This clones Starbucks "Low-fat Creamy Blend of Coffee and Milk" that you find in 9 1/2-ounce bottles just about everywhere. Those drinks will set you back at least a buck each, but this Top Secret Recipes version costs a mere fraction of that. The recipe requires espresso, but don't worry if you don't have an espresso machine. Check out the Tidbits below for a way to clone extra strong coffee with a standard drip machine and ground coffee.
Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.
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- 1/2 cup fresh espresso, chilled
- 2 1/2 cups low-fat milk (2%)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon dry pectin (see Tidbits)
- Do This
Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher or covered container. Stir or shake until the sugar is dissolved. Chill and serve cold.
Makes 24 ounces (2 1/2 servings).
Tidbits: To fake espresso with a drip coffee maker and standard grind of coffee: Use 1/3 cup ground coffee and 1 cup of water. Brew once, then run coffee through the machine again, with the same grounds. Makes about 1/2 cup fresh espresso to use in the above recipe. Run a pot of water through the machine, without grounds, to clean. Pectin is a natural thickener found in fruits that is used for canning. You can find it in the supermarket near the canning supplies. It is used in this recipe to make the drink thicker and creamier, and can be found in the original recipe. It does not add to the flavor and can be excluded if you don't care about replicating the texture of the original. To make the "Mocha" variety: Add a pinch (1/16 teaspoon) of cocoa powder to the mixture before combining.