The first in my new blog category of leethal “recipes”! These “recipes” are in quotes because they’re not meant to be normal recipes – working at home all day, I get creative in the kitchen like I do with yarn and fabric, so I want to start sharing my weirdo ideas and inspire you too to look at what you have in your kitchen and try to make something new and interesting!
This first one is brought to you by the Pacific Northwest heat wave! I start off every morning by making myself a mini-pot of coffee (Pete doesn’t drink coffee, can you believe it?!), enough for about 2 mugs worth. Well in the heat, after my first small cup wakes me up, I tend not to want the any more hot, so I let it sit there for awhile; then a couple hours later the caffeine starts to wear off and I want another kick. So, I’ve started making this crazy coffee soda pop!
- coffee (cooled to room temperature or cold is best)
- any kind of dark soda pop (any cola, or flavored cola, or root beer, or Dr. Pepper, and diet works too….)
- optional chocolate syrup (my favorites are dark chocolate or white chocolate)
Mix the coffee and the pop about 50/50.
Normally I start with my room temperature coffee, add chocolate syrup if I want, then add the soda, slowly! The warmer the coffee, the more fizz you’ll get – adding soda to warm/hot coffee can cause major fizz catastrophes! I know this from experience, of course!
Add ice as needed; watering it down a little with ice can sometimes make it taste better, in my opinion, if the coffee is particularly strong. Sometimes, if I know I want to make the drink later in the day, I’ll stick the leftover coffee in the fridge, so all ingredients are cold and less ice is needed.
I’ve used RC cola, diet lime Coke, diet Go (Safeway brand cola), Barqs root beer, diet cherry Dr. Pepper… they’re all great! I usually don’t bother with the chocolate syrup, but I add it sometimes depending on what pop I’m using. I’d bet flavored coffee syrups would be good too – like vanilla, cherry, or raspberry…
Just so you know, I’m not insane to have come up with this – Coke has (had, in the US) a cola/coffee bottled drink called Coke Blak that I used to get sometimes (guilty pleasure – I try to avoid supporting Coke). And there is an official espresso drink with a name that I can’t remember or find that’s made with: Coke, espresso, and chocolate syrup. Really, it’s true, I made it when I was a barista.
On a side note, your other hot weather coffee option is of course cold brew! Yummmm! I started doing this a couple summers ago (in fact, I mentioned it long ago in an early blog post), and I’ve been lazy about it this year, only making it once so far, but it is delicious! If you have a french press, you can use that, but it’s easy to make without one too. Enjoy!