Grab your coffee mug and your party hat…it’s National Coffee Day!
OK. In general, I find food holidays to be a bit silly. I’m not going to throw a party for a hamburger patty or a floret of broccoli. However, National Coffee Day is a food holiday I’m happy to acknowledge. (Really, every day is coffee day around here.)
Here’s an easy recipe for icy blended coffee flavored with real vanilla. Simply blend cold press coffee, light cream, pure maple syrup and vanilla with plenty of ice. The result is a delicious coffee frappe that’s easy on the pocketbook.
Vanilla Coffee Frappe Recipe
3/4 cup cold press coffee, chilled
2 tablespoons half and half (light cream)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 cup ice
In a blender container combine cold press coffee, half and half, maple syrup and vanilla. Cover and blend to combine. Add ice; cover and blend until smooth and slushy. Pour coffee frappe into a large glass.
Makes 1 large blended coffee drink (about 2 cups total)
Remember when times were simpler? Drinks were pink, sweet-tart and not too serious. I’m talkin’ about the Cosmopolitan. The Cosmo was likely the first “martini” that I ever had. I’m pretty sure I loved it. Tonight, I’m making a throwback cocktail and drinking pink.
Cosmopolitan Martini Recipe
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
1 ounce cranberry juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Add vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime juice and simple syrup to cocktail shaker. Add ice to cocktail shaker; cover and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled glass. Garnish with lime.
Makes 1 cocktail
What is simple syrup? Simple syrup is 1 part granulated sugar dissolved in 1 part water.