I love coffee…that may be an understatement. I truly enjoy coffee. I have been a coffee drinker since I was a teenager. It started out as cappuccino and has developed into lush flavorful lattes! I like to experiment (a little) with my lattes. I am up for different flavorings and trying new kinds of coffee, but I am probably considered a high maintenance coffee drinker. I don’t walk into the store and buy Folgers (sorry not sorry). I have very specific brands I am looking for and want. I have even gone to the extent of throwing a little bit of a fit when my husband put Folgers in our coffee maker one morning. I rebelled to the extent of not drinking it and making my own coffee in my coffee press. Which, truth be known, coffee from a coffee press is probably some of the best coffee you will ever drink.
So what is my basic go to coffee mix…it’s simple. My favorite basic black coffee. I like a dark roast coffee, my husband prefers lighter roast, so we split the difference and go with a medium roast coffee. Typically I buy ground Seattle’s Best, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts – what ever sounds good while I am at the grocery store. Making a basic latte is super simple. All it takes is your favorite brewed coffee/espresso and some steamed milk. What makes all drinks different is the order you add all the ingredients. Probably my favorite mixup is the Latte Macchiato…..steamed milk on the bottom with espresso on top. I am not a big fan of all the extra flavoring like mocha, caramel, vanilla, and so forth. I am very simple and plain. Every once in awhile I like to add a little bit of cinnamon to mine, but that’s about the extent of my coffee experimentation.
On the other hand, my girls love all kinds of different coffees. Iced coffees and frappes seem to be their favorites. Since we live in the middle of nowhere it often feels like, I have taken it upon myself to figure out how to make some of their favorites.
Here is my take on a few of their favorites!
Super simple to make. All it takes are a few basic ingredients that most of us have in our pantry. You can easily swap out the chocolate syrup and chocolate chips for caramel or any other flavor that is your favorite.
Here’s how to make it.
- 1-2 heaping tablespoons instant coffee/espresso
- 1/2 – 1 cup of water (boiling and let cool to room temp)
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 cup of ice
- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- whipped topping
- handful of chocolate chips
- Brew your coffee any way you like it. If I am making one of these in the morning I use the coffee in the pot. Sometimes I use the coffee press to make these special for the girls. When I use 2 tablespoon of espresso that equals about 6-8 ounces of water. If I use the press then I may only use one tablespoons.
- Once your coffee has cooled to room temperature. Pour the coffee, milk, ice, chocolate syrup, and chocolate chips to blender or a Nutri Bullet. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into cup and serve with whipped topping!
The next drink is probably the most favorite in my house, at least amongst my kids….iced coffee. This is Grace’s favorite drink I would say, especially when I make it a chai latte iced. Again super easy and only takes a few minutes, especially if you already have your espresso/coffee already brewed.
This recipe requires you to make simple syrup – super easy to make it’s a 1:1 ratio. 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Boil until the sugar dissolves completely. Let cool. Once it’s cooled you can add flavorings such as vanilla. I add about a teaspoon to mine. Put in a seal tight container. I like to use my mason jars. Keep in the fridge. Simple syrup usually lasts for a few weeks in the refrigerator.
Steps for Iced Coffee:
- Brew coffee, as described above.
- Empty ice into cup (around 1/4 -1/2 cup of ice)
- Pour coffee over ice (room temp)
- Stir in 1 cup of milk (I use almond milk)
- Add 1 tablespoon simple syrup (flavored or unflavored)
In order to make this a Chai Latte just add some chai tea that has been brewed. It only takes about 1/4 of a cup of brewed chai tea. You may have to reduce a few of your other ingredients, but I just use a bigger cup if necessary!