Coffee is a very popular drink, of course, and some people enjoy it with sugar and/or cream while others enjoy it black. Many people also enjoy the fancy coffee drinks you buy at places like Starbucks. Those coffee places are expensive, though. Did you know you can make your own delicious fancy coffee drinks at home? Well, of course you can! Here are some of my favorite recipes, both for hot and cold coffee drinks.
Iced Vanilla Latte (This recipe makes one serving; you can double the recipe if you want to make lattes for two.)
You don’t have to be a barista behind the counter surrounded by stainless-steel equipment and rows of glass syrup bottles to make a great iced coffee. In fact, iced coffee is better when made at home, if you know the right method.
The secret to an iced coffee that has delicious flavor without the bitter taste or over-sweetness is to make it the night before using the cold-brew method. Instead of making the traditional pot of hot coffee and then chilling it, you soak the coffee grounds overnight in cold water. It makes a tremendous difference in flavor: it’s smoother and easier to drink, so you don’t need to add extra sugar to cover up any acidic taste.
Once you make iced coffee at home and realize how easy it is and how much better it tastes, the idea of spending cash at a coffee shop each morning seems disappointing. This iced coffee recipe makes two glasses for less than fifty cents, and that’s with the good coffee.
It’s super-easy to make in the French press, but you could also use a glass jar and sieve.
The night before, start with 1/4 cup of coarse ground coffee, and add 1 cup of cold filtered water. Let it overnight.
The next morning add 1 more cup of fresh cold water.
Strain and pour into a chilled glass over ice (makes two glasses).
I add a generous amount of milk and a spoonful or two of raw sugar. You could even make a simple syrup with a little vanilla. If you like extra milk, add less water. Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays for next time.
8 ounces skim milk
one single-serving packet of General Foods International café mocha mix
a few ice cubes
Combine milk and café mocha mix in a blender and blend for a few seconds. Then add ice and blend until smooth and frosty.
Cinnamon Caramel Iced Coffee (This recipe makes 6 servings.)
6 tablespoons coffee grounds
6 cups water
½ cup caramel syrup
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Combine coffee grounds and cinnamon in coffeemaker’s basket. Add water and brew. Stir caramel syrup into hot coffee, then chill in the refrigerator. Serve over ice cubes.