Hi, I’m Erin and I’m addicted to Starbucks. 😉 But seriously… I basically keep them in business. But as everyone who’s ever been to a Starbucks knows…it ain’t cheap! I would swing by the drive thru every single day if I could but money doesn’t grow on trees so I had to come up with something else.
If you’re like me and love coffee more than most things this post is going to change. your. life.
In the winter months I don’t stop by Starbucks nearly as often… I can easily pop in a k-cup and have the same delicious cup of coffee at home for a fraction of the price. The warmer months is a different story, though! I don’t know about you but when the sun is shining and it’s warm out the last thing I want is a hot coffee… so give me allllllllll the iced coffee. My go-to at Starbucks is an iced coffee with white mocha and cream and it is the best thing I have ever drank (not the healthiest, I know… but I live by the 80/20 rule so I get to indulge here and there!) As the weather has been getting warmer and warmer I’ve been stopping by Starbucks noticeably more so I got to thinking… How can I make this at home?!
Well, I figured it out and now I’m here to share this (super easy) life changing at home recipe. You don’t even need a fancy coffee maker–or any coffee maker for that matter–to make this…say whaaaaat?! Yup.. like I said, SUPER easy.
For the cold brew coffee:
You need coffee grounds (look for sales! I always check pharmacies believe it or not because they have the BEST sales. I can almost always find either Dunkin or Starbucks on sale for $5.99!), water, and a jar or pitcher.
Add 1 and 1/3 cups of ground coffee to your jar/pitcher then pour 4 cups of cold water over top. Stir to combine & seal the top. You’re going to let this sit for at least 8 hours at room temperature! I made mine on Sunday afternoon and let it sit until Monday morning.
After 8 hours is up or the next morning, pour the mixture over a strainer into a bowl. You don’t want any coffee grounds to make it into the bowl so if you don’t have a strainer small enough, try using cheese cloth or putting a paper towel in the strainer to catch the grounds. Depending on if any grounds escaped, you may want to repeat this step to make sure there are no grounds in the liquid! Clean out your jar/pitcher and transfer the liquid back into it. Ta-da! Cold brew coffee concentrate.
***This is a CONCENTRATE. Which means you need to mix this with water or milk before drinking! To drink, I mix 1/3 cup of concentrate with 2/3 cup of water (plus any syrup, cream, ice) This doesn’t look like much but it will last all week!
Now onto the white mocha sauce:
You’ll need 8oz white chocolate (I used ghiradelli chips but you can also use chopped white chocolate or melting chips), 1/2 cup half and half (you can also use light cream), and 2tbsp unsalted butter
Heat the half & half on the stove. Once it begins to boil, remove it from the heat and add the butter and chocolate.
Whisk everything together until it’s smooth. Let it cool before adding to your drink! You can transfer it to a jar to keep in the refrigerator.
To drink: first add your white mocha sauce to the bottom of your cup, followed by the coffee concentrate. Add your water on top and stir. If you’d like any cream/sugar now add those next. Lastly, add your ice! Top it off with a cute straw and enjoy!
This will definitely be a staple for me in the summer months and my wallet will thank me for that!