Category Archives: Coffee Recipes

Beat the Heat with Coffee and Ice Cream Treats

It’s hot. Oh dear God it is so hot. It’s almost too hot to enjoy the morning cup of coffee, but who are we kidding; of course it’s never too hot for coffee. Yet, it would be nice to cool down with our favorite beverage, but with something different than the usual iced coffee or cold brew coffee.

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How about coffee and ice cream? I don’t necessarily mean coffee ice cream, such as coffee-flavored ice cream. What about an ice cream with coffee dessert? Sure, you can simply pour coffee over your bowl of ice cream as though it was a chocolate topping on a sundae, but here are some other creative ways to combine coffee and ice cream during these dog days of summer. Continue reading

More Halloween-ish Coffee Drink Recipes

While you’re handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, taking your child trick-or-treating, or having fun at a Halloween party, here are a few more coffee drink recipes you should keep on hand! One is a recipe for a pumpkin spice latte that actually uses pumpkin. Did you know that the lattes at Starbucks don’t have pumpkin in them? Bypass that nonsense immediately and make your own!

black-cauldron-ck-xThe Black Cauldron

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup brewed espresso
  • 24 ounces oatmeal stout beer

Place 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream in 4 tall glasses. Pour over each 1 tablespoon vodka, 1 tablespoon brewed espresso, and 6 ounces oatmeal stout beer. Serve immediately.

Halloween-Express-Cocktail-1The Halloween Express

Ingredients

  • 3 oz brewed espresso
  • 1 oz rum
  • 1 oz maple syrup
  • 1 oz half and half
  • Cinnamon sugar for rimming (Mix cinnamon with sugar with a 1:4 ratio)

Wipe the rim of your glass with a couple of drops of maple syrup, and then dip the rim of the glass into the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Put the remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain and pour the contents over ice into your glass, preferably a cappuccino mug or an Irish coffee mug.

Pumpkin Spice Latte with Pumpkin

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee or 1/4 cup brewed espresso

In a medium saucepan, heat the pumpkin and spices over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add milk, sugar, and vanilla, and heat until hot, but do not bring it to a boil.

Pour the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth and slightly frothy. Add the coffee and blend until just combined.

Pour into two large mugs and top with whipped cream and a mixture of nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon if desired.

Processed with VSCOcamItalian Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients

  • 3 cups hot milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 ounces double-strength brewed coffee
  • 3 European styled rolled wafers
  • sugar

Steam or froth the hot milk with the pumpkin pie spice and sugar using a Milk-frother on a cappuccino machine or blender until frothy. Pour the mixture into 3 coffee mugs to about 2/3 full.

Brew coffee and pour 2 ounces coffee into each mug. Stick a European styled rolled wafer into each mug.

Want more coffee drink recipes for Halloween? We have a few.

Two Cold Brew Coffee Methods

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Tis the season for iced coffee. While it’s been suggested that drinking hot coffee may cool you down, it’s not entirely natural to reach for a hot cup of joe when the heat index is 105. On the other hand, you don’t want to constantly fork over cash to your local coffee shop for iced coffee, when you like your blends you already get at home, right? Why not just cold brew your coffee yourself?

If you look up recipes on the Internet for cold brewing coffee, it can be daunting. However, it doesn’t have to be. Cold brewing coffee is really quite simple, and there are two methods to doing so. One is usually called the “hard way” and the other the “easy way,” but neither is easier than the other. More accurately, one takes far more time than the other. In addition, each method produces its own unique coffee flavors. Continue reading

Summer Coffee Recipes

Simply preparing iced coffee and making it a bit sweeter doesn’t exactly make it a summer coffee drink. Wouldn’t you like your summer coffee to also taste a bit like summer? We’ve found a few recipes that do just that. Get your summer tastebuds and your sense of adventure ready. These recipes are definitely not your usual coffee drinks.

rbk-spicy-mayan-mocha-lgnSpicy Godiva Iced Mocha

  • 1 tbsp Vietnamese cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle pepper
  • 8 oz Godiva Chocolate Truffle coffee
  • 8 oz milk
  • 1/2 glass of ice cubes

Mix together the cinnamon, cocoa powder, sugar, nutmeg, and Chipotle powder. Combine the coffee and 1 tbsp of the mix and stir until dissolved. Add the milk and ice cubes, and stir gently. Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and the rest of the spicy powder mix. Continue reading

Coffee Recipe: Nutella Iced Coffee

Veggie-Egg-Nutella-Coffee-Frozen-Yogurt-038Nutella is kind of in right now, to say the least. It’s all the rage as a healthier, yet tasty alternative to traditional spreads for breakfast or a snack. Its hazelnut flavors are definitely not new to coffee, but the notion of combining nutella itself with your coffee is a bit of a nuanced idea.

If you’re quite the nutella connoisseur, you might enjoy this nutella iced coffee recipe posted on Times of India.

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 spoonfuls of instant coffee powder
  • 2 spoonfuls of nutella
  • 1 and 1/2 glass of chilled low fat milk
  • Sugar or honey
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Ice cubes

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How to Make Oreo Iced Coffee at Home

oreo-iced-coffeeOreos go great in milk for sure, but have you thought about making your own Oreo iced coffee concoction? It’s actually easier than you may think.

