My husband fell in love with the bottled Frappuccinos by Starbucks. I wasn’t a huge fan, but he loved them, and I didn’t mind – until I saw how much they cost! Averaging about $2.50, he was drinking anywhere from two to six a day! That was an expensive habit! Having worked as a barista twice before, I set out on a mission to make my own, cheaper, but just as good, bottled coffees!
I searched the web, high and low thinking that someone must have already come up with the recipe, and they did! But, when I tried it, it turned out disgusting! The recipe called for pectin, which ruined the entire drink, giving it a very citric and acidic taste! Definitely not the flavor you want your coffee to have! I was disappointed, but kept searching, but my searching was to no avail as the majority of the recipes I found all called for pectin in one form or another.
Finally, I decided to just go at it on my own. After all, it couldn’t be that complicated! I tried my own recipe variations a total of three times, and finally found one that worked.
1 1/2 cups brewed coffee*
6 cups milk (whole milk makes for a thicker drink)
1/2 cup of sugar
5 tsp of unsweetened cocoa OR 5 tsp vanilla flavoring OR 5 tsp caramel flavoring
Brew your coffee and then pour into a medium to large size pot. Add sugar and flavoring of choice (cocoa, vanilla or caramel). Stir until flavoring is dissolved or well blended. Add milk and stir until completely mixed. Using a funnel and soup ladle, transfer liquid into intended storage containers and refrigerate.
Yield: This recipe will fill around 5 of the Starbucks glass bottles.
*If you would like your drinks stronger, try brewing your coffee, the pouring the coffee into the machine and double brewing it.
This recipe offers a cheaper alternative to those expensive but tasty Starbucks drinks! Although it takes a little bit of work and preparation ahead of time, this recipe can save you a lot of money! I calculated out the cost of making them, versus buying them, and it came out to be around $0.43 per bottled drink if I made it, but was $2.50 if I bought it! If you drink three a day, that’s a savings of $6.21 per day!