I have always heard coffee, wine, and sushi are acquired tastes and I personally found this to be true. Even when I was pregnant, I sometimes craved coffee and would smell it or break down and get a small decaf. ( Don’t judge. You can only fight pregnancy cravings so much!)
When I first really started drinking coffee, I remember riding to work with my coworker and we went to Starbucks. She ordered a very specific coffee at a certain temperature. My mind was blown at how many extras and options there are with coffee. Now that I know what I like (who am I kidding – LOVE!), I wanted to share my favorite coffee beverages and the ingredients to make your own version at home. Pinterest always seems to have any recipe I want! (Note: You can change the syrup flavors as you wish!)
1. Iced Caramel Macchiato
• 2 teaspoons Vanilla Syrup
• 2 shots Freshly Brewed Hot Espresso
• 8 oz Steamed Milk with foam
• 2-3 Tablespoons Caramel Sauce to the drink.
Add the vanilla syrup to a 12 oz mug. To the syrup, add 2 shots of freshly brewed, hot espresso. Steam 8 ounces of milk, then use a frothing tool to make foam. Add foam to the glass, slowly. Drizzle the top generously with 2-3 tablespoons of caramel. Stir.
2. Pumpkin Spice Latte
• 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
• 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
• 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• 1/2 cup brewed coffee
• 1/2 cup milk
In a saucepan add in all of your ingredients. Stir, bring the ingredients to a simmer. Take the saucepan off the heat and pour into your 12 oz. coffee mug. Top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.
3. White Chocolate Mocha
• 8 oz milk
• 2 shots of espresso
• 2 tablespoons of White Chocolate Sauce
• Whipped cream
In your saucepan, combine milk and white chocolate sauce. Heat over low heat and whisk occasionally. Whisk until bubbles start to form along the top sides of the mixture. To make foam, combine milk and white chocolate sauce. Heat according the frother’s instructions. In the milk pitcher that came with your espresso machine, heat milk with the steam wand until the mug is hot to the touch. Add white chocolate sauce and whisk to combine. Top with whipped cream.
4. Espresso Hot Chocolate
• 1/4 cup espresso
• 1 cup milk
• 1/2 Hershey chocolate bar
• Mini Marshmallows
• Whipped cream
Brew espresso. Break chocolate bar into small pieces. Heat 1 cup milk over low heat and add chocolate pieces until melted. Whisk occasionally, until bubbles start to form along the top sides of the mixture. Pour 1/4 espresso then add in the chocolate milk. Top with marshmallows and whipped cream.
5. Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew
- For the Pumpkin Cream:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- For the Cold Brew Coffee with Cold Foam:
- 1 cup cold brew coffee concentrate
- ¼ cup water
For the Pumpkin Cream:
Whisk together the whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla. Whisk in the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until smooth. Cover and place in refrigerator until ready to use.
For the Cold Brew Coffee with Cold Foam:
In a glass filled halfway with ice, add the cold brew coffee concentrate and water, stirring to combine. In a NutriBullet (or other blender) pulse ¼ – ½ cup (depending on how much cold foam you would like) of the pumpkin cream for 10 – 12 seconds, or until fluffy and thick. Voila! Top the iced coffee with the pumpkin cream cold foam and sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice, as desired.
These are my current favorite coffee beverages, I will let you know when my tastebuds change again. What’s your go to coffee? Try these and let me know your favorite. Enjoy!
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