Iced Coffee on Mid-Week Mixers

Welcome to Mid-Week Mixers. Today Naomi Blackburn continues her exotic coffee series with several ways to enjoy that perennial favorite… Iced Coffee on Mid-Week Mixers. Enjoy!

DSCN0146[1]As I was wandering around Allrecipes.com, which is a pretty common thing for me  to do, I came across a recipe for Iced Coffee. Now, I love Iced Coffee, I just  don’t like paying the costs for it at Starbucks or places like it. This recipe  intrigued me. Could it be the same?? Could I quit depriving myself?? How could I  play with the recipe to make it my own?? Well, I found out the answer to all 3  of my questions! I am going to give the original recipe for a low-fat version  which is beautiful for everyday use. Then, I will give my recipe with several variations. All were superb!

So, here we go!DSCN0144[1]

Original  recipe:

2 t. Instant Coffee
1 T. sweetner of your choice (sugar,  equal, etc)
3 T. warm water
6 oz. fat free  milk

Directions:

1) In a mason jar or any jar with a tight fitting  lid, place first 3 ingredients. Shake for approximately 30 seconds to ensure  ingredients are blended.

2) Put ice and 6 oz of milk in jar and reseal.  Want a variation, this is when  those flavorings would be added. Shake for 60 seconds and pour into glass.

Naomi’s recipe for full fat version (not one to be drank everyday and not  shown!):

Prepare as same above, but substitue 6 oz of whole milk or half  and half for fat free milk.

Variations (works with either non fat or  full fat recipes):

Mocha Iced Coffee: Place 1 T. chocolate syrup in first  step and continue as usual. Top with whipped cream and drizzle chocolate  syrup

Caramel Iced Coffee: Same as above, substitute caramel topping for  chocolate syrup

Flavored Coffee Creamers: I have been known to throw in some  flavored creamer as well.

Alcoholic Variations (serves 2)

Disaronno Iced Coffee: Place 2 oz of DiSaronno in first step. Continue as usual. Top with whipped cream

Kahlua Iced Coffee: Place 2 oz of any flavor  of Kahlua and continue as usual.

Note: Alcoholic Variations could be  used as an after dinner drink. They should only be used with half and half to
carry the alcohol.

Mid-Week Mixers are created and contributed by Naomi Blackburn, author of a food blog appropriately called The Pub and Grub Forum. You can enjoy Naomi’s fun recipes of Words. Wit & Wisdom every Wednesday, and you can catch even more wonderful recipes on her blog at http://thepubandgrubforum.blogspot.com

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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