The thing about going through a transition in life is that once you sift out the chaff you’re sometimes left with a rather eclectic collection of valuables. For example, you might find that your really good friends (the ones that count) may be from very different social groups, and may or may not get along together. Maybe you’ll find you are relying more and more on your own very mixed-genre music collection because no radio station in the world would play that particular combination. Or maybe you’ll find out that you really like Italian iced cappuccino – made in mason jars and served in a beer stein.
In case you were wondering what gets me through the day, here’s my recipe. What is the nectar of your life? I’d love to hear about it.
Redneck Frappuccino (Serves One)
- 1/2 medium mason jar of cold brew coffee (I just make these up on the weekend for the whole week. The need to be made 24-48 hours a head of time.)
- 1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa slurry (I keep a mason jar of that in the fridge, too.)
- 3 Packets of Sweet-n-Low (or whatever sweetener you prefer, to taste)
- 1 pinch of salt
- A few drops of pure vanilla, and pure peppermint (or whatever flavoring you prefer, to taste)
- 1/2 cup milk (or whatever milk substitute you prefer, to taste)
In the stein, pour your coffee (I filter mine through a fine-mesh strainer because that’s faster than a coffee filter), and mix in the cocoa slurry, stirring until the cocoa is completely dissolved. Fill the stein with ice. Over the ice pour the sweetener, the salt, vanilla, peppermint, and/or whatever flavoring you like. Lastly, pour in the milk, and let it dissolve naturally. I love to watch this process, and I really do think it tastes better than stirring in the milk.
Note: This also works in a travel mug when necessary, but tastes even better in a really cold mug or stein.
UPDATE – Bonus: It has been pointed out to me that you can actually buy these drinks (or similar) in restaurants and coffee shops, now. Yes, I’m aware of that, but in the size I like to drink, they usually cost around $7. The homemade version is less than $1 per glass – much more manageable for someone going through a life or career transition that involves a change in income! 🙂