resorts great rates with the Tailgate Getaway special. Save big on already low fall rates and treat your family to a fall break.

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Coastal Alabama Tailgate Getaways

Attention football fanatics! When your team hits the road, hit the beach. Bring your friends and family to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to tailgate this football season. Cheer on your favorite team from the comforts of a Gulf-front condo or from one of the many TV’s hanging throughout all of the local restaurants and sports bars.

It’s time to get back to the beach and the fall is the perfect time. The vacation rental rates drop, there is less traffic and the weather is ideal. There are also endless activities including shopping, spa treatments and 32 miles of sugar-white sand to relax on for the ones who prefer the social aspects of tailgating.

We want to help you make your next Tailgate Getaway unforgettable so here are few tips on getting the most out of your Tailgate Getaway.

1. Know your audience. Is this a guy’s trip, a girlfriends getaway or a family vacation? Either way, you still need a place to stay. Since rates drop drastically after Labor Day, it is the perfect time to reserve your accommodations. Gulf-front resorts like Turquoise Place and The Beach Club offer great Tailgate Getaway specials and they even include visits from legendary coaches and resort activities. Turquoise Place has private Jacuzzi’s and gas grills on every balcony and The Beach Club is home to Fort Morgan’s football headquarters, The Village Hideaway.

2. The advantages of staying in a condominium for your Tailgate Getaway are the ability to prepare food in a well equipped kitchen. There are certain foods that are a staple for most tailgate parties. Chicken wings, hamburgers, hot dogs and pretty much anything you can eat with your fingers are must haves for game day cuisine. Spectrum Resorts offers a grocery delivery service so all of your tailgating treats can be delivered before your arrival so you don’t even have to stop at the store.

3. Go ahead and pick your date. Find a game weekend when your team is on the road. If you can coordinate a travel weekend that coincides with a festival weekend, you can get the best of both worlds. Wharf Uncorked, The National Annual Shrimp Festival and Oyster Cook-Off are a few upcoming fall events on the Alabama Gulf Coast that we recommend attending.

Bring your MVPs to the beach for an unforgettable Tailgate Getaway and cheer on your favorite team in style. Tell us your favorite team and some of your game day must haves.


Stay and Play Labor Day

Labor Day is considered the unofficial end of summer but it is also a great time to plan a trip to the beach. You can find a wide range of activities and entertainment including concerts, fishing tournaments, sporting events and family fun. Beat those back to school blues by giving the family something to look forward to. Here are few ways to make your Coastal Alabama Labor Day memorable.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism’s blog, The Beach Is Calling has suggestions on how to Celebrate Summer’s end with a Labor Day Beach Vacation. They even offer a gas calculator to help you figure the estimated cost of gas.

Take advantage of great rates and accommodation specials at The Beach Club and Turquoise Place. Stay and play Labor Day Monday for free when you book the weekend. Take advantage of the Spectrum Advantage and save on food and beverage purchases all weekend long.

Make plans to visit The Wharf during this Labor Day weekend. The Wharf is hosting a Labor Day Street Party on September 5th from 5pm-9pm. Street activities include Kangaroos you can pet and feed, a bouncy house, face painting, a rock climbing wall and Spectra Sound and Light Show.

The Waterway Village Art Market will be September 5th from 10am-4pm a Waterway Village in Gulf Shores is across from the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery. Regional and local artists will display paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and more. Enjoy handmade art, live music and children’s activities.

Country Supergroup Alabama will be playing at the Amphitheater at the Wharf on September 6. Get your tickets at Ticketmaster so your Labor Day will be “Close Enough to Perfect.”

We hope you have a safe and Happy Labor Day! Please share your pictures with us on Instagram, follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook so you can stay up to date on what is happening around town.


Must Do’s for the 100 Days of Summer

Visitors will be flocking to the beaches this summer for a little rest and relaxation. The 100 Days of Summer are a time to create happy memories while swimming, basking in the sun and enjoying spending time with family and friends.

Start planning your summer today so you don’t miss out on area activities and attractions. In order to see and do as much as possible during the 100 Days of Summer, we have composed a list of Must Do’s for your Coastal Alabama 100 Days of Summer beach getaway.

C Spire Concert Series – With acts like Dave Mathews Band, Eric Church and The Steve Miller Band, The Wharf is going to be jamming all summer long.  The C Spire Concert Series is presenting a lineup that is sure to entertain.

Independence Day – The skies in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach light up during July 4th with stunning fireworks from The Beach Club on Fort Morgan Road all the way to Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. The Gulf State Park and The Wharf also host extravagant firework displays.

Summertide Theatre presents: Ring of Fire – The music of Johnny Cash will be performed by The University of Alabama’s professional summer theatre, SummerTide.  Performances are every Tuesday through Sunday evening from June 5- July 3. ‘Walk the line’ to Gulf Shores to see Johnny Cash’s music come to life at the George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center in Gulf Shores.

