Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino- Here's how you can recreate a Starbucks favorite at home for a fraction of the cost!

Normally when I hit up Starbucks I order an Americano with vanilla or a plain black tea.  But every once in a while, especially when it’s hot, I get my mind stuck on ordering a Mocha Frappuccino. (Especially when they offer them for $2 or $3!) Chocolate and coffee. Those two things combined are hard to beat! Also, the whipping cream is a big seller to me 😉

Anyways, I thought that the Mocha Frappuccino would be a great thing to try to recreate at home so I could enjoy one once in while through the summer. I also happen to love to saving money on “luxuries”.

Here’s how you can create a Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino at home:

Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino
Servings: 3
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup Espresso Coffee
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Syrup
  • pinch Xantham Gum
  • 4 cups Ice
  • Whipped Cream for topping
  • Chocolate Syrup to drizzle over whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Make coffee according to directions.
  2. While still hot, pour coffee into blender
  3. Add sugar and mix until dissolved.
  4. Add milk, chocolate syrup and xantham gum and mix another minute.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool.
  6. Add ice to blender and blend on high until smooth.
  7. Pour into glasses.
  8. Top each glass with whipped cream.

 Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino- Here's how you can recreate a Starbucks favorite at home for a fraction of the cost!

Tropical Pineapple Peach Slushie

These Tropical Slushies with pineapple and peaches will have you totally refreshed and in the summer mood in no time!

Spring is here!  We’ve been trying to get into the warm weather mood over here by creating delicious pineapple peach slushies!  We’re big smoothie fans so a slushie adds a bit of “specialness” to the same old!

You’ll want to look no further than this if you’re looking for a refreshing cold drink. These Tropical Slushies with pineapple and peaches will have you totally refreshed and in the summer mood in no time. They’re super simple and use just three ingredients to create a perfect blend.

Tropical Pineapple Peach Slushie

Tropical Pineapple Peach Slushie
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup diced Peaches frozen
  • 1 1/2 cup diced Pineapple frozen
  • 1 cup Pineapple Juice
  • Maraschino Cherries for garnish optional
Instructions
  1. Put pineapple, peaches and pineapple juice in the blender and run until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with cherries.

Let me know what you think!  I’ve got a couple more healthy treats coming up in the next little bit that you may want to look out for. 🙂

These Tropical Slushies with pineapple and peaches will have you totally refreshed and in the summer mood in no time!

7 Fresh Infused Water Recipes

7 fresh infused water recipes

Everyone knows you are suppose to drink eight glasses of water a day, but, that can get boring rather quickly! Water is so good for our bodies, but after glass three or four, you can start craving something with a little more flavor. Luckily, water infusions are the perfect way to get the water you need while getting the flavors you crave. They can even be a great way to add a little more vitamins and nutrients to your water. If you are tired of the same old ice water, give one of these 7 fresh infused water recipes a try! You will love how tasty they can make your glass of water, and you might find yourself enjoying more than the recommended eight glasses a day.

Remember with any infusion, you can strain and enjoy just the water served on ice. Or, enjoy with the produce and herbs present in the beverage. It’s up to you and just a matter of preference. Also, for any of these recipes below you can omit the granulated sugar if you desire. Now, take a look at these 7 Fresh Infused Water Recipes!

Kiwi Strawberry Dream

Ingredients:
4 liters of water
3 peeled and sliced kiwi
1 ½ cups of cleaned, sliced strawberries

Add all of your ingredients to the water and stir well. Allow to chill for 2-3 hours before serving. This infusion is so tasty and fresh plus full of vitamin C!

Citrus Delight

Ingredients:
4 liters of water
2 sliced oranges (skin on)
1 sliced lemon (skin on)
1 small grapefruit, cubed

Add all of your ingredients to water and stir well. This infusion is packed with vitamin c and is a great way to start your morning with extra zing! Prepare it the evening before so the flavors have time to infuse well.

Watermelon Mint Wonder

Ingredients:
4 liters of water
2 cups of cubed watermelon
4-5 sprigs of fresh mint
1 teaspoon of granulated sugar

Add all of your ingredients to the water and stir well. Chill for several hours before serving to allow the flavors, especially the mint to fuse well. This makes the perfect brunch beverage and looks lovely garnished with fresh mint.

