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Cocoa Canella Caramel Tea Latte

So. After being 1.6 pounds down this week, I’m feeling pretty stellar. So, I wanted to share something super delicious with you all today. ❤ I love coffee and tea. Coffee is my first love, and will always be my preferred choice. I’m a frequent customer at Starbucks, but I do enjoy other cafes. I do like to mix it up with tea quite often and my Keurigs kcups are a mix of both coffee AND tea. So, it is natural that I have some tea latte recipes to add some variety to my usual coffee-dominated life. Here’s one that I really like.

Ingredients:

Tea: I used my Cocoa Canella Loose Leaf Tea I got from Davids Tea in Canada. You can use any tea you prefer.

Warm Milk (I find vanilla Soy or Almond to be the best. But regular cows milk works too, in a pinch).

Caramel: I made some caramel sauce at home. It’s pretty easy. Take a unopened can of sweetened condensed milk, put it in a crockpot (with the label off!), fill the pot with water to cover the can and let it cook on high for 3 hours. Done. Instant Caramel. I used about two tablespoons…

Cinnamon: To Taste. I just added a pinch or two. It all depends on your pallet. Nutmeg is also tasty on occasion.

Procedure:

1. Steep your tea! Follow the directions for your preferred tea.

2. Heat up Milk

3. Add Tea, Milk, Caramel and Cinnamon (or nutmeg) into a blender and give it a pulse or two to mix. You’ll also get a nice foam~

4. Sip and Enjoy. It’s…so….good.

It isn't Starbucks, but it'll do.

It isn’t Starbucks, but it’ll do.

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Starbucks Summer Mission #10 and #11!

I outdid myself a bit today. 😛 I was out with my best friend and we stopped at Starbucks after both lunch and gamestop. I was in a rather jolly mood so I got two drinks at starbucks today. Yet, I’m not feeling much guilt about it. Pft, who needs restraint.

Right.

Anyway. I went against my first thought, which was to get something…chocolatey. Since that’s what I normally tend to get, even when picking from the ‘secret’ menu items. Instead, I went a different direction.

The Butterbeer Frappuchino!

A Butterbeer Frappuchino is simply a White Mocha Frappuchino with hazelnut and toffeenut syrup mixed in. My Verdict? It’s absolutely delicious. It had a nice butterscotch taste to it…both rich and sweet (without being overly sweet). I loved it. The barista was a pretty cool dude and said he loved when people came in and tried different spinoffs of menu items. He had tried the Crunch berry Frappuchino himself (previously mentioned in another blog) and was also surprised at how such a simple combo tasted like the real cereal. We had a great conversation, needless to say. Anyway. I’d give this frappuchino a 5/5 for sure! If you’re not into the chocolate flavored frappuchinos…this might be more your speed. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a butterscotch taste 🙂

Side note: Saw this sign in the store…It made me smile. I love Starbucks.

Clearly, that wasn’t enough. After sitting there at Starbucks for a few hours…I was thirsty again. But I was too full to consume another frappuchino (thankfully). So instead I tried one of their newer drink items: their cool lime refresher.

*Sip* Ahhh~

I liked this a lot. The Cool Lime refresher was…well…refreshing. To be honest, it tasted like a Mojito without the alcohol in it. Which isn’t a big issue, but I thought it was funny. Next Time I’ll try the Very Berry Hibiscus refresher.

Happy Sipping!

Completed Drinks List:

Item 1: Cocoa Cappuchino

Item 2: Thin Mint Frappuchino

Item 3: Cookies and Cream Frappuchino

Item 4: The Nutella Frappuchino.

Item 5: Iced Caramel Macchiato

Item 6: Twix Frappuchino

Item 7: Oreo frappuchino

Item 8: The Gilligan Frappuchino

Item 9: The Crunch Berry Frappuchino

Item 10: Butterbeer Frappuchino

Item 11: Cool Lime Refresher

~Peace, Love, Starbucks~

Thirsty Thursday: (Belated) Tazo Tea

I have been so busy this week and didn’t have time to post a few blogs this week…so now that I have a bit of time, I am catching up. Ugh summertime. I digress. Moving right along to what I should have posted yesterday. I realize most of the drinks I post are coffee related drinks. So, I decided to post something for the tea drinkers out there (as lame as you are. Jk :P). Actually, I like to try to mix things up every now and then. Keeping that in mind, this week’s drink is from Starbucks (surprise surprise). I really like Tazo tea and I usually buy Tazo tea loose leaf tea by the containers for the fall and winter.

