My co-witches and I are fans of recreating popular food products at home, using Michigan ingredients. All you need to make Starbucks-level drinks, such as the new Iced Brown Sugar Espresso, are a few key ingredients. This combination of oat milk, brown sugar, coffee, and ice is quite delicious. Using a mason jar, that workhorse of the kitchen and craft world, you can shake up your morning routine. And, this make-at-home version will save you money and take you less than ten minutes. I love having espresso powder on hand for baking. It also comes in handy for a quick latte fix, since I don’t have a $600 espresso machine at home!
Michigan Beets Out Sugar Competition
You might not know that Michigan is a major sugar producer, but it consistently ranks in the top five producers of sugar beets in the country. According to Michigan Sugar, nearly 900 grower-owners plant and harvest about 160,000 acres of sugar beets each year in 20 Michigan counties. Those beets are sliced at the company’s factories and turned into about 1.1 billion pounds of sugar annually. Michigan Sugar, under the brand Pioneer Sugar, produces granulated sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar.
Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t find Pioneer brand brown sugar at the store, but no worries. If you don’t have brown sugar on hand, you can use molasses and regular sugar instead. That’s all that brown sugar is (the darker it is, the more molasses it has!). I happen to have an eight year old jar of molasses among my baking supplies for the odd foray into gingerbread. The stuff lasts so long and I find it adds a layer of complexity to this drink. Finally, when brown sugar goes hard on you, barring other tricks to make it pliable, you can make a simple syrup that works well in this beverage.
This Iced Brown Sugar Espresso is going to be your new favorite morning beverage and you don’t even have to leave your house – happy sipping!
- 2 tb brown sugar (I used 1.5 tb granulated Pioneer sugar and a dab of molasses)
- 1 tb espresso powder (or 1.5 tb instant coffee)
- 3 tb hot water
- 6 oz oat milk (or milk of your choice)
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Dash of cinnamon
Add the brown sugar, espresso powder and hot water to an eight ounce mason jar. Cover and shake to dissolve. Then add the oat milk and ice to the brim. Cover and shake once more and optionally top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 2g