Book Recipe

Bookish Recipe: Pumpkin Mocha Breve from Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl

“What is this?” She leaned over the cup and took a breath.
“My own concoction- Pumpkin Mocha Breve, light on the mocha. Don’t try to order it from anyone else; it’ll never turn out the same.”

Fun facts!

  • I don’t drink coffee very often. Nor do I know how to make coffee. (We’re getting rid of our Keurig at work and replacing it with a coffee pot, you guys, and I’M PANICKING.)
  • hate cooking/baking with coffee because the strength of the coffee can completely make or break the recipe. I’ve ruined many a recipe because of this.
  • hate cooking/baking with tea because, well, the exact same reason.

So naturally, while rereading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I decided to recreate one of Levi’s Starbucks creations.

Smart. So smart.

But you guys? I was successful. I feel like a barista.

(Which is saying something because I once worked in a coffee shop and, well, I sucked.)

Screen Shot 2017-10-22 at 3.15.14 PM

Look. At that. Majesty. That whipped cream on the top? It’s chai-flavored.

I know.

I got the recipe from Emma Likes Books and I swear, forget Starbucks. (Don’t tell Starbucks I said that, they finally made me a Gold Star member. Whatever the hell that means.) It tastes exactly like something you’d buy at a gourmet coffee shop. It’s sweet and autumn-y and creamy and perfect. And if I can make it? So can you.

I warn you, it does take a while to put together but:
1) Once you make it the first time, you’ll have the pieces to make it again and it will take you a lot less time. And trust me. You’ll want it again. (I read the recipe and thought, “How the hell am I going to use all this stuff within just two weeks?” Not asking that question anymore.)
2) Still thinking it’s too much? Try this Pumpkin Mocha Breve tea blend from Adagio teas instead. It’s obviously lighter and more subtle and, well, not coffee but it’s still lovely. And try the Levi blend while you’re at it. I’ve had both and they’re wonderful.

I usually leave tips here for making the recipe more successful but I actually don’t need to this time. Emma Likes Books covers it all.

In summation, it’s really friggin’ hot here in New Jersey but I’ll be recreating this drink a lot in the next few weeks. It’s worth sweating over.

Enjoy, my friends!

Tea Review, Uncategorized

Tea Talk: Decaf Hazelnut Cinnamon Creme from Adagio

Screen Shot 2017-09-16 at 1.04.35 PM

Are you guys ready for my first five-star review?

Because IT’S HERE.

5.png

The tea in that lovely cup above is Adagio’s Decaf Hazelnut Cinnamon Creme. Isn’t that color beautiful? I may have gasped a little.

Anecdote time. There’s a tea house in the next town over that has pretty much an entire menu of tea. The first time I went, I tried a tea called Pralines & Creme. I fell head over heels in love with this tea and every single time I went back, I ordered it again and again.

Until one day when they said, “Oh, I’m sorry, we’re out of that.”

And then the next time I went, it was off the menu completely. My heart broke and I’m not exaggerating when I say that I google ‘pralines & cream tea’ about once every thirty seconds.

This tea? Tastes so similar to that tea that I once fell in love with. The only thing is, this tea is better. First of all, the moment you pour it into your cup, the aroma that hits you is so lovely and wonderful and reminiscent of a low-key café. You get that scent of hazelnut immediately and I can’t begin to express how comforting of a smell that is.

Sometimes, you smell something before you taste it and the taste is kind of a let-down. Not the case here. It’s so full-bodied and rich and you really get every note of every ingredient promised in the title. Speaking of which, I take my tea with nothing. No sugar, no milk, no cream, nothing. And yet, this tea had such a creamy consistency that I may have been hugging my cup the entire time I was drinking it.

Not to put down bagged tea but this loose leaf was so flavorful and inviting that I realized, in my laziness and my reliance on bagged tea, I had forgotten why I loved tea in the first place. This tea reminded me the moment I opened the bag, took in that hazelnut scent, and saw the pop of yellow in the marigold leaves sitting in my tea. Beautiful to look at and heaven to drink, this tea will absolutely become a staple in my home.

Have I waxed poetic enough? Honestly, I can’t recommend this tea enough. Adagio has a really awesome subscription plan where you can choose your favorite teas and they will automatically send them to you. To ensure I never run out of this tea again, I may have to subscribe.

What are we drinking today, my friends? Share it here and don’t forget to:

  1. Check out Adagio, especially their fandom blends. They’re amazing.
    and
  2. Enter my giveaway on Instagram! You’ve got about a month to enter!