I never drank coffee before Brody was born. It took me a couple of weeks before I ventured the two seconds from my house to my neighborhood Starbucks. I then got totally hooked on Iced White Chocolate Mochas. Like, every. single. day. addicted. Before long, I knew had I to cut this habit because, hello, $4 a day on coffee is a LOT of money! I figured out an alternative drink that was nearly identical in flavor for half the price- an iced coffee with milk, add white chocolate syrup instead of the classic syrup (try it… SO good!). Even though it was cheaper, I really wanted to make my own drinks at home, instead, since it would be even less expensive.
I tried to make my own iced coffee at home, but it never got anywhere close to being as good as Starbucks. I tried the whole “freeze coffee in ice cube trays” thing so it doesn’t get watered down, and that helped, but it still was not as good. I needed that darn addictive white chocolate syrup!! Too bad they didn’t sell it in stores or online… until now! Woo hoo! I immediately bought it. It was expensive at $20, but it’s the commercial size they have in the coffee shop, so it lasts for a really long time. It’s no more expensive than coffee creamer when you look at the volume you get for the money.
I’ve now discovered how to make the perfect iced coffee at home. I start out by brewing some really strong coffee. I put several pots worth into a plastic pitcher and store it in the fridge. That way, it’s ready in the morning without having to make it and deal with cooling it off enough to ice it.
To make my perfect cup of coffee, I start off with my Starbucks white chocolate syrup (six pumps for a Venti aka 24 ounces is what they do in the store- yes, I am a nerd and asked) in the bottom of my glass.
Then, I pour in my cold coffee and a splash of skim milk. Stir it up. Add ice. Voila!!
I love to drink it with my knock-off Starbucks scones courtesy of The Pioneer Woman. I have to say, though, these beat the pants off of Starbucks Petite Vanilla Scones! They’re super, super easy to make and absolutely delicious! So, there you have it… that’s how I make DIY Starbucks!
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