You know how to make hot coffee and your warm tea is a comfort day and night. Maybe you've even put some work into those espresso-making skills. Now it's time to get adventurous and mix your coffee and tea into a new drink.
There is not a shortage of delicious, satisfying, and comforting coffee and tea recipes. Some are served nice and hot while others are chilled to the max. All of them are full of flavor and you'll have fun discovering a new favorite drink.
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Espresso is a style of coffee brewed in a specific manner to create a concentrated 'shot' of coffee. This high-impact and flavorful beverage is the perfect base for creating many of our favorite coffee house drinks.
From the latte and cappuccino to the macchiato and flat white, espresso recipes come in many styles and flavors. Some are hot and some are iced, and they're all good. You can learn how to make these popular drinks at home and become your own barista for a fraction of the cost.
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You don't need an espresso machine to enjoy a great coffee drink. All you really need is a freshly brewed cup from your drip coffee maker, French press, or your preferred brewing method.
The key to mixing up your hot coffee recipes is to start with a fresh, full-flavored coffee. The more flavor, the better when you're going to make drinks like Cafe con Miel, New Orleans Coffee, or Irish Coffee. These are simple recipes that anyone can make and they'll be even better if you begin with a good cup.
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Coffee and espresso may be known best as warm drinks, but iced coffee is changing things quickly. Iced coffee drinks are not just for summer, either. These cool beverages are enjoyed year-round and appeal to many drinkers who don't care for regular coffee.
Favorites in the iced coffee category include iced lattes, coffee-flavored milkshakes, and the brilliant Thai iced coffee. You can also add to your iced coffee experience by creating latte ice cubes.
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In general, hot tea does not need a 'recipe' because brewing most teas requires a simple infusion. However, it is important to match the correct time and temperature to the type of tea you're making.
There are also a few styles of tea that require specific preparation or a recipe which you should follow to brew the perfect hot tea.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Unlike hot tea, iced tea does come with a great variety of recipes and there is so much you can do with it. It's very easy to transform the average glass of iced tea into an explosion of flavor.
In many instances, iced tea recipes are as simple as adding a secondary flavor or dressing up a well-brewed tea with a few extra ingredients. From summer fruits to a little spice, there's a lot to love about mixing up iced tea drinks.
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Many of us call these 'herbal teas' when technically they're tisanes (unless they contain an actual tea leaf). Semantics aside, it's hard to resist the calming or rejuvenating effects of a good brew with herbs.
While you may be familiar with lavender and mint teas, there are some surprising combinations you might not know about. Chamomile-Cat Nip Tea, anyone? It's surprisingly good for stress.
There are more great tisane recipes (both hot and cold) to try and, who knows, one may be just what you need right now.
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If you thought that all hot chocolate was created equal, you would be wrong. In fact, delicious hot (and cold) chocolate drinks can be almost as complicated as coffee and tea.
- Hot Chocolate is made with real chocolate - like chunks of chocolate - and it is deliciously creamy.
- Hot Cocoa is made with powdered cocoa and is fantastic for a quick, warm cup on a cozy night.
- Iced Hot Cocoa is a real thing, it is delicious, and it comes with its own chocolate ice cubes.
- Chocolate Milkshakes, we can't forget those! If you thought you knew everything about these, think again.
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What coffee, tea, and cocoa have in common is that they're comfort drinks and one more beverage deserves to be included in this category, but don't forget the cider. Come autumn, everyone is seeking the freshest, purest apple cider available and this is the perfect opportunity to mix up a fantastic drink.
Apple cider drinks range greatly, from mulled cider recipes for the entire family to boozy favorites like a bowl of traditional Wassail. They're often spiced, primarily steaming hot, and oh so good.