Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, great for a much-needed dose of warmth or a quick pick-me-up. It’s loaded with beneficial nutrients and great antioxidants that won’t only brighten up your day, but improve your health as well. Unfortunately, we may not always have the budget to go to cozy coffee shops everyday! Not to worry, though: with these simple and easy coffee recipes, you’ll be able to enjoy this decadent drink from the comfort of your own home.
- Easy Iced Coffee
If you don’t want to splurge on coffee beans and only have instant coffee in your cabinets, here’s the easiest recipe you’ll ever read:
In a sealable water bottle or jar, combine one packet of instant coffee, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and 3 tablespoons of warm water. Shake it all up until foam appears. Pour in a glass full of ice and add some cool milk. There you go! The fastest iced coffee you’ve ever made in your life. If you want an even better experience, use crushed ice.
- Quick Gingerbread Latte
When you’re home for the holidays and want a sweet treat, this gingerbread latte is the perfect fix! Or maybe it’s summer and you just really crave the taste of gingerbread cookies! To make this recipe, you’ll need some gingerbread syrup. Just combine 1/4 cup of brewed espresso, 2 tablespoons of the syrup, and stir in a cup of warm milk (we recommend steamed milk!).
- Thai Iced Coffee
Thai tea and Thai coffee are rapidly becoming popular. Here’s one quick recipe to make 4 servings of iced Thai coffee that you can share with your family and friends. Add 2 teaspoons of ground cardamom to ground black coffee and brew it. Once it’s done, add 1 teaspoon of almond flavoring and 4 tablespoons of sugar. Then, fill four 12-ounce glasses halfway with crushed ice and add the coffee. Stir 1 tablespoon of heavy cream into each glass and serve.
- Smores Iced Coffee
Smores aren’t just for camping anymore! With this delicious smores-inspired drink, you’ll feel as if you were outside, enjoying the beautiful night sky. Start with a cold brew–soak coffee grounds in water overnight and then strain the coffee. Add some chocolate milk, and then add marshmallow whipped cream. You can make this especially delicious cream by whipping heavy cream in a mixer until soft peaks form, adding one tablespoon of powdered sugar, and then mixing again until the peaks are stiff. Afterwards, add marshmallows or marshmallow pieces. For the finishing touch, crush some graham crackers and sprinkle them on top of the whipped cream. That’s it!
- Quick Mocha Milkshake
During the hot summer months, it’s hard to stay cool and energetic. Fortunately, with this simple mocha milkshake, you can kick back and relax with this creamy, rich dessert. All you need are 2 cups of coffee ice cream, half a cup of whole milk, and a quarter of a cup of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend away until smooth. Once it’s completely blended, pour into a cup and top with delicious whipped cream.
- White Chocolate Latte
White chocolate is one of the most delectable treats since dark chocolate! And what better way to enjoy it than to combine it with a latte? In order to create this quick and delicious white chocolate latte, stir 2 cups of milk, 1 cup of half-and-half, 2/3 cup of white chocolate chips, and 2 tablespoons of instant coffee in a saucepan on low heat. Stir until the white chocolate chips have melted, then add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/4 of a teaspoon of almond extract (optional). This recipe creates four servings, so pour the coffee into 4 mugs and serve immediately.
- Basic Cinnamon Coffee
You may not have any of the ingredients for the other recipes, so here’s a quick recipe that you can make with one spice you’re sure to have in your pantry. To make cinnamon coffee, just stir some cinnamon into your coffee grounds (about 1/8 of a teaspoon) and brew a pot of coffee like you normally would. That’s it! Enjoy the coffee.
- Frosty Caramel Cappuccino
Cappuccinos are great at any time of the day, but this delightful drink works especially well as a mood-booster in the mornings or evenings. You can also enjoy it with cookies during holidays or dinner parties with friends! In a blender, combine one cup of half-and-half and one cup of 2% milk with three tablespoons of caramel, two teaspoons of instant coffee, and ice cubes. Blend until smooth and pour into two chilled smoothie glasses. For an even more glamorous drink, top with a massive pile of whipped cream and drizzle with the rest of the caramel!
Gregory Tumlin is the Editor of A Great Coffee. Who is a Coffee enthusiast and love to share what he know about this field. He is also a husband and father to two young boys as well as a masters student. Chk out his latest blog post on Cold Brew Coffee Makers Guide