~ Bas’s at-home “Starbucks” drinks ~

I don’t have a problem with coffee. The reality of it is, I have a problem without it!

As much as I love a Starbucks drive through or a sit down at a cafe with a friend, your coffee runs can add up and your wallet ends up suffering! Not to mention that leaving our houses right now is not an option! #PleaseStayHome

Now, everything else aside let’s just talk cost. A venti Starbucks black iced coffee will cost you about $3.95. Not much, maybe, but you do pay for what you get!

My favorite orders at Starbucks usually fluctuate between the following orders (for the seasonal drink, I only get it during the holidays):

  • A trenta guava tea lemonade with only 2 pumps liquid cane.
  • A venti (iced) Starbucks doubleshot with blonde espresso shots, sugar free vanilla syrup, and half & half creme (perfect for when a migraine hits!)
  • A venti iced matcha tea latte (no sweetener) with 6 scoops of matcha powder.
  • (SEASONAL ORDER) A venti toasted white chocolate mocha with blonde espresso shots, only 3 pumps of syrup, no whip creme (most of the time LOL) and no sugar toppings.

These drinks can average out at about $6 per drink with the addition of the sweetners and substitutions. Now let’s factor going out to coffee at least three days a week. That’s $18 dollars a week… which is $72 A MONTH… and $864 A YEAR.

OOF, Bas is feeling the burn in her wallet already and I’m just writing this!! That being said, you don’t have to go out for coffee to have the best cup of joe and truly enjoy it!

Today, I want to share my 3 favorite at-home café drinks that you can make in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the price. The best part? All these recipes are super easy to make!

VANILLA CAPPUCHINO

voila! vanilla cap with all the foamy goodness

This is my spin on your traditional cappuccino – just adding that extra taste takes this cappuccino to the next level!

A cappuccino is known for it’s foamy layer and is composed of a single (or double) shot of espresso and hot milk with a 1/3 of the drink made of milk foam. The foam is my favorite part – duh! I have to say this recipe is pretty straight forward if you’re new to making your own coffee drinks at home!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this foamy goodness:

  • Milk – I went with reduced fat 2% milk but any alternatives would pair well!
  • Vanilla sweetener – this could be either vanilla sweetener, vanilla extract (for a bolder flavor), or vanilla creamer!
  • Espresso – or coffee! I make my coffee on a stove top percolator. I have not yet found the perfect coffee machine I want to buy yet but this is the way I get my strong, bold flavored coffee.

Here are the steps to getting your creamy cappuccino!

  1. Start off with making your coffee! I highly recommend brewing espresso – the taste is bolder and so rich! I use the Starbucks Espresso blend or any of the La Columbe light or dark roast beans (make sure not to let it burn! it doesn’t taste good at all! lol!).
  2. Now get your milk and creamer ready – I grab my milk frother and put my milk in it until the first line which creates the foam I so dearly love!
    • I have a unique way of incorporating my creamer in with my milk – I pour a tablespoon (or 2 depending on the day ya feel?) into my frother, and pour milk to the remaining (first) line.
    • This way I am able to warm up my creamer because nothing kills the vibe like your creamer causing your cappuccino to get cold 😦
  3. Now that your coffee is brewed, pour out the amount of coffee you’d like in your cup! This is where you can add your vanilla sweetener if you didn’t add vanilla creamer. I go the creamer route, but if I’m feeling a kick for a strong vanilla flavor, I’ll add some squirts of vanilla extract for that extra oomph 😉
  4. Now! For the best part – pour that yummy frothy milk on top of your coffee and be prepared for the frothy goodness that your cappuccino will become!!!

I mean… that’s it friends. Those 4 steps above allow you to create the greatest home made cappuccino (I mayyyy be biased here) that costs less than $5! The bottle of coffee creamer, bag of coffee beans, and carton of milk is going to last you so long that you’re able to make multiple cups of coffee from these main ingredients!!!

HONEY LAVENDAR LATTE

OOF! Y’all…. an iced (or hot!) latte is good… ok? I was inspired to make this at home considering how often I order a lavender latte when I go to a cafe nowadays. It’s my new go-to, and I wanted an easy at home version for you guys!

Are you ready for how easy this is to make?! Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this yummy creation:

  • Milk – I went with almond milk to help add flavor with the honey that I paired with this latte. Reduced fat 2% milk or oatmilk would be great too!
  • Lavender sweetener – this is my own recipe I stumbled upon and played around with – super simple to make at home and totally worth it. You’ll need a cup of water, a cup of honey, and 2 tablespoons of dried lavender.
    • Combine all three ingredients in a saucepan let it simmer on low/medium low heat until the honey has completely dissolved.
    • Let it cool down to room temperature and store it in an airtight container after straining it through a mesh strainer.
this is what your sweetener mixture should resemble while the honey is dissolving
  • Espresso – or coffee! I make my coffee on a stove top percolator. I have not yet found the perfect coffee machine I want to buy yet but this is the way I get my strong, bold flavored coffee.
  • Raw local honey – I get mine from my local farmers market! I love raw honey for its unique taste & health benefits (antioxidants, antibacterial, & anti-fungal properties!!). Adding it to your favorite cup of coffee adds a sweet taste without the artificial flavor, and because I use it to make the lavender sweetener, I don’t add in any more, but feel free to if you want!

left: I store my lavender sweetener in a cute little glass jar to keep it fresher, longer! any glass container will do 🙂

HAZELNUT COLD FOAM COLD BREW

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this nutty cold brew at home and it only requires 3 steps!

Even better then that? It’s completely vegan – the original Starbucks cold foam uses egg powder to get the foam on top of your cold brew, but you can achieve the same taste AND look with an electric whisk!

nothing excites me more than seeing perfect foam on a cup of coffee… can you tell?
  • Cold brew – I shared how I make my cold brew on my instagram stories a while ago, and I saved it underneath my coffee highlight on my page. Check out my instagram here to check out my easy cold brew recipe!
  • Hazelnut sweetener – this could be either pure hazelnut sweetener, extract (for a bolder flavor), or hazelnut creamer! My favorite version is the creamer, since it adds a smoother consistency to the cold brew.
  • A touch of half and half – now I only add about 2 tablespoons of this. Why? I add it to my creamer and use my electric whisk to froth the two together which allows it to become foamy, like the creme you’d find on top of your cold brew in your Starbucks drink!

I hope you guys enjoyed my favorite three coffee drinks to make at home! If you guys try this at home make sure to tag me (@bastheboss) on instagram or DM them to me so I can see and share 🙂

I hope you’re all staying safe, healthy, and at home! There is so much uncertainty in the world right now, but it’s important we still take part in the things that bring us joy even if it’s just at home – so keep making your coffee and smelling the roses because there is still so much to be thankful for friends!

xoxo, Bas

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