Cucumber and Rosemary Refresher

Ingredients:
4 liters of water
2 large cucumbers sliced (skin on)
3-4 fresh rosemary sprigs

Add all of your ingredients to water and stir well. This is an infusion you will want to allow to set overnight to really let the rosemary infuse it well. It is a refreshing yet savory drink, perfect for serving with pre dinner appetizers. Garnish with fresh rosemary if you wish!

Honeysuckle Mint Mixture

Ingredients:
4 liters of water
3-4 fresh honeysuckle blooms
1 teaspoon of honey
3-4 fresh mint sprigs

Rinse your blooms well. Add all of your ingredients to water and stir. The honey will take a little while to dissolve so allow plenty of rest time in the refrigerator. Garnish this beverage with extra blooms if you have them as well as a mint sprig. This tasty infusion makes the perfect wedding or baby shower beverage.

Raspberry Lemon Loveliness

Ingredients:
4 liters of water
1 cup of fresh raspberries
2 lemons, sliced. (skin on)
1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
2-3 sprigs of fresh mint

Add all of your ingredients to water and stir. You can muddle your raspberries first to release the juices a little easier if you choose. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for several hours before serving. This infusion is quite sweet, full of vitamin c, and the perfect brunch beverage. Garnish with fresh lemon if you wish.

Herbal Brew

Ingredients:
4 liters of water
2-3 sprigs EACH of fresh rosemary, mint, basil
1 teaspoon of honey
1 cucumber sliced (skin on)
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

Add all of your ingredients to water and stir. You can muddle your herbs first to release the flavor a little easier if you choose. Allow several hours for the herbs to infuse the water, overnight if you wish for stronger flavor. Serve over ice or even enjoy this brew at room temperature. It is full of nutrients provided by the fresh herbs as well as a hint of vitamin c.

Dress up your water when you give these easy and inexpensive infusions a try! You are sure to find one that delights your taste buds and makes drinking water just a little more fun.

How to Make Sun Tea

How to make sun tea

Have you ever made Sun Tea?  It’s my favourite way to enjoy iced tea in the summer!  The taste of real brewed tea and endless flavour options is what gets me really excited about brewing a batch.

Sun Tea is a method of brewing tea slowly by using the heat of the sun to steep tea bags.  I find it fascinating to watch the water in the glass jar slowly change colour as the sun works its magic on the tea bags.   🙂

Sun Tea is really easy to make and is very adaptable to your own personal flavour preferences.

How to make sun tea:

  1. Add 6 – 9 tea bags (this is my favourite) to a 4 litre glass jar.
  2. Fill the jar with water and screw on the lid.
  3. Place in the direct sun for 3 – 5 hours, or until desired strength is reached. Remove tea bags.
  4. Place in the fridge.
  5. To serve:  add sliced lemons, fresh mint, sweetener (honey, simple syrup, agave…etc.) if desired.

For the batch I brewed pictured above, I used 6 Ginger Peach tea bags and 2 Orange Pekoe tea bags.  I added some of the Simple Syrup I featured the other day until I was happy with the sweetness.  I think it tastes pretty darn good, but if I had some lemons on hand I would have added a few slices to make it perfect!

How to Make Simple Syrup

how to make simple syrup

Summer is here and that means there’s no shortage of ways to use Simple Syrup, a wonderfully versatile syrup to use for all sorts of summery things.

Simple Syrup is perfect for sweetening cold drinks without  having to worry about whether your sugar has dissolved completely.

There are plenty of other uses for Simple Syrup, such as:

  • Sweeten freshly brewed iced tea, lemonade, or coffee
  • Mix with club soda and crushed berries for a summery and non-alcoholic beverage
  • Drizzle over fresh fruit

Simple Syrup is also probably one of the easiest things to make.  Here’s how to make simple syrup:

Simple Syrup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Allow to cool, then pour into a glass bottle.
Recipe Notes

This should keep for up to 3 months or longer in your fridge.

I gave measurements in the recipe, but the formula is 1 part sugar to 1 part water, so you can make as much or as little as you want.

What’s your favourite use for Simple Syrup?  Or, what’s your summer beverage of choice that could use simple syrup?

simple syrup use