Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Iced Drinks Dirt Cheap

Starbucks  Frappacino
 I don't love Starbucks. Miss. R worked there for a while and one of the perks was a pound a week. Great designer beans that were burned on purpose. Not to mention the fact that I think I can trace my bout of high blood pressure back to Kamodo Dragon .That aside, I'm happy to take their recipes, use beans purchased on the cheap at World Market (coupon, plus the gourmet club, plus the bean club) and make something as wonderful as this:
(Recipe from SquawkFox, picture from Moi)
  • 1 cup double-strength Starbucks coffee OR 3/4 cup fresh espresso (cold) I use our stove top espresso make from World Market. $15 and easy to use.
  • 3/4 cup milk (low fat, 2%, whole or whatever)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • 2 cups ice
  • Secret ingredient: Pinch of xanthan gum OR 1 teaspoon dry pectin (keeps Frapp from separating). Or, just drink it so fast that it doesn't have time to separate.
Grape-Fruit Smoothie

We also like smoothies and make them for breakfast several times a week. Home-canned grape juice (grow the grapes yourselves-lots of free fruit and vines for crafting!) and frozen fruit (tropical blend- love the mango and pineapple! We get it at Sams 6 #'s for 10 bucks). Whirl and serve.

What are your favorite summertime recipes?


Bright Sky Mom said...

Those both look delicious! I wish I could think a favorite summer recipe to share!

Chelli said...

I love the looks of that Grape-Fruit Smoothie! Yummy!

My name is Tiffany said...

I never considered growing my own grapes but the smoothie looks great.