Sunday, November 1, 2015

My Favorite Cozy Beverages

After a visit to Waco, Texas I was on a mission to recreate the most delicious chai latte I have EVER had. It was perfectly titled the "Pumpkin Patch" from Common Grounds Coffee. After begging them for the secret ingredients inside the tasty beverage, I was given the specific formula to make it at home. #blessed

As you may have guessed, it has landed right here on this post as one of my favorite beverages. Second to that is a very easy way to make a fantastic cappuccino at home. I must give a big shout out to the single most important concoction that made both of these drinks possible: a milk frother. Have you heard of it before? Any will do, but this tool is a must.

So, let's begin!

Cozy Beverage #1: David Rio Elephant Vanilla Chai Latte

I n g r e d i e n t s 
- David Rio Elephant Vanilla Chai (powdered chai - found mine at Central Market)
- Milk or a milk substitute (whole milk tastes best, but any will work)
- Pumpkin Spice Syrup (I am using Monin)

I n s t r u c t i o n s 
- First, heat up about 6-8 ounces of milk in a microwave safe container for 30-60 seconds (you could also do it on the stove if you prefer)
- Second, pour a thin layer of Pumpkin Spice Syrup into the bottom of your preferred mug
- Third, place milk into milk frother and pump milk frother 60 times
- Fourth, add three tablespoons of David Rio Chai into the milk frother and pump an additional 30 times
- Finally, pour chai into your favorite mug, stir, and enjoy.

What you are left with is an incredibly fluffy, foamy, and warm cup of chai. If you make this one, let me know how yours turns out.

p.s. if you do not have a milk frother, you can use a container with a lid to shake up the milk after it has been heated.

But now, let's move on to beverage number 2.

Cozy Beverage #2: Cappuccino

I n g r e d i e n t s 
- Ground espresso beans
- Milk or a milk substitute (whole milk froths best, but any will work)
- *Optional* Sugar or any extra syrups/flavors

I n s t r u c t i o n s 
- First, brew espresso according to your espresso machine. If you are using a Bialetti, here are some instructions.
- Second, heat up your milk on the stove or in the microwave
- Third, pour milk into milk frother and pump 60-90 times
- Fourth, pour espresso into mug (I would recommend two shots)
- Fifth, slowly pour milk into mug, using a spoon to hold back most of the foam at the top
- Finally, spoon or pour the foam into the mug, add any extra ingredients, and enjoy!

Both of these are easy and perfect for these upcoming cold months. If you are using whole milk, enjoy responsibly :)