Coffee is very much a mainstay on most farms. You might have seen pictures of a farmer warming his hands around a steaming hot cup of Joe. Sometimes they just hold the cup to warm up their cold fingers from milking cows or feeding livestock With farmers answering that internal early alarm going off in their head, it's nice to give the rest of the body a bit of a boost to catch up with its top part. See what happens when farmers drink coffee????
Sigh...... God Bless Sam Elliot! Well maybe it doesn't quite happen that way, but most farmers are a bit more easy-going AFTER they have had their coffee!
One of my favorite stories to tell is about a trip to the Big Town, Indianapolis, and talking to a salesperson as I check out of one of the fun stores in Indy's Circle Center Mall. She was all bummed, so I asked her what was wrong. She proceeded to lament the fact that because of construction, she had to an extra mile to find Starbucks for her daily fun coffee drink. I chuckled and told her, "Honey, I have to drive about 30 miles to get to a Starbucks store." I think it took her a while to process that horrific bit of information...... Ah,.... the list of differences between the country mouse and the city mouse just got bigger.
When I do get to visit an urban coffee shop, I have the dangedest time trying to figure out how to order what I want. I just can't pop in or go through the drive-through and say, " Hi! I would like a mochalattedoubleespressoandrealcreamtwosquirtsofmochaplease!" I'm not even sure of what I said. It's more like, "Hi, I'm not sure what the name is, but I want coffee with cream, espresso, sugar-free chocolate and hazelnut syrups......on ice please." Gah!
Now that we ladies are taking to the field, many of us are also fond of our morning java, but some of us out here like a bit more in our coffee besides, well, coffee. We are hard-pressed out here in the country to find a java roasting oasis within five miles of home. Here's my solution to this dilemma.
I have survived this most horrid gap between myself and "civilized coffee" by making my own. During six months of the year, I drink it hot, and thanks to our fickle Indiana weather, I'm just now transitioning over to the other side with iced coffee. Want to know my secret?
Here is what you will need, kind of. Base your drink on what you like. I usually use decaf instant coffee unless I really need a kick in the pants. The flavorings are all subject to the creator's tastes. Have fun with this Peeps!
I have to remind you that I am not a measuring kind of cook by nature, but let the record state I really tried to measure this all out for you who like numbers.
For this tumbler, I went with three spoonfuls of instant coffee. Tall Guy used to drink coffee, especially when he went out to milk at 4:00 in the morning during those cold months, but now the caffeine kind of messes with his sleep. I use instant because I don't need to drink a whole pot full myself.
To start putting the yummy in this drink, I add 2 spoonfuls of chocolate creamer and ......
2 spoonfuls of hazelnut creamer.
I like to shake this stuff up before pouring in the liquids.
While I'm mixing the dry parts of this potion, I'm boiling some water in the microwave. Pour about a cup over the dry ingredients, and stir.
Next, I add some ice and three secret ingredients that make this iced mocha The.Bomb.
The first ingredient will make any dairy farmer tickled pink! Yep, I put REAL CREAM in my coffee, about a 1/4 of a cup for a drink this big. It's MOOOOOrvalous!
Next, add some Skinny Syrup, English toffee flavor! YUM! Seriously Peeps! Use Amazon Prime and order what you want. Why? You will get what you want in just 2 days or less, AND more flavors are available online. I've also found that grocery stores usually do not carry the brands I like in the flavors I like. Again, gotta keep it easy-peasy!
And on those very cold or long or special mornings, I just might add a wee bit of Kahlua. Hey, it tastes better than the flavored syrup. No judging!
Fill the cup up with ice, and maybe leave a little room to pour some of your hot water left over the ice to help along the melting process. Ah..... Now I can sit back, drink my yummy iced mocha latte and watch the dark blobs out in our foggy pasture turn in to cows as they come closer to the fence.
There you have it! Easy-peasy, and I'm pretty sure it comes out cheaper than a venti or grande at you-know-where! Take this recipe below and turn it into your favorite flavored iced coffee drink!
Homemade Iced Mocha Lattes 24 oz. glass/tumbler
- 3 spoonfuls Instant coffee
- 2 spoonfuls Sugar-free chocolate creamer
- 2 spoonfuls Sugar-free Hazelnut creamer
- 1-1 1/2 Cups boiling water
- 1/4 Cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 oz. Sugar-free flavored coffee syrup
- 1 oz. (more or less) Kahlua liquor
- ice cubes
- Mix dry ingredients into the glass/tumbler. Shake around or stir together so they are mixed.
- Add boiling water, and stir together until dry ingredients are dissolved. Add a few ice cubes.
- Add cream and flavored liquids, stir, and then fill glass/tumbler with ice. You might want to pour a bit of the hot water over the ice to start the melting process. Enjoy! Substitute coffees, creamers, and liquids to suit your taste.