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DIY Starbucks Inspired Holiday Drinks

November 20, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Since the holiday season is upon us, I though it would be a good time to share some of my favorite Starbucks inspired holiday drinks with you. Each one of these drinks reminds me of cozy days wrapped in my onesie and snuggled in a blanket, so I thought I should share the recipes with you so you can feel that way too. The best part is you can make each of these drinks in the microwave, under 5 minutes... unless you want to be fancy like me, then by all means, use the stove top.

CARAMEL APPLE SPICE CIDER


  • Apple Cinnamon Spice Tea OR 2 Cups of Apple Juice
  • 2-3 Tsp pf Cinnamon Dulce Syrup (Recipe Below)
  • Whipped Cream
  • Caramel Topping (Recipe Below)

  1. In a pan, boil the tea (or apple juice) for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add Cinnamon Dulce Syrup to the pan and stir well.
  3. Garnish with Whipped Cream and Caramel Topping. 
CARAMEL TOPPING

  • 1/2 Cup of White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Whipping Cream (or Whole Milk)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 stick of Butter
  1. Dissolve the Sugar, Butter and Salt in a pan over medium high heat. Stirring frequently to prevent it from burning or sticking to the pan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then add the Milk. Allow it to boil for another 3-4 minutes, stirring every 10 seconds. 
  3. Store in a glass container for up to 3 weeks.
  4. Reheat mixture for 10-15 seconds in microwave, if necessary.

CINNAMON DULCE SYRUP

  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon

  1. Dissolve the Sugar, Cinnamon and Water in a pan over medium high heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil for about 2 minutes, then remove it from the heat
  3. Store in a glass container. 

PEPPERMINT COCO-CCINO 

Caffeine free version of Starbucks Peppermint Mocha 

  • Instant Hot Chocolate
  • 1 tsp Peppermint Extract OR 2-4 melted peppermints in 1/4 Cup of water
  • Frothed Milk with ZenPro's Milk Frother (code: ZenPro15)
  • Crushed Peppermints

  1. Dissolve the Sugar, Butter and Salt in a pan over medium high heat. Stirring frequently to prevent it from burning or sticking to the pan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then add the Milk. Allow it to boil for another 3-4 minutes, stirring every 10 seconds. 
  3. Store in a glass container for up to 3 weeks.
  4. Reheat mixture for 10-15 seconds in microwave, if necessary.

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE


This is an oldie but goodie, and may even look familiar to some of you. That's because I have a whole post dedicated to this drink. Since I have already covered this in detail, you can get the full recipe here.

If you make any of these recipes, share the with me on social media with #CookingWithShaina. Also, share your favorite holiday drink in the comments!

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