We all have vices or guilty pleasures – mine is coffee. I absolutely love coffee and it is a staple in my daily routine. Lately I have been so busy that I am unable to stop at Starbucks or at the local coffee haunts by my house (Commonwealth, Local, or Rosella) so I have started packing my own to go. My poison of choice is cold coffee – sometimes hot but with the warm weather approaching an iced beverage is ideal. Now that I am preparing my coffee at home I am getting creative with what I put in and so far this is the winning combination…
Before I give away my beverage secrets I must share some facts about my favorite ingredient… Cinnamon is a great spice and is shelf stable for about 2-3 years as long as it is sealed well. Just a single teaspoon of cinnamon contains 6 calories and 1.4 grams of fiber – if you are low in fiber intake then this is a great low-calorie addition. It is a great addition to cereals/, desserts, fruit dishes, spicy dishes, and beverages due to its sweet aroma.
- 4-ounces, cold press coffee – my favorites are Chameleon which I usually obtain from Whole Food’s Market or HEB (Black Coffee Concentrate or Mocha Coffee Concentrate) and Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Coffee
- 4-8 ounces, water (depends how strong you want your coffee)
- 1-1.5 Tbsp, cinnamon
- 1-2 drops, liquid stevia (in moderation)
- Handful cubes, ice
- In a mason jar with a lid or shaker – combine: coffee concentrate (follow the recommended amount on the jar which is usually 4-ounces per person), water, cinnamon, stevia, and ice.
- If you are serving more than one person, multiply the number of people you are providing caffeine for by the serving amount for each ingredient.***
- Shake well and enjoy.
- Or if you want a blended ice beverage – whip out your blender and blend away!
xxx – Sarah