iced leftover morning coffee-from-the-pot 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.
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.
Serve and bask in the luxury of being thrifty.