One day of warm weather, and I'm already thinking of cold drinks! Iced Mochas, Cherry Berry Chillers, Frozen Lemonade...mmmmm.... I have a goal to not blow all my free money on fast food icy drinks this summer, so I dug out an old recipe we whipped up years ago when we wanted to have a treat without all the nasties in it. Back in those days, getting ahold of food dye or artificial flavors would mean days of chaos in our home, so I wasn't taking any chances! These days, I'm glad I can make it decaf as caffeine makes my heart go pitter pat in a most unnerving way. ;o)
Since I had the handy dandy squeeze bottle left over from the wedding coffee bar, I whipped up a double batch and filled it up. You can see how much is missing since I made it a week ago. I did NOT use all that myself! I still have teens in the house, you know.
Here is our Mocha Latte all dressed up with whipped cream.
~Super easy. Just don't let it boil over.
~Might be interesting with some different extracts. Coconut? Hazelnut for a Nutella flavor?
3/4 C Raw Sugar
1/3 C cocoa powder
1/4 C instant decaf coffee crystals
1/2 C water
1 T vanilla
Whipped Cream, optional
~Combine sugar, cocoa and coffee in a pan.
~Whisk together until completely mixed.
~Add water, whisk until combined.
~Bring to a boil, lower temp and let simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Be careful not to let it boil over, it can happen very quickly.
~Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir.
~When cool, pour into a container.
~Does not require refrigeration unless it's not going to get used up in a month or so.
~To serve, mix 2 Tablespoons of syrup into a glass of milk, adjust to suit your tastes.
~If you want to dress it up, pipe some whipped cream on top. (But it's kind of overkill. ;o)
Blessings from my eager-for-summer kitchen to yours,