There’s nothing better than an ice cold drink in this hot weather. Add a shot of caffeine for a dose of energy and you’re set for the day. But if going to your nearest overpriced coffee shop isn’t for you, then try making coffee mocktails at home instead. Here are a couple of my favorites that taste just as good as one from the nearest hipster coffee shop.
Peppermint Patty Coffee
– 8 ounces brewed coffee
– 2 tablespoons powdered cocoa mix
– 1⁄2 teaspoon peppermint extract
– 2 teaspoons sugar
– 2 ounces skim milk
– Put all dry ingredients in bottom of mug and pour in hot coffee.
– Stir to dissolve sugar and cocoa mix.
– Add in extract and milk and stir again.
– 4 cinnamon sticks
– 6 cups strong coffee, freshly brewed
– 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
– sugar, to taste
– crushed ice
– whipped cream
– Add cinnamon sticks to hot coffee and let stand for 1 hour, then remove cinnamon.
– To coffee add sugar to taste and the heavy cream, then chill.
– Pour mixture into tall glasses and fill with ice, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Gingerbread Coffee (Press Pot)
– 3 tablespoons coffee beans, coarse ground
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1⁄8 teaspoon ground allspice
– 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
– 1 tablespoon molasses
– boiling water
– milk, hot
– Put all ingredients, except water and milk, into a 12 oz. press pot. Add boiling water. Stir with chopstick or handle of wooden spoon.
– Put lid on pot and brew 4 minutes.
– Press plunger and pour coffee into large cup.
– Add hot milk to taste.
– To make with drip coffee: Brew coffee and stir in spices and molasses. Strain into cup.
Try these coffee mocktails and let me know what you think! A fair warning from our friends at Sensodyne® though, not everyone enjoys coffee mocktails, or coffee, or cold drinks for that matter. Case in point: the very, very uncomfortable topic of coffee and sensitive teeth.
Luckily, there is a solution in the form of Sensodyne®. If you’ve ever wondered if your teeth are sensitive, Sensodyne® found a fun way to do it. With coffee!
Called the Chill Test, its diagnosis is simple: take an ice slush of coffee in your mouth, then brace yourself. If you can stand the chill, you’re good to go. If not, then you’ve got sensitive teeth, and you’ve probably made a lot of funny faces to prove it. Your mileage may vary, but if you’re feeling discomfort, you’re in the dental hypersensitivity club.
There is hope for people suffering from this. Sensodyne® wants everyone to, as they call it, #SayNoToNgilo. To help, they have a whole range of products that both relieve the symptoms of sensitive teeth AND repair the damage that makes them sensitive in the first place.
So why not give the Chill Test a try? Your teeth will thank you later. They’ll be around a lot of popular areas in the city, so go ahead and find the closest location through the Sensodyne® Philippines Facebook page via @SensodynePH. The Ice Chill Test will happen from April 31, 2016 until September 18, 2016 in malls and barangays around Metro Manila.
My personal tip: bring a friend and make sure to record their reactions during the Chill Test. (#BlackMailMaterial) You can always treat them to coffee if they get sensitive!
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