Black Friday is upon us and we have to admit it鈥檚 almost become a holiday unto itself. Whether you鈥檙e out shopping for deals or catching some football games on the TV, there鈥檚 much to do and see. We thought you might need a pick-me-up after running around town or lazing about on the couch, so we created a caffeinated libation as a little treat that will still keep you on your feet.

Your Black Friday Pick-Me-Up: Spiked Chocolate Espresso

Makes 6 small drinks


鈥 3 cups water

鈥 3 Starbucks Via instant coffee packets (unflavored)

鈥 3 ounces chocolate-flavored vodka

鈥 1 cup whipping cream

鈥 2 tablespoons whipped cream-flavored vodka

鈥 Cocoa powder to garnish

Gather your ingredients.

Heat water on stove until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in 3 packets of Starbucks Via instant coffee. Then stir in your chocolate vodka.

At this point, it鈥檚 helpful to transfer mixture to a liquid measuring cup for easier pouring.

In a medium-size bowl, combine whipping cream and whipped cream-flavored vodka. Use a hand mixer to whip cream to soft peaks.

See those soft peaks?

Now you鈥檙e ready to assemble. Pretty easy so far, huh? Divide espresso mixture among 6 glasses.

Top with whipped cream鈥

and sprinkle with a little cocoa powder.

Finito! Don鈥檛 you look like an Italian barista? Serve your libation warm or cold and enjoy your Black Friday pick-me-up.

What are you doing for Black Friday? Let us know in the comments section below.