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5 Quick and Easy At-Home Coffee Recipes

from simple to artisan

We *all* rely heavily on caffeine. And if you’re like us, you might be in the market for new coffee drinks and recipes to boost your morning ritual. So here are some homemade coffee recipes that are sure to perk you right up and get you out of any coffee rut. 

Homemade Simple Syrup 

While simple may be in the name, adding your own flavored syrup to your morning cup o’ joe is anything but. 

What You’ll Need:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 vanilla bean pod (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract or paste (optional) 

Pro Tip: This makes an 8.5 oz batch. Double the recipe if you drink multiple cups of coffee a day. 

What You’ll Do:
In a medium saucepan, add the sugar and water over medium heat. For vanilla flavor, add in one seeded vanilla bean pod, extract or paste.
Stir until the sugar is dissolved. (This should take no longer than 10 minutes.)
Let cool, then pour into a storage container of your choice—we recommend this oil dispenser, but glass jars work just as well. If you added vanilla bean to your syrup, strain the vanilla bean flecks before pouring into the container, if desired. Keep refrigerated for up to a month.
Add into your morning coffee in place of sugar. 

Pro Tip #2: Personalize the recipe further by swapping out cane sugar with brown sugar, adding almond extract instead of vanilla and more. The choice is yours! 

Brown Sugar Latte

A coffeehouse delicacy anyone can make from home!

What You’ll Need:
½ cup of milk (dairy and non-dairy both taste great)
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 cup strong brewed coffee or 2 shots of espresso 

What You’ll Do:
Combine the milk and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Froth the mixture using a handheld milk frother or stick blender.
Pour your brewed coffee or espresso into a mug. Add the milk mixture on top. Sprinkle some brown sugar on top and voila!

Pro Tip: If you’re in a pinch, microwave the milk for 50 seconds in the microwave and froth with the brown sugar, then combine. 

Iced Caramel Macchiato 

Want Starbucks at home? Try this recipe. 

What You’ll Need:
1 Tbsp. of vanilla syrup (or the homemade simple syrup above)
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup milk, cold
2 shots espresso (or 1/3 cup strongly brewed coffee)
1 Tbsp. caramel sauce

What You’ll Do:
In a serving cup, add the vanilla syrup first. Add ice, followed by cold milk and finally the espresso.
Add the caramel sauce on top. Enjoy! 

Pro Tip: If you like your caramel macchiato’s upside down, add the espresso in before your milk of choice. 

Blended Coffee 

There’s something so refreshing about blended coffee in the scorching North Texas heat. 

What You’ll Need: 

1 cups ice cubes
1 cup strongly brewed coffee or espresso, cooled
½ cup milk of your choice
3 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Whipped cream (optional) 

What You’ll Do:
Put the ice, espresso, milk, sugar and vanilla in a blender. Blend until thick and smooth.
Top with whipped cream. It’s that simple! 

Pro Tip: This recipe yields two drinks. Simply cut the recipe in half or set one drink into the freezer to enjoy another day.

Iced Honey Oat Latte

It’s (seriously) the bee’s knees. 

What You’ll Need:
1 cup ice
½ cup oat milk
1 Tbsp. honey syrup
2 shots of espresso or ¼ cup strongly brewed coffee 

For the Honey Syrup:
1 cup honey
1 cup water

What You’ll Do:
To make the honey syrup, add the honey and water to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally until the honey is dissolved.
Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for five minutes. Take the saucepan off the heat and let it cool.
Add the ice and coffee to a serving glass, along with the syrup and oat milk. Adjust the honey syrup and oat milk ratio to taste. 

Pro Tip: If you’re in a rush, regular honey can be added instead of the honey syrup. Just microwave your honey to thin it out before adding in. 

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