This is a Guest Post brought to you by Evin at Food Good Laundry Bad.
I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was 30, for some reason. My dad was Cajun, and loved his chickory coffee – strong, sweet, with a little cream. He started me young, would give me a cup of warm, sweet milk with a tablespoon or two of his coffee in it. Once I graduated to “real” coffee – I just lost interest. Even in high school and college in the 90’s, when you weren’t cool unless you were hanging out in coffee shops till all hours, I’d be there, at the coffee shops, drinking hot chocolate or Italian sodas or other non-coffee drinks. I got my caffine fix from Diet Coke.
When I turned thirty I was working in an office that had no less than 7 coffee pots going at once. I honestly started drinking it to fit in. I discovered one thing – most “white” people (non-Cajuns) don’t drink chickory coffee. Regular coffee isn’t that bad! And I also discovered that I don’t really like cream in my coffee. So regular coffee, black, with a little sugar… that’s awesome! Once I started drinking the regular stuff, I started going to Starbucks with the rest of the girls and discovered iced lattes. Now those… those I got hooked on.
It was easy, too. There was a S-Bux on the way to work and a different one on the way home. I was single, with a great job, one kid, and some disposable income. Well… things are different now. Not my addiction to iced lattes, but that whole disposable income thing. And the fact that I live 27.3 miles (Thank you Google Maps) from the nearest Starbucks. And the fact that I rarely leave my house. So, I had to get creative. I started doing DIY iced lattes when I was pregnant with my eldest daughter and the recipe has changed a lot since then. I’ve streamlined it and made it pretty easy. There’s no call for a complicated coffee recipe.. before you’ve had your coffee. So here’s my easy recipe! Enjoy!
- 2 tbsp instant espresso powder*
- 1 packet instant hot cocoa (regular or sugar free)
- dash cinnamon
- 8 oz cold water
- splash milk
- In a blender (best bet... but you can use a container with a tightly closing lid and just shake the snot out of it) add the water, the espresso powder, the hot cocoa and the cinnamon. Whiz it up until its blended and there's a foam on top. Pour the mixture into a glass filled with ice, and add a splash of milk.
- You can go nuts and add whipped cream and drizzles and what-have-you but I'm just in it for the caffeine - I'll skip the extra calories and mess (I always wind up with whipped cream on my nose. How are you supposed to drink it like that??)
- *The espresso powder I buy is a little pricey, but it lasts FOREVER. Drinking 1-2 lattes a day, a jar will last me a week. The jar costs a little less than a tall latte at Starbucks, so it's a deal. If you can't find it, you can use any instant coffee you like, just double the amount called for in the directions.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do – it’s part of my daily routine. My kids even know not to bug me till they’ve heard the blender go! So enjoy this pick-me-up and let me know how you like it!
Evin is a stay-at-home Mom of three, living in the boonies in Texas. She writes about her struggles with dignity on her blog Food Good Laundry Bad, and manages to feed her family of six pretty good food on a pretty small budget. Even though sometimes she sets the stove on fire. Anything to get cute firemen to the house, right?