I was in Peoria not too long ago with some friends and saw that Starbucks has both Iced Tazo tea and Iced Tazo tea with lemonade. I like my iced teas with a good amount of sweetness so I decided to try it with lemonade. I originally had the Passionfruit tea with lemonade and let me tell ya…it was AWESOME. Probably one of the best non-coffee drinks I had had in a long time. The blend of the passionfruit tea with the lemonade made for a sweet, but not overly sweet, combination. The lemonade kept it a bit tart, so that might have helped. It was great and a lot cheaper than their other drinks at the same size. It’s also a healthier options than their frappuchinos, not that I care…but a nice side deal I suppose.

Awww Yeah~

A few days ago, I decided to get another Tazo tea with lemonade but I wanted to try a different tea blend. Starbucks gives you the choice of passionfruit, black, green and peach tea. I figured black tea and lemonade would  make for an interesting mix, so I went with that. It isn’t as good as the passionfruit but it’s still really tasty. Sooo refreshing ❤ Especially on these hot summer days. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys delicious and cold iced teas. Go try some. Go go go! I think I’ll try green tea next but in the mean time… Happy Sipping 😀

Thirsty Thursday: Argo Tea

Today’s Thirsty Thursday edition will be some delicious drinks from Argo Tea. I have not frequented this nice tea cafe before a few days ago for two reasons: 1) Not close enough to any locations to really ever go 2) I”m a coffee person (Starbucks <3). However, I do like tea and had passed it a few times downtown and my curiosity was peaked. I checked their menu online and was pleasantly surprised at the selections they had.

They describe their drinks as:

We’ve created our own unique blends of Signature Drinks that are all naturally fresh, healthy and distinctive. Always made from real ingredients that are free of any artificial flavorings, colors or additives

I was automatically interested. When I got to the place, I was pleased with how damn COZY it was. It’s…a nice play to come and get a nice drink, maybe some food (I didn’t try any of their baked goods, or panini…but they certainly looked-and smelled-really good) and chill on your laptop (or read a book, etc). I was immediately comfortable. One thing I did particularly like about the place, other than the friendly staff, is that Argo Tea is a ‘Green’ business and advocates for sustainability. I thought that was pretty awesome. They have a bunch of other things there to buy too: teaware, loose leaf tea, etc. They also have nice cafe snacks you can buy, which I did. I ended up getting some biscotti, short bread cookies, and Nutorious Nut Confectious: Cranberry Orango Tango.

 

But, I digress. On to the drinks! They have a variety of drinks that I think most people would enjoy. They have some ‘milky’ tea drinks like their Red Velvet or their Chocolate Mint. But they also have some more fresh and light options like: Green Tea Ginger Twist, Tea Sangria and Hibiscus Steamer.

Chocolate mint and Tea Sangria

 

I ended up trying the Tea Sangria (shown on the right) and my friend had the Chocolate Mint. The Tea Sangria is hibiscus iced tea with fresh fruit. The chocolate mint is steamed cocoa with mint and tea. I had a sip of hers and of course drank all of mine. They were both absolutely delicious. I liked my experience so much that I ended up coming back to Argo tea later that day and got ANOTHER drink. I ended up deciding on the Red Velvet (not shown). It was sort of…my dessert for the day after having lunch at Jake Melnicks (which will actually be blogged about tomorrow on my Om Nom Nom of the week). It had a good balance of white chocolate and raspberry flavors. It was awesome. I will definitely be going back a few times this summer before fall semester starts. If you get a chance to stop by one (I”m not sure of all their locations), I highly suggest you do. ~Happy Sipping~