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6 Best Coffee Drink Recipe Ideas You Need to Try

6 Best Coffee Drink Recipe Ideas You Need to Try

If you are tired of drinking the same coffee each morning, take a chance with any of these creative ways to get your daily dose of caffeine. Whether you like hot coffee, iced coffee, or something that is closer to a milkshake, you’ll find something that you like on this list. Chances are that if you are already drinking coffee on a daily basis, you will already have most of the ingredients at home already, and if you’re new to coffee, you may just find something that is your new go-to drink!

1. Thai Iced Coffee

You’ll Need:

  • Crushed Ice
  • 1 teaspoon of almond flavoring
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cardamom
  • 4 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar

How to Make:

Mix the ground cardamom and ground coffee, and then brew. When it has finished brewing, add the sugar and almond flavor. Mix well and allow the coffee to reach a lukewarm temperature.

Fill four highball glasses halfway with crushed ice and then 2/3 with the coffee. Add 1 teaspoon of heavy cream to each glass.

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If you would like the layered effect in the cup, hold a spoon above the coffee and pour the cream slowly onto the spoon so the cream will float to the top. These proportions will make 4 servings.

2. Black Magic Coffee

You’ll Need:

  • 10oz of freshly brewed black coffee
  • ¼ teaspoon of chocolate extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of hazelnut extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of rum extract
  • Your choice of sugar substitute, like Splenda

How to Make:

Pour the freshly brewed coffee into your mug. Add the chocolate, hazelnut, and rum extracts to taste, you may not use all 1/4 teaspoon of each. Add your sweetener, stir, and enjoy!

3. Cortissimo Shot

Use this as a base for a number of other drinks.

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You’ll Need:

20g fine ground coffee per shot.

How to Make:

Extract with hot water under high pressure. Aim for a quick extraction. Tamp the coffee firmly to maximize this process. 0.7oz should be extracted per shot. Crema will be golden brown with a taste that is sweet. Top with foamed milk to make a Cortado or flat white coffee and serve in a regular cup.

4. Creamy Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee

You’ll Need:

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  • 4 cups of cold or room temperature brewed coffee
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of french vanilla non-dairy creamer
  • ¼ cup of caramel ice cream topping
  • 3 cups of crushed ice
  • Canned whip cream, if desired

How to Make:

Pour coffee, milk, creamer, caramel topping, and crushed ice into a blender. Blend together on high until it is all completely smooth. Divide into 4 glasses and top with whipped cream if desired, and serve immediately.

5. Gingerbread Coffee

You’ll Need:

  • Boiling water
  • Hot milk
  • 3 tablespoons of coarse ground coffee beans
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses

How to Make:

Put all of the ingredients, except the water and the milk, into a 12oz press pot. Add the boiling water and stir with either a wooden spoon handle or chopstick. Replace the lid and brew for 4 minutes. Press the plunger and pour the coffee into your cup. Add your desired amount of milk to taste.

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If you prefer to make this with drip coffee, you will brew the coffee first and then stir in the spices and molasses. Strain this into your cup and then add milk if desired.

6. Coffee Imperial

You’ll Need:

  • 6 cups of freshly brewed strong coffee
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • Sugar to taste
  • Crushed ice
  • Whipped cream, if desired
  • Cinnamon, to garnish

How to Make:

Add the cinnamon sticks to the hot coffee and allow it to sit for 1 hour, then remove the sticks. Add sugar to coffee to taste, and then add the heavy cream. Allow to chill. Pour this mixture into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with whipped cream and just a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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