Save Money and Be Your Own Barista

My wallet has definitely taken a hit this holiday season. So sadly, I’ve had to cut back on my $8 dollar a day coffee addiction. I know many can probably relate to my dilemma. If you are in fact like me, then I know that it’s not really that easy to just go cold turkey on a yummy cup of joe. My solution? I’m just going to make the coffee at home.

I know the idea of making your own specialty coffee at home is no great stride for bettering mankind, however, it is a great solution. It’s more affordable and you never have to leave the comfort of your home. Whether you prefer coffee hot or iced, there are endless flavors and combinations to be made. All that is needed is a little creativity.

After a bit of perusing on the internet, I came across a recipe for one of my favorite coffee shop drinks.

Caramel Macchiato

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of milk
  • Vanilla syrup (whichever brand you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh expresso
  • Caramel sauce
  • Vanilla Whipped cream

Vanilla Whipped Cream 

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • Vanilla extract (try not to use imitation vanilla)

Directions

1. For whipped cream, you’ll need a mixing bowl and whisk. Place bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill. Next, take your bowl and add the whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk the mixture until stiff peaks begin to form. Once done, place bowl in freezer until needed. 2.To make the coffee an espresso machine is preferred but you can always use a regular coffee maker. Next, warm the milk on the stove. *Quick Tip: If you aren’t using an espresso machine, then just make your coffee double the strength. I’m horrible at making coffee correctly, so I’ve invested in Kcup brewer. They’re a super easy way to make a great cup of joe. I’ve even recently spotted some Starbucks k cup pod products in my local grocery store. The creations that could be made with them are probably endless.* 3. Once the coffee has been prepared and your milk has been warmed, combine coffee, milk and about 2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup into a blender. Blend ingredients until frothy or a little foamy on top. 4. Pour ingredients from the blender into your mug of choice. Add a bit of your vanilla whipped cream, then drizzle the caramel sauce on top.
*To make this an “iced” coffee drink, simply add ice when blending

Voila, your very own Caramel Macchiato dupe. The vanilla whipped cream is a bit of a deviation from the versions I’ve gotten before so it is definitely optional. Hopefully, making your own coffee shop drinks wont’t seem as daunting of a task.