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The Perfect Homemade Espresso Drinks

By: Amanda Magnus

Being a mom means the only way I get through the morning is usually with caffeine. And some days I require some more in the afternoon too! A few weeks ago, I found this awesome espresso machine on Amazon. I’ve been experimenting with drinks and wanted to share my two favorites with you.

White Chocolate Mocha

The first drink I mastered was a White Chocolate Mocha. Here is what you’ll need:

2 shots of espresso (of 2oz strong coffee)

2-3 tbsp white chocolate syrup

3/4 cup milk (I like whole milk best but 2% works too)

Whip Cream (optional)

To make the latte, you will want to brew your espresso first. For a 12oz drink you will want to brew 2 shots of espresso. I’ve found that the Maxwell House dark roast works just as well as more expensive coffee brands! While the espresso is brewing, pour some white chocolate syrup into the bottom of your cup. The Ghiradelli White Chocolate syrup is great. I tend to eye ball the syrup but it’s probably about 2-3 Tbsp.

Maxwell House coffee and my espresso scoop.
Espresso added to the machine.
Brewed Espresso

Once the espresso is done brewing, pour it into your cup with the syrup and stir. Next, fill a container with a little less than 3/4 cup of milk. My machine has the option to steam the milk so that is what I use. Once your milk is steamed and frothy, use a spoon to hold back the foam and pour in your milk.

Steaming the milk.
I use spoon like this to hold back the foam when i’m pouring the milk.

Finally top with whip cream if you like and enjoy!

Frozen Caramel Latte

This was the second drink I tried since I wanted something with some caffeine for the afternoon but wasn’t feeling a hot coffee. I also made this with Silk Coconut milk instead of regular milk. Here is what you’ll need:

Caramel syrup and coconut milk

2 shots of espresso (or 2oz strong coffee)

4 tbsp Smucker’s caramel sauce

1/2 cup Silk coconut milk

1 1/2 cups ice

Whip Cream

Start by brewing your shots of espresso. If you have some time, let them cool down a bit. Next you can dump everything into your blender and blend until smooth. Pour into your cup, top with whip cream and some extra caramel sauce and enjoy!

Blending everything in my Ninja blender.

So there you have it! I hope you enjoy these espresso drinks as much as I do. What is your favorite coffee drink? Do you ever make them at home?

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