The Blue Marlin Grand Championship – The greatest show in sportsfishing will once again present the over-the-top weigh-in for The Blue Marlin Grand Championship a the Wharf July 7-12.  Named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast, The Grand Championship befits the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

100 Days of Summer at The Wharf – The Wharf is hosting an entertaining summer filled with events and concerts including the nightly Spectra light shows beginning at 8:30pm. Kids’ night is every Wednesday night in the Palm Plaza next to the Ferris wheel. It is Free to the public with bouncy houses, face painting, hair wraps an
d more.

We suggest you retreat to the beautiful beaches of Alabama for the 100 Days of Summer.  Create happy memories in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and take advantage of the many coastal activities and events. Please let us know what is on your must do list for the summer.

Fireworks TBC Clubhouse


Girls Getaway: Setting Sail to the Beach

Blog written by Heather Boothman

A Brit and a Southerner

Planning a girl’s getaway can be difficult especially when trying to come to an agreement on the best destination. Whether it’s shopping sprees or relaxing with spa day treatments, identifying a perfect location is critical before hitting the open road.

After much discussion, we all agreed that our chosen location required a beach, good shopping, fun attractions and of course great food! I soon realized that the choice was not difficult at all and the question had been answered in record time – Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in Alabama. Having visited this stretch of coastline previously with my husband, I knew that taking my girls here was the perfect choice.  All we have to do now is plan our itinerary in an area that has endless possibilities.

Where to Stay

During my last visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we stayed at The Beach Club by Spectrum Resorts and had an amazing experience there. We researched various other alternatives in the area but many of the resorts just didn’t compare to Spectrum Resorts high quality accommodation. A word of caution if you are planning a getaway for early May. Book early because this is the start of the peak season and this is a much sought after destination and you certainly don’t want to settle for something if it is not at the beach.

Spectrum Resorts has the ‘best of the best’ along the Gulf of Mexico so when we stumbled across another property of theirs I didn’t think twice. Turquoise Place is a luxurious resort that is located in the heart of Orange Beach. All the best amenities like a gas grill and your own private Jacuzzi are included, in addition to their Clean Bed Guarantee that is revolutionizing the market.

Have you ever wondered how frequently hotels and resorts actually wash your bed linens? Sometimes comforters may only be washed twice each year. However thanks to Spectrum Resorts, “Each guest bed will be made with a freshly washed duvet and linens prior to your arrival.”  Turquoise Place here we come! 

What are our Plans

When you make a trip to the beach of course there will be morning runs, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets and that amazing beach smell with the waves crashing while we are relaxing. What do you do when you venture away from the beach? 

We are hoping to save time for a little retail therapy in the nearby Tanger Outlet mall in Foley, as well as the local markets and boardwalks within the area.

There is something to be said for being one with the ocean and we are excited to have booked a sunset cruise with Sail Wild Hearts. The cruise will last around 1.5 to 2 hours on a 53-foot catamaran. Tickets are $35 to cruise around while we sooth our souls and embrace the moments with the ocean.

The Waves of Wine Festival will be taking place during our visit, featuring live music, food from a variety of local restaurants as well as craft beer and of course over 120 different wine selections to try. Tickets are also $35 and that includes a cruise around the bay during the event for you to enjoy the breathtaking scenery in the Gulf. An added incentive is the inclusion of a wine glass and bag to help cherish your memories from this experience. The festival will be at a Caribe The Resort, which is in close proximity to Turquoise Place.

Where to Eat 

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is spoiled for choice when it comes to fine restaurants and cuisine options. Seafood here is delicious and the hardest part is choosing which of the many establishments to sample.

One restaurant that I am really excited about trying is The Gulf, which is located directly on the beach. Serving food inspired by the Gulf of Mexico, this outdoor venue is just a really cool looking restaurant. Did you know The Gulf is made out of repurposed shipping containers? This beach bar has much to offer in terms of atmosphere and of course food selection, from burgers to tacos this place looks like it has it all and dinner is going to be amazing.

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Easter EGGcitement

Easter is a time to rejoice and celebrate life.  Make plans to spend quality time relaxing and creating happy memories with your family. The Gulf Coast is filled with Easter festivities and Spring Break activities.

Are you looking for some Easter EGGcitement? Here are a few events you should add to your must do list for Easter weekend.

Wales West Cottontail Express

Board the Cottontail Express at Wales West on weekends until April 4 for a real Steam trail ride through the Bunny Hutch. Take your pictures with the Easter Bunny, visit the petting zoo and blast Peeps’ from cannon. Hop your way to Wales West and get your complimentary Easter basket and bunny ears.

