A simple cup of black coffee in the morning can become a staple for the hectic workweek. A daily dose of caffeine is often necessary to wake up feeling fresh, charged, and ready to handle the day ahead, but reaching for anything other than a spoonful of sugar or a dash of creamer can feel like an intimidating task first thing in the morning.
There are easy ways, though, to mix things up a little with your morning caffeine boost. Below are some of the easiest, most delicious alternatives to a simple cup of coffee, to wake your brain up and start your day off on the right foot.
- Mocha Cocoa
For those looking for a little something sweet in the morning without having to whip up a milkshake or break out the dessert foods, a Mocha Cocoa is the perfect beverage. This can be served both steaming hot with whipped cream on the top or refreshingly cold over ice.
With a hint of cocoa, some delicious brown sugar, and a drop of vanilla extract, a sip of this sweet drink is a great way to start off a busy, stressful day.
Not only is this recipe incredibly simple, the ingredients are items often found in the kitchen, so there’s no need to run to the grocery store and spend extra time or money to change things up.
The prep time for this drink is about five or six minutes and requires only a saucepan. The only steps are to heat the ingredients and whisk them in a saucepan. To prep, the coffee itself, utilize a one serve coffee maker so that no coffee is left to waste! Once the coffee is prepped, it is easy to add the ingredients and create the delicious Mocha Cocoa masterpiece.
- Gingerbread Coffee
This recipe requires a press pot, but is a truly delicious way to enjoy your coffee! Your morning cup of Joe has never been more nostalgic and reminiscent of the holiday season than with this gingerbread coffee recipe.
Prep is simple and fast, and the ingredients are easy to find and inexpensive to purchase. Other than coffee beans for the inevitable caffeine boost, the only necessary components for this recipe are some festive ground cinnamon, along with ground nutmeg, ground allspice, ground ginger, molasses, and milk.
The preparation only takes about seven or eight minutes, and this delicious steaming hot beverage can sustain the drinker for the entirety of the morning.
The only steps required for this tasty drink are to add all ingredients and water and milk into the press pot and add boiling water.
After brewing for approximately four minutes, the coffee can be poured and milk added to the drinker’s satisfaction.
Not to fear though, if you don’t own a press pot, this drink can also be prepared with a drip coffee maker! Simply brew the coffee and stir in the other ingredients. After this, strain the coffee and serve it!
- Brown Sugar and Caramel Latte
For anyone with a sweet tooth, the Brown Sugar and Caramel Latte combines two delicious tastes to create an all-new, all delicious, delectable beverage.
This recipe is a sweet and delicious alternative to the bland cup of coffee as usual in the morning. All that is needed to enjoy this wonderful treat is brown sugar, half and half, caramel, and of course coffee.
This beverage takes slightly longer to make than the two recipes listed above, but still only typically takes nine or ten minutes. It is also incredibly easy to make, for coffee lovers who aren’t necessarily baking experts or professional baristas.
First, you have to stir the brown sugar and half and half, and then whip the mixture. Next, stir the caramel sauce into a cup of coffee and add the original concoction from step one.