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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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