Wednesday, 18 June 2014

'A Tall Iced Caramel Macchiato Please'

When I lived in America during college many moons ago I was crazy about Starbucks. It was long before the coffee chain arrived here in Ireland, so for me this coffee shop was the best in the world..!

My favourite drink was a tall Iced Caramel Macchiato (I’m sure I still say that in my sleep sometimes) and I was in heaven until the very last slurp.

I used to make Iced Carmel Macchiatos during the summer, but then ‘Starbucks’ arrived here in Ireland and I suppose as the novelty wore off I made them less and less.

As I hadn’t made one for quite a while, and because the weather was almost too hot today (can I say that?!) for my usual coffee this morning, I decided to make an Iced Caramel Macchiato for a mid morning coffee break.

What you'll need:

  • Espresso 
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar syrup
  • Cold milk
  • Caramel sauce
  • Small handful of ice 

How to make it:

First I make the vanilla sugar syrup. I put half a cup of sugar in a saucepan and add a quarter cup of water.

When it’s just coming up to simmering point and the sugar has dissolved I add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

I pour this mixture into a jug to cool slightly and so it’s easy to add to the coffee later on.

Next I fill up the coffee glass with Ice.

Then I make the coffee, a shot of espresso per glass.

But just before I did that, this little blond kid wandered into the photo…

He wanted to get his hands on those ice cubes.

(You might see some tiny hands peeping through from now on!)
Anyway, back to the recipe! I pour the hot espresso into the glass, the ice and the cold milk will cool the coffee down.

After that I drizzle the coffee and ice with caramel sauce (Starbucks caramel sauce is delicious for this).

Then I add about 2 teaspoons, I guesstimate, of the vanilla sugar syrup.

Followed by ice cold milk.

And another squirt of the caramel sauce.

I stir with a straw, and enjoy!

Yum! A coffee to cool you down as the temperatures soar.

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