If you love the smell of freshly brewed espresso in the morning, why not enjoy the flavor as an afternoon thirst quencher or even an after work cocktail? That intense roast can give you a kick at almost any hour of the day, as long as it doesn’t keep you from sleeping at night (unless you want it to keep you from sleeping at night). Whether you’re looking for something cool, cold, refreshing or freezing, here are four drinks that will liven up your espresso menu.
Mixing your daily buzz with Mr. Bond’s favorite libation may sound unseemly, but it’s an energetic combination of flavors and feelings you’ll grow to love. The recipe combines coffee liqueur, vodka, simple syrup, ice and, of course, espresso.
Does it seem confusing that anyone would want bitter coffee mixed with bitter tonic? Well, the espresso tonic has made for a popular warm weather drink over the past few years, a more sublime alternative to iced coffee. The key to making it appealing is high quality espresso and tonic, and ice. Opt for light and medium roasts when preparing the drink.
Dirty Chai Latte
Perhaps a dirty chai latte isn’t the most surprising easy drink, but it’s surprisingly easy to make at home. If you’ve never heard of a dirty chai latte, it’s basically a chai latte with a shot of espresso mixed in. Buttered Side Up has some tips to make the drink at home if you don’t feel like taking a trip to Starbucks. For starters, brewing the chai with tea bags will make that part of the process a little simpler. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can also work with strong brewed coffee or an aero press.
You may not think of a popsicle as a drink, but you more or less drink it as soon as it melts in your mouth. This espresso popsicle recipe starts by freezing a couple of tablespoons of oat milk in popsicle molds. (Of course, you don't need to use oat milk.)