I'm a raging coffeeholic. Drinking coffee makes me so happy, and when I don't have it, my whole day is thrown off. I guess that's a sign of a caffeine addiction, but everyone's got to have their one vice right?
This drink combines two vices (or gifts from God depending on how you look at it): alcohol and coffee. On a Friday when the week has worn you down, all you want is a yummy drink to get you ready for the weekend.
I bought a carton of Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks Discoveries Iced Caffe Favorites line of drinks. On it's own, the drink is really good over ice, and significantly cheaper than going to Starbucks and actually buying the drink. It also has 17 grams of sugar, which is better when you consider the coffee shop equivalent has 31 grams.
Thanks to my parents handing down their extensive liquor collection to me for my 21st birthday (apparently hard alcohol is not their thing anymore), I got my hands on some vintage Starbucks Liqueur. They don't even sell this in stores anymore, or online (but maybe if you look hard enough). I want to say it's from 2006 or earlier. Regardless, it's alcohol, so age only makes it even better.
I think how you can guess how easy it was to make this drink. I poured a shot of this Kahlua-like drink into the iced coffee and voila! Spiked coffee perfection.
Now if you want to create this drink for yourself (assuming your not as lucky as me to have a few shots worth left of Starbucks Liqueur), here is what you will need:
- 1 shot of Kahlua or Baileys
- 8 - 12 oz of a Starbucks Discoveries iced beverage (Vanilla Latte, Caramel Macchiato or Caffe Mocha)
- Ice cubes
If you want a stronger drink, just add more shots or lessen the amount of the iced espresso beverage to your preferences.
This drink is great for yourself or sharing with friends since the Starbucks Discoveries cartons hold 8 servings. It gives a whole new meaning to "Let's meet up for coffee!" And people won't judge you for drinking this before noon because, hey, everyone drinks coffee in the morning.