Important summer discovery

If you have no car and no AC and it’s way too hot to walk to Starbucks or the Coffee Bean, you can make a halfway decent ice-blended drink at home:

-Make a cup of coffee
-Let it sit in the freezer for a few hours
-Mash up the icy parts with a spoon
-Stir in some hot chocolate mix

Yum. It’s not quite as good as the real thing, and it took several hours to make, but I’ll take what I can get. (And now I appreciate that when I spend $4 or $5 on a coffee beverage, I’m paying for the convenience of having it instantly.)

6 Replies to “Important summer discovery”

  1. Actually, you can make a nice frosty Frappacino type beverage fairly quickly. It’s not Starbucks, but it’s a suitable replacement when you can’t (or won’t) leave home to get one.

    Start with a good rich, brewed coffee, or you can use a good instant coffee. For hot coffee, use hot chocolate mix. For cold coffee, add Nestle Quick or suitable replacement. Add sugar to taste, and/or more cream to taste.

    Dump it all in the blender with some ice cubes, and blend til thick. Viola, a nice cold beverage in less than 15 minutes.

    This recipe has saved my sanity more than once.

  2. ooh, maybe I’ll try that tomorrow. I was originally thinking that if I put it in the blender with ice it would get too watered down, but I guess the chocolate mix adds enough extra flavor?

  3. Yes, you would want the coffee to be stronger than you would normally drink, or expresso strength, so that it would not get watered down by the ice. If the coffee is hot when you blend it with ice, it will get watered down more than if you started with a cold liquid, so adjust accordingly. Here on the east coast, our heat index is over 100, plus we have all that humidity on top of it. I make this stuff by the pitcher full and put it in the refrigerator. It doesn’t usually last very long!

  4. Here’s another trick: Brew a pot of coffee, let it cool then fill ice cube trays with it. Freeze overnight, then pop them out into a baggie or tupperware thing and store them in the freezer. Then make your ice blended mocha or whatever whenever you want.

  5. I used to work at Coffee Bean and there is no magic to making those drinks. Ice in a cup. Half milk, half coffee mix (or tea, or juice) added to the line (no line on your cups at home, experiment!). Then some scoops of the vanilla/choco powder (syrup for you starbucks fanboys), and blend well. I felt robbed when I learned how easy it was to make those things, but when I started drinking them for free, I felt a lot better.

    I like you choco milk idea. I mean, quick (oh, I mean nesquick :p ) is your chocopower right there.

    Stay cool Angelinos and Angelinas!

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