Being addicted to caffeine can become an art, if you delve into the lavish realms of gourmet coffee. However, such coffee drinks tend to be on the expensive side. So, if you don’t want to splurge on a mere drink, but still want to enjoy the beauty and divine taste of gourmet coffee drinks, know that there’s a world of gourmet coffee recipes freely available out there. We have compiled a list of the ten most spectacular, popular or visually striking drinks, for all you coffee lovers out there.
1. Irish Coffee
It’s Irish because it involves whiskey, of course. All you need to do is pour yourself two thirds of a cup of hot, preferably strong coffee, a teaspoon of sugar, and stir. You then add one jigger of whiskey, top with whipping cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, for added zing. Whatever you do, don’t stir. You’ll just diffuse the alcohol.
2. Mint Cocoa Coffee
This lovely after-dinner delight involves a jigger of mint liqueur, added to your regular coffee brew. Feel free to embellish with a whipping cream top and a dash of chocolate shavings, if you’re into minty-sweet combos.
3. Coffee Milkshake
The smooth richness of milkshake, combined with energy kick of coffee. A coffee milkshake is the perfect cooler for a hot day, which is why, in preparing it, you need to start with freezer-cold coffee ice cream. Spoon coffee ice cream and a cup of cold coffee into a blender, and give them a hefty whirl. Once it’s done, pour into highball glasses and, if you’re so inclined, a scoop of vanilla ice cream into the mix.
4. Frosty Mochas
Frosty Mochas also make an awesome desert drink. You blend 6 tablespoons of chocolate syrup with a cup of hot coffee, smooth the mixture and allow it to cool down to room temperature. To this, add softened ice cream, a cold cup of coffee, whip it with a beater, until it’s smooth and spoon the result into tall glasses. Serve is right away – but you would’ve done that anyway, seeing how yummy it looks.
5. Spicy Chai Latte
It may sound exotic and complicated, but, in fact, Spicy Chai Latte is just tea with coffee and frothed milk, obtained via the espresso machine. For a traditional Chai blend, use cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fresh ginger root and Darjeeling. Add the mix, or a liquid chai concentrate which you can purchase as such, brew a shot or two of espresso and steam your milk. All done!
6. Café Helado
The Café Helado is a traditional Spanish ice cream desert, made with medium roast Colombia ground coffee, ice cubes, vanilla ice cream, and even some cold milk, if it suits your taste buds. All this, blended with an electric mixer, until you get a rich, creamy delight.
The Frappuccino, a summer favorite of many, is sugar mixed on a low blender speed with hot coffee, with cold milk poured in it in the meantime. Don’t use too a high a speed, or you’ll get too much froth! Once the mixture is smooth enough, add whichever flavor you like best – caramel, hazelnut or almond – and you’re good to go.
8. Marble Mocha Macchiato
The Marble Mocha Macchiato is so sweet and lavish it might be considered positively sinful. Basically, it’s white chocolate syrup, with freshly brewed espresso on top, plus steamed milk. Make sure to top it creatively with Hershey’s syrup.
9. Java Coffee Float
Not a coffee drink per se, this sweet, cool treat features chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, club soda and coffee ice cream (which you can also make at home, using genuine shots of espresso). Stir two tablespoons of chocolate syrup with one cup of club soda, add two scoops of ice cream and devour immediately.
10. Caramel Latte
This gourmet coffee shop staple is your average latte with a dash of caramel syrup. Now, true aficionados will argue that there is no such thing as an average latte, and that preparing the brew and frothing the milk is an art in and of itself. How do you take yours?