Spring Azaleas at Bellingrath Gardens

Bellingrath Gardens is showcasing over 250,000 lively azalea blooms on 65 acres.  Azaleas are at their peak in full bloom for the next couple of weeks and the display is a “true southern icon.”  Bellingrath Gardens is open year round featuring floral pageantry in a spectacular estate garden.  As the sun rises over Bellingrath Gardens on Easter Sunday, a sunrise service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and offerings will benefit Family Promise of Coastal Alabama.

Easter Sunday Brunch at The Beach Club

Brunch is an Easter morning tradition and Executive Chef, Brody Olive and his team are serving an annual brunch at Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club.  Enjoy Blue Crab Deviled Eggs, Grilled Leg of Lamb Skewers, Bon Secour Shrimp & Grits, Herb Rubbed Prime Rib and much more. Click here to view the entire menu.

Egg Hunts

The Hangout is offering brunch at 8:00 a.m. and activities for all ages begin at 11:00 a.m. Known as “the Island’s largest kids Easter Egg Hunt.” You can have an EGGcellent time where “59 ends and the fun begins.”

The Beach Club is hiding an ocean of 6,000 eggs for kids 12 and under at the Annual Easter Eggstravanza on the front lawn of The Village for the egg dash at 1:00 p.m.  Get your face painted, take a train ride and get your photo made with the Easter Bunny.

LuLu’s at Homeport Marina is hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 2:00 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Take  your picture with the Easter Bunny and hunt for EGGciting treasures in the sand.

We hope everyone has an EGGcellent Easter Sunday. For additional information on area events and activities, please visit www.gulfshores.com.

Mardi Gras Madness on Alabama Beaches

It only happens once a year, but people from all over flock to the Gulf Coast to celebrate Mardi Gras. There are beads, masks, costumes and parades galore. Many people think of New Orleans as the birthplace of Mardi Gras but French settlers organized the first Mardi Gras celebration in Mobile. The first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans in 1837 and is now considered the place where the good times roll.

If you are staying in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach this Mardi Gras season, there are many ways to celebrate. You can line the streets to yell at passing floats for beads, you can attend a Mardi Gras ball or enjoy a Mardi Gras boat parade.

Here are 5 parades you won’t want to miss in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

1. LuLu’s is hosting the 3rd Annual Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball on February 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets include open bar, music by the Tip Tops and dinner. Guests must be 21 or older to attend this event.

2. The Mystical Order of Mirams rolls down Perdido Beach Boulevard on February 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Orange Beach.

3. The Mystic of Pleasures starts in Orange Beach on February 14 at 5:30 p.m. on Perdido Beach Boulevard.

4. Two family-friendly parades make their way down Main Street at The Wharf on February 14. The Children and Pet Parade begins at 4 p.m. and the traditional float parade begins at 6 p.m. All kids are invited to jump in the free bounce houses and the nightly light show will feature the sounds and sights of Mardi Gras.

5. Three parades occur on Fat Tuesday, February 17:
• The Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Highway 59 from Clubhouse Drive to the Main Public Beach by Hangout.
• The Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Perdido Beach Boulevard and ends at Alabama Highway 161.
The Annual LuLu’s Mardi Gras Boat Parade will depart from The Wharf at 3 p.m. and travel along the Intracoastal Waterway to LuLu’s. It is also LuLu’s 16th anniversary so indulge in a slice of complimentary cake to celebrate.

Freelance writer, Karon Warren recently shared her tips with Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism on how to Have a Family-Friendly Mardi Gras on Alabama Beaches. Please read her blog post and let us know how you celebrate Mardi Gras.

Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

4 Popular New Year’s Eve Celebrations on the Coast

New Year’s Eve is a time to say goodbye to one year and to start a new year off with a bang. Where better to do that than on the Alabama Gulf Coast watching fireworks, enjoying fresh local cuisine and spending quality time with friends and family?  With all of the Gulf Coast activities taking place, we have composed a list of the most popular New Year’s Eve celebrations in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

The Wharf’s Annual New Year’s Eve Street Party

Reel in the New Year at the Wharf with fireworks, family friendly activities, live music and a Marlin Drop at midnight. Admission to the annual street party on Main Street is free and features a variety of entertainment for all ages. VIP tickets are available for the Jim Beam Kentucky Fire VIP Club that includes hors d’oeuvres, complimentary drinks, party favors and a comfortable lounge with the best seats in the house.

Flora-Bama’s New Year’s Eve Bash

Enjoy live music on three stages, party favors and champagne flowing all night. You won’t regret blowing it out one more time before committing to your New Year’s resolutions.  Enjoy a dinner buffet from 7pm until midnight and take advantage of the complimentary breakfast sandwiches served at the gift shop starting at 12:30am. “Do it on the line” and enjoy the New Year’s Eve Bash at the Bama.

