This is a guest post by Mandy Kilinskis, from The Coffee Maker Store. Learn more about how you can guest post for Daily Shot Of Coffee.
Like many of you lovely readers, I like to indulge in Starbucks’ hand-crafted beverages as often as my wallet allows. While I usually settle on iced coffee or shaken iced tea lemonade, there are times when I will splurge on a delicious white chocolate mocha. Rarely does white chocolate, espresso, milk, and whipped cream cohabitate in such perfection.
But back to my wallet. While I adore the white chocolate mocha hot or cold, I can’t afford to shell out $4.50 per Grande per day. On the other hand, I don’t have the time in the morning to make any sort of copycat knockoff. So how can I get delicious espresso drinks without breaking my wallet?
I like the Grande Americano, myself. For approximately $2.10 you get three shots of espresso, which is one more shot than the standard for hand-crafted drinks. Lots of people overlook the Americano because it’s not very fancy. Espresso cut with water? So what? But when you start to customize this drink, you can get makeshift favorites for a lower price.
Note: this recipe works best as the iced form of the drink. Baristas get cranky when you ask them to steam milk for non-latte drinks and the ice helps cut the espresso concentration.
- Grande Americano
- No Water – too much water = too thin of a drink
- Add White Chocolate Mocha – this will set you back 70 more cents (unless you are a Starbucks’ gold card member, then it’s free!)
- Add some milk – pick whichever kind you would get regularly
Then just make sure your drink is thoroughly mixed and enjoy! You’ll be getting 225 mg of caffeine instead of 150, and at half the price! And because you’ll have three shots of espresso instead of the regular two, the flavor will feature a little more coffee than the standard drink. But hey, that’s why we get it in the first place, right?
Photo by MrLoFi.