Salted Caramel Mocha
1 shot of espresso or 3/4 cup coffee
1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder (the hot chocolate kind,
not the unsweetened baking kind)
Pinch of sea salt (Starbucks uses a blend of smoked sea
salt and turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top)
1/2 cup milk
Whipped cream (optional)
Extra caramel sauce and sea salt to
drizzle/sprinkle on top
With an espresso maker:
Prepare espresso. Place caramel sauce, cocoa powder
and sea salt in a mug and pour espresso over them.
Froth milk and slowly pour into mug, stirring to
combine everything. Add more caramel, cocoa and/or
salt to taste. Top with whipped cream, drizzle caramel sauce, and a tiny pinch of sea salt.
Without an espresso maker:
Prepare coffee. Place caramel sauce, cocoa powder and
sea salt in a mug. Pour coffee into mug, stirring to
combine everything. Heat milk in microwave or on the
stove and add to mug, stirring everything to combine.
Add more caramel, cocoa and/or salt to taste. Top
with whipped cream, caramel sauce and a tiny pinch of
Homemade White Hot Chocolate
4 cups milk of your choice (or you can substitute heavy cream
or half and half, or do a mixture)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. white chocolate chips
Whipped cream or marshmallows for topping
Stir together milk, vanilla and white chocolate chips in a
medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring
occasionally, until the white hot chocolate comes to a simmer.
(Do not let it come to a boil). Remove from heat and serve
immediately, topped with whipped cream
or marshmallows if desired.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
2 tbsp canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup milk of choice, or (for a richer taste) a combination of
nondairy creamer and milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3-4 tbsp strong coffee
sugar or stevia to taste
Mix all ingredients except coffee with a fork or whisk. Either
microwave or heat on the stove until desired temperature
is reached. Add coffee and whisk again. If desired, top with
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Homemade Holiday Drinks
1 cup milk, steamed
1 cup very strong coffee (4 tablespoons coffee grounds
to 1 cup of hot water)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
2-3 tablespoons peppermint syrup
Whipped cream (optional)
Chocolate Syrup (optional)
Crushed Peppermints (optional)
If using a French press:
Prepare your hot water in a kettle. Add four
tablespoons of your favorite coffee grounds to your
French press. Pour 1 cup of hot water over them and
allow the coffee to steep for four minutes while you
prepare the other ingredients. If not using a French
press: prepare coffee as you normally would.
In a pot, heat up one cup of milk until it is steaming.
Froth the milk with a wire whisk or an immersion
blender until it is nice and foamy. In your coffee
cup, mix together the prepared coffee, cocoa powder,
sugar, and peppermint syrup until the sugar and
cocoa powder are dissolved and there are no lumps.
Pour the milk foam over the top of the coffee/mocha
mixture and stir. Top with whipped cream, a generous
drizzle of chocolate syrup and crushed peppermints.