All you need are coffee, milk, ice cube trays, and Oreo cookies.

First, crush up the cookies and then line the bottoms of the tray cubes with the crumbs. Fill the tray with milk, and then freeze it overnight.

The next morning, brew some coffee, and then drop in a couple of the Oreo milk cubes into your mug. Instant Oreo iced coffee.

Watch this six second video below for a hands-on demonstration.

Want to make an Oreo frappuccino? Continue reading

Make Your Coffee a Little Irish this St. Patrick’s Day

St-Patricks-Day-19St. Patrick’s Day is next Monday! How do you plan to celebrate? Naturally, we suggest doing so with coffee! What’s the best way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with coffee? Make your coffee Irish, of course!

Here are a couple of recipes to help your coffee have a little luck o’ the Irish this weekend and/or on Monday.

Irish Coffee

Yields 1 serving

  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey
  • Heavy cream

In a coffee mug, mix coffee with both the brown sugar and whiskey. Whisk the cream in a small bowl and until it’s slightly frothy. Place a spoon upside down and rest it on the surface of the coffee. Pour cream over the spoon and serve it without stirring.

O’Lucky Irish Coffee

Yields as many as you want!

  • 2 oz Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey
  • 5 oz hot coffee
  • 3 oz warmed Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Peppermint-infused whipped cream for the top

Brew a pot of your regular hot coffee. Pour the Irish Cream, the whiskey, and coffee into a coffee mug. Stir in the brown sugar until completely dissolved.

To make the peppermint-infused whipped cream, steep 2 sprigs of fresh peppermint leaves in 1 cup fresh whipping cream for 10 minutes. If you want the cream to be even mintier, steep the leaves longer or add a bit of mint extract. Remove the leaves and whip the cream with an electric mixer. If you’re feeling festive, add 1 drop of green food coloring. Top your coffee with the whipped cream and serve.

If you want to check out how to make some brownies Irish as well, visit Dinner Vine’s site for a recipe for Guinness Brownies.

Have Some Coffee with Your Steak!

grilling-steakDespite what these recent cold snaps say, warmer weather is around the corner. Soon, grilling season will be upon us, and we have a savory way to blend your love of grilling with your love of coffee. Ever thought about using a coffee rub for your steaks?

Adding a little ground coffee to your dry rubs, or even brewed coffee to your marinades, will give your steak a slightly bitter taste that can be harmonious in a barbecue rub or sauce. The tiny jolt from the caffeine is a little perk as well.

The recipe below comes courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and it sounds joltingly delicious, not to mention very simple. While the recipe does call for sauteing the steak in a pan, this rub can be used with a grill too.

Coffee Rubbed Steak

Yield: 2 servings

  • 1 tablespoon ground espresso coffee
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¾ pound grass-fed strip steak, fat removed (about ¾-inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced

1. Mix coffee with onion powder, paprika, salt, chili powder and brown sugar. Spread on both sides of the steak, pressing the spice on.

2. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the steak and saute 5 minutes, watching to make sure the spices do not burn. Turn the steak over and cook another 5 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 125 degrees for medium-rare and 145 degrees for medium.

3. Remove meat to a cutting board and pour pan juices over the steak. Let rest while finishing the potatoes. Slice and serve. Serve tomatoes on the side.

Try adding coffee in your favorite rubs and marinades this grilling season!

Valentine’s Day Coffee Recipes

Strawberry latteIt’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is just next week! It seems like only yesterday we were cleaning up Christmas decorations and getting ready for the New Year’s celebration. Since Valentine’s Day is so close, we’ve compiled a few sweet recipes to help make your Valentine’s Day a bit more lovely for your significant other. Naturally we assume that since you are reading this blog, either you or your loved one loves coffee as much as we do, and therefore, would love a Valentine’s Day-themed coffee drink without going to a coffee shop.

White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha

  • 1 Pump white chocolate sauce
  • 2 Pumps raspberry syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • Steamed milk

Pour the espresso shots directly into a cup with the sauce and syrup. Stir gently and top it with the steamed milk. Continue reading

It’s Cold Outside! Serve Coffee at your Super Bowl Party!

tullysfootballThanks to the polar vortexes, we’ve had some crazy cold weather, especially in the south. Super Bowl Sunday is projected to have yet another dip in temperatures, so while you’re planning your menu for that Super Bowl party, why not add some hot coffee to keep your guests warm?

For example, set out your Keurig machine with a variety of K-cups, both strengths and flavors, for your party guests to choose from.

Or brew a pot of coffee and keep it near your liquor display for warm adult beverages. Two liquors you should definitely keep as options to accompany your coffee: a good Irish whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream.

Depending on how late your festivities go, you may want to have coffee ready anyway so no one leaves your party without a jolt of caffeine.

If you do decide to serve coffee (which you should, of course), don’t forget the condiments! Stock up on sugar, creamer, Sweet ‘n Low, and flavored creamers.

After the coffee hounds have cleaned you out, we’d be happy to help you replenish your inventory!