“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.”
- 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.)
- I 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.
- I 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.)
Look. At that. Majesty. That whipped cream on the top? It’s chai-flavored.
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!