I enjoy a good cup of coffee from Starbucks. Hazelnut Macchiatos are my VERY favorite. I used to get them more than once per week. Then we scaled back to just getting them once a week. I am thankful we live in the land of Starbucks. There is a Starbucks almost on every corner where we live now, but my pocket book does not like that. Plus the amount of wasting, I am doing. Really?!? $5 for 2 shots of coffee plus about 1 cup of milk??!! So not good. But I buy them and I need to wean myself off of them. Or do I????
I used to make these coffee drinks and they taste to me like the Starbucks frappuchinos that you can get in a glass bottle. But to me they are creamy. I have since moved away from that taste and moved onto Iced Macchiatos. They are lighter—I went from nonfat milk to coconut milk that they serve now. It has 2 shots of espresso and some flavored syrup. It is less calories and for me, if I am going to get some caffeine power, I want the most for my buck. I don’t want to waste empty calories on a fancy drink.
After talking with a worker, I know how they make it, why would I not try and duplicate it at home?? Well pure laziness is the answer. Today was a day, I really wanted a coffee but was not going out, so I thought I would attempt one. It was a good attempt.
This is going to be an extremely cheaper drink as the coconut milk in a can is about $1 -$1.25. You can even make your own by grinding up coconut and water in a blender. I am out so I opted for a can of the milk.
It looks just like my Macchiato. But how will it taste…….hmmm
Well, for one, I forgot my sweetener. So I added about 2 scoops of sugar to this. You can use syrup, honey, or any other type of sweetener. I just added sugar to test out my drink. I then thought it was too creamy. So I added more water to the jar. I filled it the rest of the way up with more water. I assume that coconut milk in a jar is concentrated so that made sense.
Then I tasted it…………….and YES it tasted like my Starbucks drink. It definitely has the caffeine power of them. I only drank about half of this jar and was feeling the effects of caffeine. So it is a pretty potent drink. I love it!! The taste from the coconut milk makes it delicious. When I get the hazelnut syrup from Starbucks I can’t taste it in the coconut milk so this to me, tastes exactly the same.
Try it!! I am sold!! I will save us $50 this month by not buying these drinks while out. Easy and simple. Two words I am all about.