**Disclosure: My personal AeroPress® was purchased on my own and was not provided by Aerobie®. However, they are generously sponsoring the giveaway. As usual, I only recommend products or services I used personally, and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are honest and my own.
In the coming weeks, I imagine you will be running yourself ragged trying to prepare for the holidays. My major undertaking (to the delight of my friends and family) is baking, and I always like a fun holiday drink to keep going and keep my spirits up.
The solution? I’ve continued to work on DIY recipes for my favorite holiday drinks and over the next several weeks, I’m going to share my favorites with you (plus a fun giveaway!!!!). First up – the Gingerbread Latte.
The gingerbread flavored syrup at the base of this drink is the perfect thing to pump up your morning coffee (afternoon… evening… who are you kidding with that certain paper cup glued to your hand?!). So simple and done in no time, you’ll be so glad you made this recipe so you don’t have to wait in line at you-know-where. Use a couple pumps in your regular brewed coffee or go all out to concoct a latte. Be the hostess with the mostess and make a double batch so you can have plenty on hand for overnight guests or morning visitors!
Anyone else obsessed with speculoos cookies – aka “airplane cookies” – ??? I think United is the one who hands them out – so good, and perfect for a little something sweet with coffee. Trader Joe’s has them now, but you can find the brand name – Lotus – pretty much everywhere these days.
And while I don’t go completely nuts to make my own spiced whipped cream (although that would be so great for a brunch!), a little cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled over the top really hits the spot. :)
I like to keep my homemade syrups in recycled pump bottles with handy labels.
I’ve had no problems keeping mine on the counter for a couple weeks, but for longer storage on my double batches I keep the extra in the fridge. This syrup would also make a great gift for that coffee (or tea!) lover in your life – just package in a mason jar with a pump dispenser (check your local craft store for these – I’ve seen them EVERYwhere lately).
BTW – wondering what that weird hexagonal shaped doo-hickey is next to my grinder? That is my AeroPress® coffee press and YOU have a chance to win one! Read my equipment notes below and find the contest details at the bottom of the post right after the recipe.
[ I first posted this info in my recipe for White Chocolate Mocha, but thought the info would be useful here as well :) ]
I was recently listening to an America’s Test Kitchen podcast, in which they recommended an espresso press called AeroPress® Coffee & Espresso Maker by Aerobie®. Having been a devoted Keurig user for several years without successfully being able to replicate a delicious espresso brew (instead occasionally using added instant espresso powder for boosted flavor), I thought I’d give the gadget a try (it was only $25 and fully returnable to the store if it failed).
photo courtesy of Aerobie® website
IT. WAS. AMAZING! After one brew (super simple process very similar to a French press), I put the Keurig away in the cabinet and will probably sell it at my next garage sale. I’m not kidding. This thing is SO easy to use and easy to clean – even better than my reusable k-cups! All you need is hot water, plus finely ground coffee (I like espresso roast, but you can use whatever you want!). Don’t forget to enter below for your chance to win an AeroPress® of your own!
Side note – I am a huge fan of both my grinder (fresh coffee in seconds) and my electric milk frothing pitcher (perfectly sized for heating/frothing enough milk for 2 lattes/cappuccinos). I’ve learned that for the best tasting coffee, grinding your own is a must and my little grinder works just perfectly for me. Nothing fancy, but it’s fresh! As for the frothing pitcher, I’ve used milk, coconut milk and even eggnog in the pitcher – while each froths differently, all of them are heated to the perfect temperature to add to my beverage. I got a great deal on Amazon for both and use them almost every morning
Between these three products (the total of which cost me significantly less than the price of my Keurig), I have the ability to make delicious coffee drinks in my own home, leaving the coffee shops for special occasions only. :)
One (1) lucky winner will receive an One (1) AeroPress® Coffee & Espresso Maker by Aerobie®. The giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59pm PST on Friday January 23. To enter, complete entries using the Rafflecopter form. Entries submitted with no matching validation will be removed from the drawing. The winner must be a US resident who is 18 or older – by entering you acknowledge that you meet the criteria. Winner will be contacted by email within 24 hours after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond before a replacement winner will be chosen. MacSuzie.com is not responsible for prize fulfillment – prize will be mailed to the winner by Aerobie® upon receipt of mailing address. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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