Who wouldn’t want to make the perfect hot brew or strawberry frappé at home? I mean, if I could learn how to, it would be my go-to every morning before the day begins. You can get your totally appropriate caffeine fix in the comfort of your own home. Check out our list of delicious coffees that’ll taste like you got it straight from the counter!
White Chocolate Latte
For an enticing treat after you’ve been out and about on a chilly day, mix white chocolate pieces with milk (half and half) and instant coffee, heat and stir to complete. You can add vanilla and almond extracts to enhance the flavour too! Serve with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick for a plush Christmassy finish.
- 2 cups milk (personal preference)
- 1 cup half and half (or half a cup of whole milk and ½ cup of light cream)
- 2/3 cup white chocolate chunks
- 2 tablespoons of instant coffee
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- As much whipped cream as your heart desires
Stir the milk, half-and-half, white chocolate pieces and instant coffee in a small saucepan over low heat until white chocolate chunks have melted. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts; pour evenly into 4 mugs. Top with whipped cream, if desired and you are DONE!
Barcelona Hot Chocolate
A recipe that will get you banning any instant sachets of hot choc from your cupboards. Bittersweet dark chocolate is mixed together with milk, espresso, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and a piece of orange rind – Delicious! This treat isn't as sweet as regular hot chocolate, but it's deep, dark, and truly decadent.
- 2/3 cup of boiling water
- 2 ounces of good quality dark chocolate (60-70%, finely chopped)
- 1 and 1/3 cups low fat milk
- 1 cup of brewed espresso or strong coffee
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1-2-inch piece of orange rind strip
- Whipped topping
Combine 2/3 cup boiling water and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan, stirring until chocolate melts. Add milk, brewed espresso or coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder, brown sugar and rind – then cook over a medium-low heat, stirring with a whisk or fork. Heat for 5 minutes or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently but do not let it reach boiling point. Discard rind. Pour mixture into cups and spoon 1 tablespoon of whipped topping over each serving.
Iced Café Latte
A great alternative to hot coffee, and perfect for when the sun’s out; although I do enjoy this drink all year round!
- ½ cup of instant coffee granules
- ½ cup of boiling water
- 4 cups of chocolate milk
- 2 cups of cold water
- 1 can (14 ounces) of sweetened condensed milk
- Ice cubes
In a large bowl or measuring jug, dissolve the instant coffee in boiling water. Stir in the chocolate milk, cold water and condensed milk, then simply serve over ice!
Who doesn’t love hazelnut? The signature blend of chocolate, hazelnut and coffee is simply divine. A great option to pair with breakfasts or with a Christmas brunch!
- 4 cups of brewed coffee
- ¼ cup of hazelnut flavouring syrup
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- A small pinch of ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon Nutella® – yes, you heard correctly!
In a large saucepan, combine the coffee, flavouring syrup, sugar and cinnamon; heat through. Divide coffee mixture into four mugs. Separately in a small bowl, beat the cream and Nutella® until thickened. Gently spoon onto tops of drinks. Serve immediately.
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