Sip & Save with Refreshing Iced Tea

A simple idea that can save you more than $1,000 per year – custom brewing your own iced tea at home versus buying it ready-made or at a café.

The Capresso Iced Tea Maker makes it easy to brew a refreshing pitcher of iced tea at the touch of a button, into a beautiful glass pitcher for serving and storing in the fridge.  Flavor enhancer adjusts brew strength from mild to strong, and removable permanent filter accommodates loose tea or tea bags.

How much can you save?  Check out this chart based on the average iced tea drinker who enjoys 2 servings per day:

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Green Plum Iced Tea

We love experimenting with different flavors, and we recently discovered Korean green plum syrup, which adds a mildly sweet and sour tang to our Iced Tea.

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Ingredients:

8-10 tea bags

¼ cup syrup, we like Ottogi-Cooking-Plum-Extract (found in Asian markets or Amazon)

Fill the pitcher with ice. Add a ¼ cup of plum syrup to the pitcher.  Fill the water tank with fresh cold water, and place 8-10 tea bags (or your desired portion of loose tea) to the filter basket. Push the brew button, and allow the tea to brew.

Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea goes by many other names including pearl milk tea, or tapioca tea. This sweet tea-based beverage, featuring the distinctive tapioca balls and a foamy layer on top, became a worldwide sensation after emerging as a beverage in Taiwan in the ‘80s. Since then, it has inspired the creation of many different varieties of bubble tea, including those made with Matcha, fresh fruit or jelly, then served, chilled, frothed, blended into smoothies and even hot.

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Here’s our version made in the Capresso Iced Tea Maker:

Ingredients

4 tbsp of loose tea leaves (or 8-10 tea bags)

¼ cup of boba tapioca pearls

Sweetener, to taste (honey, agave, etc.)

Milk, to taste (can use your choice of dairy or non-dairy milk)

Fill the water reservoir of the Ice Tea Maker.  Place tea in the filter basket.  Fill pitcher with ice and insert the pitcher to start brewing.

While the tea is brewing, bring a pot of water to a boil on the stovetop.  Once the water is at a rolling boil, pour in ¼ cup of boba tapioca pearls and cook for five minutes.  Then, drain and rinse the pearls.

 

Now, we’re ready to make the tea:

Place pearls in the bottom of a glass

Add sweetener of choice

Add ice cubes

Pour ice tea, leaving room on top for milk

Add milk

Stir and enjoy!

 

Bourbon Milk Punch

Bourbon is enjoying a delicious revival.  With its varied flavors and American heritage, it can add something special to a celebration, a party, or a quiet evening at home.  Join in on the revival and start exploring this flavorful whiskey that can be enjoyed straight or on the rocks, or mixed into a flavorful cocktail.

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8 oz Milk

2 tsp Powdered sugar (for a sweeter drink add to taste)

1.5 oz Bourbon (we like Maker’s Mark)

Fresh nutmeg

Firmly snap the frothing disk into the bottom of the froth Select stainless steel pitcher.  Pour milk into pitcher and set the dial to “COLD” froth.  Press the button.  Add powdered sugar and then bourbon.  While frothing, grate in a little fresh nutmeg.   Frother will automatically stop when finished. Pour beverage into chilled glass with an oversized ice cube.

Creative Cocktails with Coffee & Tea

Unleash your creativity by creating cocktails with coffee, tea and more.  Here are some of our favorite tasty drinks to celebrate World Cocktail Day (May 13th) or any day.  Cheers!

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Iced Kahlúa Cappuccino

Frozen Coffee

Frothy Hot Butterscotch Cocktail with Oat Milk

Brazilian Hot Chocolate

Mocha Almond Joy Milkshake

Creamsicle Frothed Cocktail

John Daly

Pom Tea Martini

Green Tea Sangria

Green Tea Mojito

Green Tea & Champagne Cocktail

 

Easy Whipped Coffee

Easy Whipped Coffee

Dalgona, or whipped coffee, has quickly become an internet sensation.  Here we share our version of this intoxicatingly sweet coffee foam with the froth Select or any Capresso automatic milk frother. Using your favorite milk or non-dairy milk as a base, you’ll create a beautifully prepared whipped coffee beverage that is definitely social media worthy!

Ingredients

Serves 1

2 oz. espresso

2 tsp sugar

1 cup milk, dairy or non-dairy

Place the brewed espresso and sugar in the froth Select with the frothing disk placed in the bottom of pitcher.  Turn the selector dial to Cold Froth.  Press the selector dial and the frothing will start automatically and illuminate in blue.  When finished, it will stop automatically. Pour on top of your favorite milk or non-dairy milk.

John Daly

A delicious combination of fresh-brewed tea, rosemary and your favorite vodka, we’re using the Iced Tea Maker to make our version this refreshing John Daly recipe. Check out how we make this perfect crowd pleasing cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8 black tea bags
  • Vodka
  • Lemon and rosemary for garnish

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Directions:

  1. Fill pitcher with ice to the ice level marking and place pitcher with lid onto the machine.
  2. Add tea bags to the brew basket and close lid.
  3. Turn on machine and let brew.
  4. After brewing, pour tea into glass with 2-ounces vodka.
  5. Garnish with lemon and rosemary.

Frothy Hot Butterscotch Cocktail with Oat Milk

If you love spiked hot chocolate, this butterscotch spin on the favorite beverage will dazzle your taste buds. Plus, the dessert cocktail will warm you up in a jiffy!

Recipe and photographs courtesy of Amy Gorin at http://www.amydgorin.com/

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 fun size Butterfinger, crushed
  • 2 Tablespoons butterscotch chips
  • 1 Tablespoon white chocolate chips
  • 9 ounces oat milk, divided*
  • 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce dark rum

*For best results, use a barista and/or refrigerated oat milk.

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Directions:

Pour 1 ounce of oat milk onto a small rimmed plate. Dip a martini glass into milk, rotating it through the liquid so about a quarter inch of the rim is moistened. Place crushed Butterfinger on a separate small rimmed plate; coat the outer lip of the martini glass with the crushed candy. Repeat this process with a second martini glass; discard any flakes of candy that have fallen into the glasses. Place butterscotch and chocolate chips in a small bowl; set aside. Using the heating disk of the Capresso froth Select Automatic Milk Frother, pour remaining oat milk, including remainder of milk on the plate, into the frothing pitcher; secure frother lid on top of pitcher. Turn the selector dial to the “CHOC” function; press the dial. Once the dial light begins to blink, remove frother lid and slowly add in butterscotch and chocolate chips. Replace lid; wait for the frother to automatically shut off. Pour alcohol directly into the frothing pitcher. Then pour mixture into martini glasses, and enjoy!

Makes 2 drinks.

Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 270 Fat: 7 g Sat fat: 4.5 g Pro: 3 g Carbs: 33 g Sugar: 23 g Fiber: 1 g Chol: 0 mg Sod: 100 mg

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Cinnamon Roll Casserole? Sign us up! We’re using the Cool Grind to make this easy recipe, perfect for weekend mornings.  

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Ingredients:

4 (8-ounce) crescent roll sheet tubes

1 cup sugar

¼ cup cinnamon

1 stick salted butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F degrees and lightly coat a 9×13 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place cinnamon sticks in Capresso Blade Grinder and grind until a fine powder forms.
  3. Unroll crescent roll sheets.
  4. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon (dividing the sugar and cinnamon amongst all four sheets).
  5. Roll the sheets up.
  6. Cut into 6-8 pieces.
  7. Place the rolls in the 9×13 inch casserole pan and pour melted butter on top.
  8. Bake at 375°F degrees for 10-15 minutes.