As the cold winter days start to fade into the hopeful first days of the early spring, people are usually ready to embrace the change. For coffee lovers, this means transitioning away from the soul-warming, creamy blends of the winter and into lighter, fresher beverages.
If you're looking for a new spring coffee drink to make at home this season, you're in luck. Here are five coffee drink recipes you should try this spring.
Chai Tea Coffee
A chai tea coffee is the simplest recipe on the list. It offers the warmth and spice you need to get through the cooler days, but with a light airiness that makes it perfect for spring.
For this recipe, you will need,
Making this beverage is really simple. You make the tea, then use that to make your coffee in a French Press or using the pour-over method. Add a dash of cinnamon to enhance the flavors.
Floral-infused coffee is going to be a big hit this spring. For a lavender latte, you will need:
- 1 Tbsp Lavender syrup (DIY or pre-made like these ones)
- 1/2 cup whole milk or non-dairy alternative
- 1 cup dark roast coffee
Brew the coffee and add the syrup, adjusting the amount to suit your tastes. Warm and froth your milk on the stove or using the jar method. Gently pour the milk onto the coffee and sprinkle with dried lavender to be fancy.
Iced Grapefruit Americano
This spring-ready drink has a bit of zip to it. The iced americano is the perfect iced coffee beverage for those who like a little more kick. For this recipe, you will need:
- enough espresso for a 1:2 ratio with water
- unflavored soda water
- 1 tsp grapefruit juice
- 1 tsp grapefruit zest
- ice cubes
You can make espresso at home using a French press. If you're making a 14oz drink, you'll want 2oz of espresso. Add the espresso to your cup, followed by cold soda water. Leave room for ice at the top. Add your grapefruit juice and zest, then top with ice.
Rosewater Pistachio Bulletproof Latte
The Rosewater Pistachio Bulletproof Latte is creamy and decadent with spring-inspired flavors. This is the perfect drink for the transition period between seasons. For this DIY coffee drink, you will need:
- 1 Tbsp Pistachio butter (you can DIY this)
- 3oz Rosewater (you can DIY this)
- 1-2oz Espresso
- 3oz Milk
- Honey to taste
Put the butter in the bottom of your cup and pour the espresso overtop. Add in the rose water. Steam and froth your milk, then layer it on top of your beverage. Add a drizzle of honey to bring the flavors together.
For an extra frothy beverage, add your butter, and espresso to a blender first. Be careful when using hot espresso in a blender.
Raspberry Chocolate Coffee Smoothie
If you like frappuccinos, you'll love this DIY raspberry chocolate coffee smoothie recipe. Note that this is a coffee drink, not a health smoothie, though it has the makings of a great breakfast drink.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 cup dark roast coffee, chilled
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup milk of your choice
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder or dark chocolate bits
Add the ingredients to a blender and mix. This is a decadent beverage that tastes like dessert. If you find it too tart, you can add a bit of honey to lighten up the flavors.
By Ashley Lipman