Celebrate New Years at The Beach Club

Begin 2015 with elegance and flair at Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club. Create happy memories with your friends and family at the renowned annual celebration featuring a spectacular fireworks show, dinner at Coast Restaurant prepared by Executive Chef Brody Olive, live music and a champagne toast at midnight.  Accommodations packages are available so skip the drive and sleep in. 

New Year’s Eve at Fisher’s

If you are looking for a more romantic and intimate setting, then we suggest Fisher’s Upstairs for an all inclusive four course dinner and wine pairing with an open bar. Enjoy live music by Robert Ellis and band. Seating is limited to 100 tickets. Cocktails start at 7:30pm, Dinner is served at 8:30pm and the show begins at 10:30pm.

From the Spectrum Resorts family, we wish you a safe and Happy New Year.


How to Host a Last Minute Holiday Cocktail Party


By Martie Duncan/MartieDuncan.com

You’ve got the house decorated, why not ask a few friends over for some holiday cheer? Here is a no-fail plan for a quick get-together-just in time for the most wonderful time of the year.
The food doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Serve a few make-ahead or store bought appetizers that guests can easily pick up and not have to wrestle with silverware. I’m a big fan of grazing-it enables easy mingling and conversation. A cheese board is very easy and always a favorite. Add one or two holiday treats, a dessert cocktail, homemade truffles, or even a simple assortment of nice chocolates arranged on a tray to complete the menu.
Mix a signature cocktail or chill a few bottles of something sparkling: Champagne if your budget allows and Prosecco if it doesn’t. Turn on some holiday tunes and you’re ready to celebrate.
One of my favorite make ahead recipes is my Pickled Citrus Shrimp. I made this recipe for my pilot for Food Network Star because it has always been one of my signature dishes. I discovered this recipe about 20 years ago and have reinvented it many times based on what I had in the house. Around the holidays I add orange slices, a few whole cloves, and a splash of orange liqueur to change it for the season.

Recipe courtesy MartieDuncan.com
Skill level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 minutes if you buy peeled and deveined shrimp. If you buy shrimp you have to clean, add 20 minutes.
Cook Time: 6-8 minutes for the shrimp but the marinade takes 8-24 hours
Yield: Approximately 60 shrimp

For the shrimp:
2 Tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
2 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
3 pounds medium raw shrimp (16-20 count), peeled and deveined with the tails on
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the marinade:
2 small Spanish onions, sliced paper thin
2 cloves garlic, sliced very thin
2 lemons, sliced very thin
1 orange, sliced very thin
14 small bay leaves or 7 large ones
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
½ teaspoon whole cloves
Scant pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper
¼ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Preheat oven to 400-degrees.
Mix the Old Bay, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Place shrimp on a sheet tray, drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Sprinkle with the Old Bay mixture. Cook for 6 minutes or until shrimp just turn pink; flip and cook another 2 minutes.
Whisk all of the marinade ingredients together in a large glass or plastic bowl except the lemon and orange slices, and bay leaves.
When the shrimp come out of the oven, put them directly into the marinade, toss, add the lemon slices, orange slices, bay leaves, and let cool. Wrap the bowl tightly with 2 layers of plastic wrap. Put the bowl in the refrigerator and marinate, turning the shrimp in the bowl occasionally to mix well for at least 8 hours and for up to 24 hours before serving. Place a large glass bowl in the fridge to chill for serving the shrimp.
To serve: Remove the bay leaves. Strain and reserve the liquid from the shrimp using a medium sieve or strainer so the seeds and cloves can pass through but it is ok if some remain in the shrimp.
Put the shrimp in a chilled glass bowl. Add some of the marinade, (leave out the seeds) back to the shrimp and toss. The shrimp should not be swimming in the marinade liquid. The onion, lemon, orange, and seeds are all edible but are for garnish and not intended to be eaten so you can omit them from the serving dish if you prefer.
Serve in a large bowl with a slotted spoon.

Homemade truffles are so delicious and so creamy; they are so worth the effort. These make a nice gift for the holidays or the perfect addition to a dessert bar.

Recipe courtesy MartieDuncan.com
Skill Level: Easy
Prep Time: 30 minutes

2 cups 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
¼ teaspoon orange zest with ½ teaspoon orange liqueur
¼ teaspoon strong coffee or espresso with ½ teaspoon coffee liqueur
In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer. Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the chocolate chips. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and pour into a shallow bowl or Pyrex baking dish.
Cool, cover, and refrigerate the mixture until firm, at least 2 hours.
Use a very small ice cream scoop, a melon baller, or very small spoon to roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Keep your hands cool by washing them in cold water before you roll the truffles. Dust each ball with cocoa. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
You may also roll truffles in finely chopped toasted nuts, toasted and chopped coconut, or dust with Confectioner’s sugar.
Makes 24-30 depending on the size.