A root beer float is one of my favorite summertime treats. The combination of cold and sweet ice cream with fizzy, spicy root beer is a winner every time. Coffee drinks usually take on a blended form in the summer, but the “float” concept works extremely well with coffee and is right up there with the root beer version for me.
This drink starts with two scoops of good quality vanilla ice cream in a nice, big glass. The better your ice cream, the better your drink is going to be (in other words, save the lower fat stuff for another time). Fill the glass about halfway up with cold milk, then fill it up to the top with chilled black, coffee. Give everything a little stir with a straw and then enjoy. The ice cream adds all the sweetness that your coffee will need and will still keep the drink very refreshing. You don’t need to add any milk and could use all coffee if you really wanted to, but adding that milk highlights the creaminess of the ice cream wonderfully.
This could be a dessert drink, but it is something that I usually prefer to enjoy on a lazy weekend afternoon when I’m sitting outside enjoying the summer weather. I always prefer to use vanilla ice cream (it’s a classic for a float!), but chocolate actually works just as well in this type of drink.
You probably don’t take a container of milk or creamer with you wherever you go, but if you are a coffee (or tea) lover you will probably encounter coffee-drinking opportunities on a regular basis. Sure, it is easy to get the drink you want at a coffee shop, but it isn’t so easy at a fast food joint or restaurant that only offers tiny half-n-half containers alongside that steaming mug of freshly brewed coffee. I will drink my coffee black if there are no good cream options (actually, I drink it black most of the time if the coffee is good), but I find the Xtra Cream Container very appealing all the same. The container is like a super-sized creamer – and it actually holds more than 2 teaspoons of liquid. It has a resealable lid and travels well, so you can take the dairy or nondairy of your choice with you and will always be prepared to take your coffee as you like it.
And, to be honest, it also makes a neat candy dish for the desktop of a coffee loving friend. I have yet to meet a coffee drinker who hasn’t at least cracked a little smile after seeing it!
When I was a kid, my favorite thing about Easter was the candy – especially gooey and sweet Cadbury Creme Eggs. Even now I can’t resist buying a package around Easter, although I will freely admit that I can’t eat them like I used too because I find them to be a little on the sweet side. This sweetness is not a bad thing, however, as it opens the door for other culinary uses for the chocolate eggs. For instance, you can make a Cadbury Creme Egg Pie with a whole batch of them. Or, you can turn it into a handy way to sweeten your coffee.
Cadbury Creme Egg Coffee is exactly what it sounds like: coffee sweetened with a Cadbury Creme Egg. All you need to do is dissolve a whole, large egg into a hot mug of freshly brewed coffee. The egg adds a nice sweetness and a hint of chocolate without much effort at all. I prefer using the Cadbury Caramel Eggs, which add a subtler sweetness and give the coffee a caramel-latte feel. You don’t need to add milk or cream to the coffee after adding the egg, although a little bit of whipped cream makes the coffee look quite festive if you plan to serve this around Easter.
When passover comes around, there is a different kosher standard for those who observe the holiday to follow and the Chicago Rabbinical Council recently issued a statement warning that consumers should be careful about what they order to drink at their local Starbucks. This seems like it wouldn’t be that difficult to do, but you might be surprised at how many people don’t really know what is used to make their coffee drinks, whether it is syrups, flavored powders, creamers or even milk. It is worth being extra vigilant if you are being strict about something like the Passover guidelines, or have a strict diet to follow in the first place.
The Rabbinical Council offers these guidelines to consumers, and while they seem particularly concerned with Starbucks, these guidelines might even be more helpful at other coffee shops that aren’t as standardized as Starbucks stores:
- Espresso: Ask that it be prepared in a disposable cup rather than a reusable shot glass.
- Flavored syrups: Check specific flavor for kosher certification (many are).
- Frappuccino: Not recommended.
- Hot chocolate: Not recommended.
- Iced coffee: Not recommended.
- Iced latte: Request preparation in a disposable cup.
- Iced tea: Not recommended.
- Latte/cappuccino: Not recommended.
- Lemonade: Not recommended.
- Cold milk: Recommended.
- Steamed milk: Not recommended
- Smoothie: Not recommended
- Soy milk: Recommended
- Hot tea: Check specific flavor for kosher certification.