A café Americano, consisting of espresso with added boiling water, is a staple in most coffee houses. Some say it acquired prominence during WWII. American soldiers in Italy found the espresso offered quite different than that of the brewed coffee they were accustomed to drinking at home. By adding hot water to their Italian espresso, the drink became much more palatable. The amount of water added varies by location. In the United States, the ratio is typically one part espresso to one part water, although some prefer one to two. The addition of water to espresso results in a beverage with similar strength to that of brewed coffee, but retaining the distinct flavor of espresso. To find your preferred ratio a bit of experimentation may be needed. Here I prepare an Americano using the one to one ratio. My version is decidedly sweet due to the addition of caramel cream topping. Enjoy!
I embrace everything about the autumn -- crisp falling leaves, tart apples coated in caramel sauce, and cinnamon-dusted treats. I have combined my favorite autumn tastes into a beautiful fall-flavored latte. Best of all it is as easy to prepare as it is delicious. Enjoy!
The fall season fills many coffee lovers' minds with thoughts of pumpkin spice yumminess. While I am in no means denying the appeal of a perfect pumpkin spice latte, caramel is my autumnal confection of choice. To celebrate the luscious, deep, rich, sugary goodness, I have concocted this easy to prepare salted caramel mocha. Enjoy!
Let's face it, we all love a good pumpkin spice latte and sometimes we just need a break. From maple to graham cracker to caramel, we hope you enjoy these delicious autumn-inspired drinks! Image from foxandbriar.com/simple-maple-latte/ Maples Lattes! Few things conjure up that fall feeling like the taste of fresh maple. Lucky for us, maple... Continue Reading →
The word macchiato translates from the Italian to "spotted" or "stained". Traditionally, an espresso macchiato is an afternoon treat composed of one shot of espresso spotted with a dash of frothed milk. The latte macchiato, on the other hand, is composed of a glass approximately 1/3 - 2/3 filled with milk, and marked, or stained, with espresso. The espresso is slowly poured into the milk, literally creating a “spot” in the center of the glass. The additional blending of flavors and the advent of the iced macchiato became popularized in the 1990s. Here is my version of the iced caramel macchiato. Enjoy!
A caramel flavored kiss on a cool Valentine's Day is the inspiration behind today's cocktail. Grab your honey, give the shaker a shake, and see how the night unfolds! Directions 1) Rim a martini glass with salted caramel sauce (*see recipe below). Roll the edge slowly over the plated sauce and set aside. 2) In... Continue Reading →