iced leftover morning coffee-from-the-pot chocolate shake

iced leftover morning coffee-from-the-pot chocolate shake

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avoid kitchen waste - leftover coffee chocolate shake

Hi all! Allow me to coolly sidestep the fact that eons have passed since my last post and just slide on into this one…

Lately, and by lately I mean the last several years, there is just nothing good on. Seems that if it isn’t about vampires or serial killers it just doesn’t last on the small screen. It’s gotten to the point where I’m afraid to even start watching a show for the inevitability of it being canceled several episodes later. So I’ve taken to watching old standbys that always please. Chief among them, Gilmore Girls. I just love that witty banter. And the fact that coffee is one of the principals characters.

There’s nothing like moving to a foreign country to learn what things you can’t live without. We have discovered that good coffee is a necessity. (I also happen to need good tea. But that’s a subject for another time…)

Thing is, as much as we feel the need for good quality coffee, I can’t help but balance that need with frugality. I come from a waste-not upbringing. And waste-not referred to no-matter-what. Because chances were it might not be popping up again for a good long while. Dryer sheets were sliced into several more pieces. Toilet paper was divvied up by square. Even powdered milk had to be rationed. Make it last, people, while you’ve got it.

So here’s the thing. I grew up, moved out and started eating “fancier” food from time to time. But all the while, I maintained the need to stretch things as far as possible.

So when I come home at the end of the day and see that sad bit of leftover coffee lingering in the pot, I just can’t bring myself to pour it down the drain. Hence… iced leftover morning coffee-from-the-pot chocolate shake. Yup. Don’t scoff. It’s a thing. A delicious thing, as it happens.

iced coffee shake recipe

iced leftover morning coffee-from-the-pot chocolate shake recipe

In a shaker, combine a cup of refrigerated leftover coffee with 3/4 cup milk, 2 tbsp chocolate syrup and 1 tbsp of cappuccino powder. (Add to that a swig of Irish cream if you’re into that kind of thing!) Shake with plenty of ice until frothy and pour all of it, ice and froth included, into a tall glass.

how to make the most of what you've got - iced coffee shake recipe

Serve and bask in the luxury of being thrifty.

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41 Responses to iced leftover morning coffee-from-the-pot chocolate shake

  1. Jilly P says:

    Well you know I am not a coffee drinker, but this does look delish! Mitchell would be all over it! But what caught my attention the most was your Gilmore Girls reference…no joke I said to myself a few days ago “I have nothing to watch anymore, I need to start Gilmore Girls over again!”…ahhh how our lives continue to parallel! 🙂

  2. Great post to come back on!

  3. A clever use of leftover coffee! The shake looks very tasty.

  4. Brittany says:

    I haven’t watched TV in so long, it must be due to the fact none of the shows are intriguing to me! I want some of this cawwfee!!

  5. Well I only have a 4 cup coffee maker and only used it when I have guests. Otherwise it is a frappe with the expresson machine. I would certainly make an expresson for the purpose of the great shake!

  6. Carolyn Jung says:

    I never throw out leftover coffee. It’s always put to good uses like iced coffee or ice cubes or luscious drinks like this one.

  7. rebecca says:

    love this and I have done this before genius 🙂

  8. This is so smart!! It sounds so delicious and refreshing.

  9. Welcome back! 🙂 We missed you! And great idea using coffee, waste not want not!

  10. Emma says:

    I’m not a coffee drinker, but I like coffee in things, and duh, chocolate works too. My boyfriend likes to let pots of coffee stretch on for three days plus, which I think is really kind of grotty. So next time I’m home over the weekend, and there’s some leftover coffee-from-the-pot, I’m going to do this up!

    I go on GG kicks from time to time. I swear I know every line from Season 4, and most of the lines from all other seasons. I re-watch for Kirk:D

    • kale says:

      oh Kirk… he is fabulously bizarre. I love how he works every possible job and living at home helped him attain considerable wealth. and he is just so loyal to Taylor.

      • Emma says:

        I love when he’s all “Lorelei, I’ve had 15,000(?) jobs” in a super matter of fact tone.

        What is your favorite Kirk job? I love when he hides the Easter eggs, although that’s more of a lackey position than a job. I also enjoyed his short film, although that’s more a hobby.

        • kale says:

          haha which is why he’s actually loaded!

          there are just so many to choose from, but I love when he opens his own outdoor diner and dresses like Luke.

  11. Liz says:

    My daughter has seen each of the Gilmore Girls episodes numerous times…and, therefore, so have I! I’m not much of a coffee drinker anymore, but I’d love one of your iced shakes for an afternoon pick-me-up 🙂

  12. Monet says:

    Oh television. Often quite disappointing. We’re about to watch Mad Men, which will hopefully live up to expectations. And I just loved hearing about your frugality. What a great way to use up that last little bit of coffee! My dad would be proud of you 🙂

    • kale says:

      yes I am kind of an old lady trapped in the body of someone still in their twenties. “What, do we think money grows on trees??”

  13. LinsFood says:

    I’m a huge Iced coffee fan too but I don’t think I’ve ever had leftover coffee! I must say it’s a brilliant idea!

  14. I must admit I drink my leftover coffee in the afternoon – sometimes I’ll rewarm it or toss in some ice cubes – sometimes I sip it lukewarm. Pretty gross.
    Your shake idea really spiffs things up and looks delish. Why should we let good caffeine go to waste;)

  15. I would love any kind of chocolate shake 🙂

  16. Joanne says:

    I never seem to have any coffee leftover but perhaps I should make extra to have an iced coffee treat later in the day! Great idea.

  17. Excellent idea! It would be a shame to let good coffee go to waste.

  18. Sissi says:

    I cannot make myself thrifty about food, but I hate throwing away edible things, so I often reheat coffee if I have some leftovers (it doesn’t taste great, but it’s not bad either). I must taste your clever iced version when the weather finally becomes “normal” (now we have the temperatures I’m used to in November). It might be a good idea for my teatime in the office! Thank you for this wonderful idea.

    • kale says:

      oh no! poor you. hang in there, I hope you get to have your full of iced treats very soon as the weather improves.

  19. Beth says:

    I came from a frugal household too, and we would have loved this recipe!

    • kale says:

      it’s funny, there was never coffee in our house growing up. it was tea, all the way. and coffee mixed with chocolate syrup?? whoa. that’s probably why I love this drink; it’s frugal but I still feel like I’m splurging!

  20. So glad you’re back! 🙂 And with a great post. I don’t like to waste coffee either and this looks like the perfect recipe for leftover coffee! Love it 🙂

  21. Amy Tong says:

    In my house, nothing goes to waste either. I love that you use the morning left over coffee to create this refreshing drink. 🙂

  22. Haha basking in thrifiness? Lol. Love it! Great idea here 🙂 Looks really yummy too!

  23. Great use of leftover coffee! And welcome back into the blogging world 🙂

  24. emma says:

    What a fab idea – don’t let it lie so long before your next blog 🙂

  25. Tanya says:

    as a fellow coffee drinker i am fond of any recipe that includes this fabulous liquid. thanks for the idea!

  26. Looks like a fantastic way to use up the leftovers!

  27. Natalie says:

    Great idea, sounds very yummy!

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