All coffee lovers are in constant search for different and new tastes. Sometimes we’re up for a latte, sometimes for a creamy mocha, and sometimes we simply crave for a caramel cappuccino. Some coffee drinks have earned a fancy status and therefore a higher price, so indulging these guilty pleasures every day can turn into an expensive habit. Luckily, there are many flavored coffee recipes which you can make at home to satisfy your cravings.
Adding an Extra Ingredient
Searching for a new flavor doesn’t require the purchase of a new bag of beans. The real magic hides in the extra ingredients which produce many wonderful alternatives able to surprise you with every sip. There’s a wide variety of syrups available for home and commercial use which you can additionally boost with cinnamon, cardamom, alcohol, plant milk, and even salt. The possible combinations are endless, so we’ll present you with our favorite home-made specials.
The beauty of this special lies in the fact that it comes together in just a couple of minutes. It is quite a simple combination of brewed coffee and warm milk which is infused with brown sugar and caramel. The first step is to brew the coffee and you can use any method you prefer. While it’s
brewing, put some milk and caramel sauce in a small saucepan and heat it on the stove until steaming. For the torched sugar effect add a touch of brown sugar into the saucepan. In the end, simply combine the warmed milk and the coffee in mugs. In order to achieve the coffeehouse look, all you need to do is to top with whipped cream and extra caramel.
The Cotton Candy Twist
Yes, you’ve read it right – adding cotton candy is a creative way to add some excitement to your everyday cup of joe. And doing it is quite simple – first, you prepare a cup of cold milk, then you set a balled-up wad of cotton candy above it, and just pour hot espresso over it. This process of preparing a stunning iced late literally has something of the carnival about it, as you watch the cotton candy melting under hot coffee while it swirls together with milk. Since cotton candy is melted right into the milk with hot espresso, that leaves you with a perfectly sweetened cup of the brown stuff.
Toasted Coconut Energy Boost
Combining coffee, chocolate, and coconut, this toasted coconut mocha is a perfect pick me up. And you don’t even need an espresso machine – although mochas are technically made with espresso and steamed milk, you can easily use regular coffee for this one. Just use highly concentrated dark chocolate syrup for the mocha part. Regarding the coconut flavor, you can use coconut extract since the toasted one goes on top. But if you want an extra strong flavor, go for coconut milk instead. Start with stirring together half a tablespoon of coconut extract and two tablespoons of chocolate syrup in the bottom of the mug. Then pour hot coffee and stir until dissolved. After that, stir in 1/4 cup of milk. Finish by topping the mug with whipped cream and sprinkling toasted coconut over it.
Pumpkin Spice Refreshment
If you wish to spice up the hot days ahead, pumpkin spice frappucino with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon is the way to go. This delight is incredibly easy to make, but everything needs to be prepared the day before. First, you’ll need a blender to blend 1/3 cup pumpkin puree with one cup vanilla almond milk and a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon. Pour that into an ice cube tray (it makes 12 of them) and freeze it overnight. Then make coffee by adding 4 tablespoons of coffee and 4 of cane sugar to hot water, which you also need to cool off – you can also leave it in the fridge overnight or for a couple of hours. The next day (or the day you decide to taste your frappucino) simply blend your pumpkin ice cubes, your coffee, and add extra 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk.
The beauty of making your own flavored coffee specials lies in the fact that they can be entirely unique, depending on your creativity and taste. We hope that our pick has inspired you to search among the variety of combinations for your own personal twist.
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