When all of us first went into lockdown, there were some things I expected to miss. Like, meeting my friends, Sunday brunches and the dog outside my office. What I couldn't imagine I would crave, however, were classic overpriced refreshments, like a large glass of Pepsi at the movie theatre, cocktails crafted by skilled bartenders, and fancy coffee drinks with whipped cream on top, the glass drizzled with a sickly sweet sauce.
If you've been reading our blogs lately, you'd know we've taken it upon ourselves to make the things we would previously shell out a painfully large amount of money for, right in the comfort of our kitchens. From DIY Sunday Brunch cocktails to tasty twists on your trusted Iced tea, we've travelled the length and breadth of all the fancy, out of reach drinks one can whip up easily at home. Next up on our homespun journey, we arrive at the sacred town of coffee!
Now, if you're anything like me, your coffee making skills at home would perhaps be restricted to blending some instant coffee powder with hot water and sugar. But 3 months worth of distance from high-end coffee shops later, I'm willing to admit to my need for an extravagant coffee concoction, every couple of days. And also, my need to save money, and my need to protect myself from a looming virus. So putting 1 and 2 together, here are my favourite fancy coffee recipes that I took a gander at, and surprisingly sipped happily on, till the glass was full empty. Because, if a person like me with "can boil water" listed as her finest cooking skill can do it, you most certainly can as well!
1. Iced Nutella Coffee
One word that can make adults and kids happy with equal ease and intensity, is Nutella. The chocolatey, nutty spread has been a saviour for most of the world population, especially during unexpected hunger pangs when all you had in the kitchen, was a loaf of bread to spare. This Youtube tutorial by Well Done is the perfect ode to your love for both Nutella and coffee, as it demonstrates how to easily create a mug of refreshing Nutella flavoured iced coffee with just a few ingredients. A simple recipe that takes a couple of minutes to create, you will be left with a tall glass of chocolate flavoured cold coffee to revive your energy, during hot summer months.
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2. Hot Cinnamon Flavoured Coffee
Cinnamon is always a great flavour to add to hot beverages like tea and coffee, and this recipe is no exception. What seems like just simple addition, goes a long way in making your kitchen crafted coffee, taste like the couple hundred bucks you would've paid for someone else to make it. We particularly love this Youtube recipe tutorial by Tasty n Yummy, since it breaks down the recipe into step-by-step instructions, and also highlights the health benefits of adding cinnamon to your fancy coffee drink, in addition to its taste-enhancing abilities. Oh, and the end product smells absolutely divine.
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3. French Vanilla Cafe Latte
Now, this is a million-dollar coffee recipe, that's actually going to cost you a few bucks and some minimal cooking effort at best! With the authentic aroma and taste of French vanilla, this is the perfect indulgent cuppa to kick your feet up with. The recipe tastes extremely delicious, and you won't be able to tell the difference between your cup of Joe, and the same mug you'd get at a fancy bistro, save the fact that you made it yourself! This Youtube recipe tutorial by Jayarr Coffee is especially fancy, while being easy to create without the need for fancy mechanisms, or professional coffee skills.
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4. Iced Mocha
With the sweltering summer heat making your skin prickle, the need for a cool energising drink is more pressing now than ever. In comes, the classic iced mocha, except this one doesn't require you to make your way to a nearby expensive cafe. This fancy coffee recipe makes for a perfect cold mug brimming with sweet, indulgent flavours that you can lounge around the house while sipping on. If you're worried about the calories in your chocolatey iced mocha, here's a Youtube recipe tutorial by MadisonJaneRoberts that's actually healthy for both your body, and mind!
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5. Coffee Coconut Frappucino
Coconut is a magic ingredient that can add a certain depth of flavour to just about any beverage you pick. For now, we will go with a favourite in the world of coffee, your classic frappucino. Cool, refreshing, and the perfect kick of energy for the summer, a tall glass of coconut frappucino is bound to appeal to all your senses in equal measure. This Youtube recipe tutorial by AprilAthena7 is our favourite so far, because it genuinely teaches you how to whip up the iconic Starbucks Coconut Frappuccino when you're at home by just yourself!
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6. Iced Caramel Latte
What can we say, it's hard for us to resist a great cold variation of a staple coffee drink, especially one that comes with the satisfying taste of caramel to boot! One of the most elegant, but also least time-consuming mentions on this list of fancy coffees to make at home - the iced caramel latte is packed with honey-sweet flavours and an invigorating coolness. If you're itching to grab a glass of your own, this Youtube recipe tutorial by Happy Foods Tube is super easy to follow, and also takes a grand total of 1 minute to create from scratch!
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7. Pumpkin Spice Latte
If you have an inexpressible love for the famous pumpkin spice latte by Starbucks, you no longer need to wait for the season of Autumn to snag a sip! In fact, you don't even need to leave the house at all, considering this recipe is a lot easier to create in the kitchen than you would've thought it to be. We particularly followed this Youtube video recipe by Inspired Taste, because it not only lets novice cooks whip up their own batch at home, but it also allows for adjustments in ingredients to alter the taste exactly according to your own coffee preferences.
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8. Vietnamese Iced Coffee
If you really want to get fancy with your coffee making skills, the Vietnamese way is one of the oldest brewing techniques in the world you should master. But this recipe comes with a contemporary spin and makes for a chilled glass of caffeine to sip on leisurely when it's boiling hot outside. This Youtube recipe tutorial by EmmyMadeInJapan, teaches you with its interactive and super-fun-to-watch video, the right way to make your delish Vietnamese summertime coffee treat!
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The Italians really have their recipes pinned to perfection, don't they? One of the more exotic mentions under the category of fancy coffees you can make at home, a shakerato is a lot simpler to make than it sounds, and with just a few basic ingredients at that. This Italian iced coffee drink comes with the caffeine kick of a strong espresso drink, which then, as the name suggests, is shaken well to create a summer coffee staple. This Youtube recipe tutorial by Tastemade will make the process even simpler for you, by breaking down the technique of mixing the perfect Shakerato into easy to follow steps.
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10. Orange Mocha Frappucino
Here's a fancy coffee recipe for the brave-hearted. Don't judge the drink just yet, wait till you give it a shot, pun intended and everything. This unique coffee concoction comes with multiple layers of yummy flavours including chocolate, citrus and coffee to name a few. This is an ideal summer drink, especially considering how easily you will be able to score the listed ingredients, blend those into a mouthwatering summer beverage, and keep the heat at bay with the end product. Giving credit where it's due, the idea for this fancy coffee recipe comes from the Zoolander movies of course, along with this hilarious Youtube video tutorial by Binging with Babish. He will take you through all the steps in the technique, with one pop culture joke at a time!
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Feeling like a Barista, yet?