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Mochas At Home

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I’ve had a lot of requests recently for recipes for the homemade mochas I’ve been making for myself—namely, a spiced “Aztec” mocha and a peppermint mocha. The process is exactly the same for both, so first I’ll give you the ingredients and then move on to the instructions.

Aztec Mocha
2 tablespoons DAGOBA Organic Xocolatl Drinking Chocolate with Chilies & Cinnamon
Almond milk
1-2 shots of espresso

Peppermint Mocha
2-3 tablespoons Trader Joe’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Almond milk
1-2 shots of espresso

I personally use a Capresso milk steamer (seriously use it all the time!!), but if you don’t have a milk steamer, you can easily do this on the stove in a pot. Simply add all of the ingredients and heat!

NOTE: no way to make espresso at home? Strong coffee works just fine! In both of the recipes, there should be 3/4 milk and cocoa and 1/4 espresso or coffee, but the ultimate ratio is up to you!

Do you ever make fancy coffee drinks at home? If so, what do you make? I need ideas :)

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  • laura @ Write About It
    December 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Both of these sound delicious! I love making warm drinks in the winter. Makes me feel so cozy

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 26, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Agreed!! And it’s cheaper and faster than going out to a coffee shop.

  • Leslie
    December 26, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Yum! That Aztec mocha sounds amazing. I love having a maple latte or cappuccino a lot of mornings, it’s my favorite. Soy/almond milk, espresso, a little maple syrup plus a little maple extract.

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 26, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      The Aztec mocha is a dream if you’re one who likes Mexican hot chocolate and are okay with some spice in your coffee. Also, that maple latte sounds AMAZING. Totally going to try that!!

  • Jamie
    December 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Yummy! I have got to try these at home, but need an espresso machine now. My milk frother is my best friend and I use it all the time to make tea lattes.

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      I just bought the Nespresso Essenza (this one: http://bit.ly/1abPqbD) a few months ago and I LOVE it. Super easy and really delicious espresso. I definitely recommend it, especially if you already have a milk frother.

  • Ashlee
    December 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I was THIS CLOSE to asking for an espresso maker for Christmas, but didn’t have time to do any research. Thanks for sharing what works for you! My starbucks habit is getting a little expensive so I might need to finally take the leap in 2014 and start making fancy drinks myself ;)

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 29, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      A girl after my own heart—I’m a major purchase-researcher, too! The Nespresso machines are truly amazing. The Essenza is really bare-bones, but also the cheapest (and the only one COSTCO was selling, haha). If you have more wiggle room with funds, I’ve heard that the Pixie is really worth the money. Best of luck in your hunt for the perfect espresso machine—homemade lattes really are the best :)

  • Gina
    December 29, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    these sound delicious. I need to find that drinking chocolate asap. Thanks for sharing these ideas.
    Happy New Year, Natalie!
    XO, Gina

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Yes, do it!! It’s so, so good with espresso :)