Are you tired of diluted iced coffee, or want to give your iced coffee a healthy and natural flavor boost? Here is your answer! Cinnamon and Vanilla Infused Coffee Ice Cubes!
I am still on a coffee theme this week. If you missed last week’s post on affogato (ice cream “drowned” in espresso), please check it out!
Remember how coffee ice cubes became all the rage on the Internet a few years ago? Well it is one of those viral tips that deserves its recognition, because it is genius in its simplicity. I like my coffee strong and I love a good iced coffee in warmer weather, but I don’t like how regular ice cubes dilute it. However, by adding coffee ice cubes I found that often times it made me too jittery. And I have never been a fan of just adding milk to the coffee ice cubes, because it takes to long to enjoy. I want to make and start sipping it straightaway! I also love adding cinnamon and/or nutmeg to my coffee to give it a little spice. I do this even with iced coffee, but it is hard to mix in and kind of just sits on top of the ice cubes.
This year I decided to solve all of these problems with one solution! I added some vanilla bean paste and cinnamon to my coffee cubes and I used a combination of used Nespresso capsules and fresh Nespresso decaf capsules to make the coffee ice cubes.
I told you before about how I love my Nespresso Lattissima Plus, and after over a year of use, we have learned that you can get a nice double shot of espresso out of one pod, by running it through twice. Yes, the second pass is weaker, but it is still a darker color than normal brewed coffee, so not only is it economical to use each pod twice it is also environmentally friendly because there is less waste to recycle.
The added flavors of vanilla and cinnamon add an exotic flavor to your iced coffee. Cinnamon is also wonderful for digestion and regulating blood sugar and vanilla is a “feel good” scent and taste attracting peace and happiness. So those of you who might be trying to kick the sugar habit or want a healthier (and magical!) substitute to unnatural flavored creamers, this is a great way to get started!
- 2 cups coffee (diluted)
- 1 TBS. cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
- Brew espresso, either using a Nespresso machine, or you can use whatever method you normally use.
- Immediately mix in the cinnamon powder and vanilla bean paste using a whisk and making sure it is well mixed.
- Let everything cool and whisk again.
- Then pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid.
- Once they are frozen, you can store them in the trays, or remove and store them in freezer bags.
METHOD: Brew espresso, either using a Nespresso machine, or you can use whatever method you normally use. Immediately mix in the cinnamon powder and vanilla bean paste using a whisk and making sure it is well mixed. Let everything cool and whisk again. Then pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Once they are frozen, you can store them in the trays, or remove and store them in freezer bags.
You can make your iced coffee in different ways:
1) Fill glass with coffee ice cubes and pour milk over top. When the coffee ice cubes have melted, mix together with the milk.
2) If you are impatient like me and don’t want to wait that long, just put one cube in a coffee cup, brew another shot of espresso, pour on top and then add milk and stir. This is my preferred way. It is faster and easier.
UP THE YUM: Play around with flavor combinations. Try adding mint extract, or chocolate powder. Think of your favorite flavored coffee combinations and you can have fun customizing your cubes!