Best Way to Cool Down on a Hot Summer Day
Summer is here with a vengeance! As temperatures continue to rise, people are on the hunt for a sweet treat to beat the afternoon heat. Coffee aficionados may have to temporarily put down their favorite hot beverages and replace them with something much cooler. Enter the frozen blended mocha! This simple-to-make, delicious drink takes the best aspects of your ideal coffee and makes it... ice cold!
Here is a simple step-by-step guide to creating an unforgettable frozen blended mocha experience.
Frozen Blended Mocha Ingredients (1 Serving)
You’ll need the following ingredients to create the quintessential frozen blended mocha:
- 1 shot of your favorite brewed espresso
- 1/8 cup of sweetened condensed milk (optional)
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 5 Ice cubes (or as many as needed)
- 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup/sauce
- Whipped cream (optional)
Carefully Crafted Coffee
To ensure your frozen blended mocha really hits the spot, let’s talk about how to brew some heavenly espresso.
You’ll also have to grind your coffee beans. Try not to use a blade grinder as the blades do not offer consistency when breaking down the coffee beans and also affect the overall taste adversely. Burr grinders are the way to go as they use rough burrs that trap and grind beans consistently, which offers superior flavor.
Now it’s time to add your grinds to the Moka Pot or espresso maker. We recommend using measuring spoons for this step so that you don’t waste your precious coffee grinds. Having the amount of coffee grinds measured precisely also ensures you can repeat this process accurately in the future.
If you’re using an espresso maker, make sure to use a tamper to compress the coffee grinds for a better, concentrated flavor profile. Generally, it is not advisable to use a tamper for a Moka Pot as it cannot withstand high pressures.
Once heat is applied, the Moka Pot or espresso machine will extract the flavor from your coffee grinds and you’ll be set with arguably the most important ingredient of your frozen blended mocha.
Sp-ice Things Up in the Kitchen
There are three main steps to preparing your frozen blended mocha to beat the summertime heat. This recipe is relatively simple and doesn’t require much time at all.
Step 1 – Express Through Espresso
Preparing the perfect espresso is one of the most important pieces to creating a frozen blended mocha. Make sure to pick coffee beans that you enjoy the flavor of and select ones with a roast level that suits your taste.
As mentioned above, grind your beans and extract the espresso using either a Moka Pot or an espresso machine.
Step 2 – The Perfect Blend
After measuring out your ingredients, add them to a blender. You should start off by using your blender in pulse mode to help combine the ingredients together consistently. You can then finish off by blending on high for about 30 seconds for a silky smooth consistency.
Step 3 – Serve and Enjoy
Pour your frozen blended mocha into a glass and add whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or any other toppings you desire. You’re now ready to indulge in the perfect summer-beating treat!
Quick Tricks and Tips
1. Coffee Ice Cubes
If you want your frozen blended mocha to really pack that extra coffee punch, we recommend replacing regular ice cubes with ones loaded with coffee. Simply add some espresso into an ice tray, place it in the freezer and drop your coffee ice cubes into the blender as a substitute for ice.
2. Dairy to Be Different
If you prefer to reduce the amount of dairy in your drink, you can easily replace whole milk with a range of alternatives. Some great options include rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, and soy milk.
3. Top It Off
Don’t underestimate the power of great toppings. Whipped cream is always a classic choice, but you can add anything from crunchy nuts to brownie chunks to really personalize your frozen blended mocha and make it your own!
A Special Treat to Beat the Heat
Summer often brings with it the pleasures of being able to go outdoors and indulging in your favorite activities. However, there’s a fine line between the perfect summer day and getting roasted by the scorching sun. In cases of the latter, there’s nothing better than a sweet, caffeinated frozen treat to take the edge off the heat. With the right equipment and ingredients, it takes barely any time at all to craft a frozen blended mocha that will uplift your mood and cool you down!