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How to save money and make your own iced gourmet coffees

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Iced gourmet coffees have become a staple in the US, but they are pricey and involve lines and drive-thru time.

They are also insanely easy.

Cool off and save a ton of money making your own.

All recipes begin with 3 basic ingredients:

  • Cooled or chilled coffee. Must be a dark roast and made strong. Use your favorite brand.
  • Milk. Use whole, skim, soy, almond - use your favorite or whatever you would order at the counter Ice.
  • All 3 recipes may be topped with whipped cream, if desired.

Here are three of the most popular, all taken from iconic coffee houses:

  • Iced Mocha Coffee:
    • 1 Cup Cooled Coffee
    • 1 T sugar
    • 2 T Chocolate Syrup
    • Combine and stir.
    • Add: 3/4 C Milk, Ice
  • Iced Vanilla Coffee:
    • 1 C Cooled Coffee
    • 2 T Vanilla Syrup (not extract - syrup)
    • Milk to taste
    • Fill glass with ice.
    • Pour syrup over ice.
    • Pour coffee over ice/syrup.
    • Stir.
    • Add milk as desired.
  • Iced Caramel Frappuccino:
    • 1 C Cooled Coffee
    • 1 C Milk
    • 3 T Caramel Syrup (the clear kind such as DaVinci or Toriani)
    • Caramel Sauce (squeeze bottle such as Ghirardelli or Toriani)
    • 2 C ice
    • Place Coffee and Milk in blender.
    • Add syrup, then ice.
    • Blend until smooth.
    • Drizzle inside of glass with Caramel Sauce.
    • Pour in mixture.
    • Top with whipped cream if desired - drizzle top with additional Caramel Sauce.