Pick your Poison: Gingerbread Latte Syrup Recipe

Crikey, it’s been a while since i posted a recipe (life has happened) but seen as it’s feeling very miserable out there today, and most of us will probably be stood under the rain filled clouds watching Fireworks at some point this weekend, I have a recipe for some delicious Gingerbread Latte Syrup to help warm your cockles.

Costa have launched their well loved festive drinks and cups this week but why not save yourself a few pennies and make your own? It’s easier than you might think!

Add the syrup into some warmed milk with a shot of espresso – and if you fell a bit cheeky, a shot of Brandy! – to make it into a luscious winter Latte.

Enjoy the fireworks!

Recipe for Gingerbread Latte syrup




Pick your Poison: Turbo Gin & Tonic

Let’s go Turbo!

Have you heard about the latest craze to hit the Gin world by storm? It’s a bit of an odd one but bear with me, it’s totally worth it.

The latest craze is to put cold brew coffee in your G&T, thus creating a Turbo Gin and Tonic.

Sounds odd I know, but it really does work and what better way to perk yourself up than with a Gin mixed with coffee? You’ll be buzzing in no time. Think of the speed  in which you could get the housework done after drinking one of these!

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First off, what is cold brew coffee?

Cold brew coffee is the new kid on the coffee block. People everywhere are raving about it due to it’s apparently superior taste compared to normal coffee.

To make it, ground coffee is steeped in room-temperature water for up to 24-hours to produce a concentrated coffee essence which is then diluted with water, usually by 50%, and is then served chilled. The end product results in a sweeter, less acidic drink which, certainly in the summer months, delivers a satisfying and strong coffee flavour but in a new way.

The fact the coffee is less acidic also means it sits better in the stomach and can stop the person drinking it suffering the dreaded ‘Tom-tits’ (that’s cockney rhyming slang for sh*ts if you aren’t familiar). That’s got to be a bonus, right?!

How to make your own cold brew coffee at home

Simply put a teaspoon of coffee grounds per cup of coffee you’re making into a Cafetiere.

Top up with water from the kettle which is room temperature and then leave it to steep for 24 hours.

Once steeped, plunge the cafetiere and decant the coffee into a sterilised kilner jar or bottle and close with a firm/airtight lid.

The coffee will keep for up to 14 days in the fridge like this.


Turbo Gin and Tonic Recipe

Turbo Gin and Tonic recipe using cold brew coffee

Ingredients

(makes 1 glass)

35ml Gin (one with a strong hit of Juniper works very well with this – Sipsmith is a good one to use)

150ml Tonic water

10ml Cold Brew Coffee

Ice

Coffee Beans to decorate (and a slice of lemon rind if you wish)


 Method

Place the ice in a glass of your choice

Add the Gin

Pour in the cold brew coffee

Top with your tonic

Decorate with some whole Coffee Beans and a slice of lemon rind if you wish.

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And there we have it! Super simple once the cold brew coffee is made and a lovely change to your usual Gin and Tonic.




Pick your Poison: Chocolate and Hazelnut Iced Coffee

Pick your Poison: Chocolate and Hazelnut Iced Coffee

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The weather here in the UK this week has been bonkers. My car said it was 41’c inside it the other day when I got in.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like the warm weather but I was literally melting and the toddler was a miserable, sweaty mess too. Nobody got any sleep and I think it is pretty safe to say we actually enjoyed a bit of a breeze and a spot of cloud in our household yesterday! (Sorry sun worshipers…)

Anyhow, in all the heat, I really fancied an iced coffee so had a tinker about and came up with this version. It has a Nuttella type spread in it so imagine a coffee flavoured Ferrero Rocher and you’re pretty much there. Yummers.


 Ingredients

(to make 2 jam jars/glasses of Nuttella Iced Coffee)

2 Heaped Tablespoons of Nuttella or a Nuttella equivalent (plus a little extra to decorate the inside of your glasses)

(I actually used a spread called Duo by Penotti – it is a Vanilla and Chocolate spread and it’s super delicious! I got mine from Ocado)

100g ice (crushed preferably but not essential as long as your blender blades can handle the ice cubes)

300ml milk

150ml Strong black coffee, which has been brewed and left to cool down.

 Whipped cream to serve

Cocoa Powder to decorate


Method

1 – Place the ice,  hazelnut spread, cooled coffee and milk in a blender.

2 – Whizz for a minute or so.

3 – Using the back of a spoon, dip the spoon in your chocolate & hazelnut spread and smear it around the inside of your glass. This is where the double coloured spread came into it’s own, it looked completely lush!

4 – Pour the iced coffee into the glass and top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cocoa powder.

