Pumpkin spice latte...peppermint mocha...eggnog latte...just name of the these beloved coffee recipes can bring a smile to my face! The joy of seeing a fancy coffee, laden with whipped cream, drizzled and bedazzled with sweet toppings makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. But finding the time to drive back and forth to the coffee house isn't always doable. (Plus, I still find it hard to justify a $6-a-day coffee habit.)
If you love fancy coffee drinks as much as I do, here are some of my favorite ways to jazz up my coffee at home! These coffee recipes are simply, easy, and will save you lots of time (and money!). Cheers!
Make the Most of Coffee Recipes by Mastering Your Brewing Technique
Love the convenience (and cost-saving!) of at-home coffee, but finding your coffee a little bitter? Try adding a pinch of salt to the grounds before your add the hot water. According to Alton Brown, this reduces the acidity and bitterness in coffee, playing up its natural sweetness.
Extra Inspiration: If you have leftover coffee from this brewing technique, you can save it for decadent coffee recipes or stash it in the fridge for homemade iced coffee.
It's All In The Presentation
You know the joy of seeing your steaming hot coffee placed on the counter, in its beautiful holiday-inspired cup? Create that experience at home by treating yourself to a cute coffee mug or cup and saucer. The only requirement is that the mug brightens your day the moment you look at it!
Whatever Your Preferred Coffee Recipe, Savor The Moment
Part of what makes ordering coffee at a coffee house so joyful is the anticipation of the steaming cup of coffee. As you wait, you’re breathing in the comforting coffee smell and listening to the espresso machine hum along as cup after cup of joy are prepared for eagerly waiting coffee-connoisseurs.
Today, when you brew your cup of coffee, don’t rush through the process. Savor the aroma of freshly-ground coffee and the sound of coffee percolating. Enjoy watching the abstract dance of the creamer as it swirls into the coffee.
Try This Coffee Recipe For A Swoon-Worthy At-Home Coffee Creamer
Instead of store-bought creamers laced with artificial sweeteners and hard-to-pronounce ingredients, make your own coffee creamer at home! Simply add a splash of flavored extract to heavy cream (or half and half), and sweeten to taste (I love adding adding liquid stevia).
Here are some fun combos for at-home coffee creamers:
- Cinna-nilla: 1/2 tsp Cinnamon extract + 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract + 2 cups half & half + sweeten to taste
- Hazelnut : 1/2 tsp Hazelnut extract + 2 cups half & half + sweeten to taste
- Double Vanilla: 1/2-1 tsp Vanilla Extract + 1 Vanilla Bean Pod (scrape the beans from the pod & add to creamer) + 2 cups half & half + sweeten to taste
- Maple-Nut: 1/4 cup maple syrup + 1/2 tsp Almond Extract + 2 cups half & half
Love the taste of espresso but don’t have a machine?
Use an easy cold brew recipe for an intense coffee-concentrate. This cold brew recipe is the perfect base for fancy homemade iced coffee and for hot lattes (pumpkin spice latte, anyone?). If you plan on making a hot coffee recipe, just heat the cold brew and layer with frothy, steamed milk.
Cold Brew Recipe:
- Measure out 1/2 cup of whole bean coffee. Coarsely grind it.
- Add coarsely ground coffee and 2 cups of filtered water to a mason jar or glass container of your choice.
- Steep for 12 hours before pouring through a cheesecloth (or a coffee filter if you’re in a pinch)
- Serve cold brew hot or as iced homemade coffee and enjoy!
Bonus Tip: Top It Off
Add whipped cream and then drizzle on caramel sauce, add a sprinkle of coarse sugar, or add a dash of pumpkin pie spice. Use whatever you have on hand to add some extra pizazz to your coffee recipe!