With the autumn season approaching, you’ll likely discover a desire to drink something warm on those cool days. There’s nothing quite as soothing as a cup of coffee that can also pep you up to greet the day or to uplift you when you’re feeling tired by the afternoon. While you’ll be greeted by a bevy of fall drinks when you step into your favorite coffee shop, you can also pep up the coffee you perk at home even more affordably. The following are some easy ideas to add some tasty excitement to your regular cup of joe!
- Simple Cinnamon Coffee
Cinnamon will certainly add some pizazz to your cup of coffee, but did you know cinnamon has a wide array of health benefits? While it tastes like autumn and is even a traditional holiday flavor, it also may ward off bacteria, according to Web MD (webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-cinnamon). When the cold damp chills of autumn come blowing in, it’s nice to know that cinnamon might help you fight off that bug floating around the office! Plus, it tastes great! For a rich cup of cinnamon coffee, add a generous dollop of whip cream, a half teaspoon of cinnamon, and a cinnamon stick to stir!
- Toasted Almond Coffee
Toasting almonds will not only add glorious fragrance to your home, it will provide a delicious element for your coffee. It only takes about ten minutes to toast almonds. Spread a desired amount on a cookie sheet so they lie evenly and place in a preheated 350-degree oven. The almonds should be golden and fragrant within about ten minutes. Then, in a saucepan heat ¼ cup of almonds in a ½ cup of milk until the milk is hot and thoroughly infused with the scent and taste of the almonds. Then pour some milk through a strainer to your coffee for a delicious treat. If you have a milk frother, be sure to froth the strained milk for its added texture!
- Cheaters’ Mocha
It’s true—many coffee enthusiasts are also chocolate-lovers. Combining the two loves is, of course, a delectable brew. However, one doesn’t always have the time or gadgetry to whip up a coffee-house mocha. You can still get a luscious chocolaty coffee fix by choosing your favorite gourmet chocolate bar and stirring in a ¼ of the bar (or half if it’s been a rough day) to a hot cup of coffee. Think orange chocolate bars or raspberry chocolate bars. This is also a great way to perk up a boring cup of coffee brewed at work.
- Sweet Cherry Coffee
Though you could take the easy way out and buy some cherry syrup, it’s much healthier to make your own simple syrup and it’s quite easy too! Puree two cups of pitted cherries (Rainier cherries are the sweetest but tart cherries are fine too) taking care that blend is completely smooth. Pour them in a saucepan along with a ¼ cup of water and two to three (depending on your desired level of sweetness) tablespoons of sugar. Heat the mixture until it boils on high heat. Then reduce heat to medium and simmer for about ten minutes; you should see the syrup thicken. Then add some to your favorite coffee and experience cherry bliss! You can store the remaining syrup in the fridge for about a week.
These recipes are incredibly easy yet deliciously worth that little bit of extra effort. Not only will you enjoy them, you can serve them to guests! While coffee is the perfect get-you-moving drink, these additions will likely have you wondering what else you might pep up your daily coffee with too!
Article credit: My Well Being By Humana