My first Starbucks love was the Caramel Macchiato. The price and the sickly sweetness kept me from making it a daily habit, but when I did, it was a total treat. Mmmmmm. This was one of the first coffee drinks I start making for myself at home using instant coffee, because yes, I was too lazy to brew a pot of coffee if the hubby hadn't already gotten to it. Brewed coffee also works great, but now with our fancy espresso machine, I can crank one of these out just as easy as ever and dare I say even tastier? :)
~1 cup hot and/or frothed milk *
1 or 2 shots of espresso *
2 Tbsp vanilla syrup
1. In a large coffee cup, add milk and stir in vanilla syrup. Heat/froth/microwave/whatever. :)
2. Add espresso.
3. Top with whipped cream.
4. Drizzle with caramel.
* The fancy frothed milk and espresso can easily be replaced by a simple cup of coffee with cream/milk in it. Stir in vanilla and top with whipped cream and caramel sauce. That just what I used to do!
Actually, I've never made this drink by adding sugar or vanilla syrup before, but today, I decided to splurge and give this recipe a try found over at: Babble's Caramel Macchiato. And while I was at it, I made a batch of MOMables' Homemade Easy Caramel Sauce to boot!
Both are made in do-ahead batches and can easily be stored in the fridge for a quick cup of heaven whenever you feel like it! :)
By the way, this cup just makes me happy. Live Simply. Love Generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. Words to live by, no? I bought these for the family as an Early Christmas Gift a couple years back and loved them ever since. :)
Lastly, if you're looking try another yummy coffee drink, you gotta try this one out: DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. Simply.Delicious.
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And here's a link to the crazy espresso machine the hubby bought a few years back, if you wanna check it out for yourself: Gaggia Accademia :)
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