Enjoy with a straw…and a bit of sunshine! 😉

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 If you have a go at this recipe, do share it with me on my Facebook Page or over on instagram by tagging me @lifeisknutts

Gems.x




Pick your Poison: Alcoholic Iced Caramel Latte

Pick your Poison: Alcoholic Iced Caramel Latte

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“Today, I will nail this parenting malarkey and be the best Mum ever…but first, I need Coffee. And Alcohol”

This iced coffee is probably my favourite tipple at the moment. Probably.

It’s just as good minus the alcohol so if you fancy an iced caramel coffee, once the Great British Summer decides to arrive, this would be a fab recipe to use.

Your caffine and alcohol fix in one shebang, think espresso martini, but not quite as potent.

The energy and staying power of a toddler will have nothing on you once you’ve had one of these bad boys!


Ingredients

1 shot of strong espresso coffee (left to cool for 20 minutes)

25ml Kahlua

25ml Baileys (or Triibe Liquer)

150ml Cold Milk

15ml Caramel Coffee Syrup (I used Tate and Lyle)

Squirty cream (for decoration)

Caramel Sauce (for decoration)

Crushed Ice (preferable, but not essential – cubes will also do)


Method

  1. In a cocktail shaker, place the cooled coffee, Kahlua, Baileys, caramel syrup and crushed ice.
  2. Place the lid on the shaker and shake well.
  3. Remove the lid from the shaker and add the milk.
  4. This time, stir the ingredients together with a long spoon/muddler.
  5. Pour into a tall glass.
  6. Top with squirty cream and caramel sauce…and a straw!

Slurp!


Do share your attempts with me over on my facebook page and on my Instagram by tagging me @lifeisknutts

Now get drinking my lovely Knutters! Tally ho!




Tell me why, I don’t like Monday’s…

I. Hate. Monday’s.
Seriously, they can bugger off. They’re about as enjoyable as sleeping on a toddlers bedroom floor (yes, I was there again last night).

Its a 20 minute walk to school for us and my husband currently has my car as his is in need of a new gear box. It’s very cheap to repair (bulls*%t), so he has mine and I’m having to walk.

That is perfectly fine and we enjoy the walk to school most days but I certainly didn’t today.

We did the 20 minute walk to school this morning, only to realise when we get there that I’ve forgotten to pick my middle child’s swimming kit up off the chair in the living room.

(Cue me wanting to scream and swear like a mad woman in front of the school gates but opting for a “Haha! Oh dear, what a silly mummy I am” was sadly more appropriate).

I inform his teacher with dread (nobody likes to be THAT MUM who has forgotten something important) but luckily she says not to worry and to just zoom home and fetch it.

Thankfully she tells me he isn’t swimming in the first group, so I haven’t completely shamed myself, but he will need it by about 9:30/10am.

Cue me running home like a bat out of hell with the toddler in the pushchair, who is wondering what on earth is going on because mummy never normally does anything quicker than a power walk and throws his arms in the air like he is on a roller coaster.

At least someone is enjoying themselves…

I get home, get the kit and zoom out the door again to do the 20 minute walk back. I manage to jog some of the way but, as I do, one of the wheels falls off the pushchair and rolls off the pavement into the road!

For gods sake!!

(Said pushchair had a puncture so hubby put some new tyres on it for me at the weekend. He clearly wouldn’t get a job for McLaren F1’s pit stop team as he had failed to secure the wheel back onto the frame properly).

I put the brake on the pushchair (not that it’s going to roll off with only 2 wheels) and retrieved the wheel before a car came and ran over it. After a pit stop in super quick time, that Red Bull racing would probably be proud of, I set off on my mission again.

“Yum, yums!!!” the toddler yells. So I stop and get him a snack from the bag. I set off again. “Juice!!! Juice!!!” comes the next shout. So I get him some juice from the bag, whilst he laughs at me as I hand it to him – I’m pretty sure he’s enjoying seeing me struggle – and we set off again.

I haven’t had breakfast.
I haven’t had coffee.

I haven’t run anywhere in about 2 months.

Its safe to say I’m feeling pretty much like I want to have a meltdown.

By some miracle I get to school and I’ve managed the journey in 12 minutes, despite the toddler yelling for supplies and the wheel falling off the pushchair.

And it’s only 9:15am.

I deliver the swimming kit and walk out the school gates breathing a sigh of relief and find solace in a bag of Haribo Minions that have been knocking about in my changing bag since Christmas and begin the 20 minute WALK home (there’s not a chance I’m running anymore this morning).

Tell me why? I don’t like Mondays.

Tell me why? I don’t like Mondays.

Tell me why? I don’t like Mondays.

I want to shoot the whole day down.

(Boomtown Rats say it best)

 

Monday Morning First Aid Kit