Ever since we got our Saeco Classico and its younger sister, Aroma, I realized how easy it is to duplicate otherwise spendy beverages at home. My latest discovery is Torani Almond Roca syrup in my lattes. OH! Smart & Final has a good selection of other flavors AND the pumps, too, so you don’t have to mess with sticky bottles. Here’s some standard fare I’ve recreated at home, along with a few I concocted on my own brain power:
1. My darling and I like the matcha green tea shots at Jamba, but we don’t like the price. SO, I bought some matcha green tea at Oto’s, and now we mix the shots up ourselves. I use my Tupperware tumblers, about 4 oz. of juice (orange, pink lemonade, pomegranate, mango…), toss in a couple ice cubes, 1/2-1 tsp. of matcha green tea (that’s the powdered stuff made for tea ceremonies). Put the lid on it (make sure the seal is tight), and shake ’til well blended. I thought they were better than Jamba’s, but there was always a mess around the tea cannister. I now buy my matcha green tea wrapped individually in five gram amounts. One is 1/2 tsp., two packets make 1 tsp. Stays fresh and you can keep a stash in your purse and/or gym bag.
2. Frappucinos…yum. Smart & Final has Ghirardelli Frappe Classico, Double Chocolate and Classic White powdered mixes in a 3 lb. cannister. Follow the instructions on the can or get creative!
3. I got creative. When I have bananas that are a bit too ripe to eat right out of the peel, I peel them, wrap them in plastic wrap and toss ‘em in the freezer. When the mood strikes, I haul out the blender, pour in one cup of milk (we use Silk soy), seven(ish) ice cubes, a scoop of Double Chocolate Frappe Classico, a frozen ripe banana, and a heaping spoonful or two of Greek Gods Honey Yogurt (GGHY deserves a "Notes…" entry all for itself). You can adjust amounts to your taste. I calls ‘em Anna Banana Shakes.
4. Never freeze a banana with the peel on. Just trust me on this.
5. I would never do this, but if you don’t like chocolate (and just for fun, send me a note and tell me about your planet, and how you found my website!), get the Classic White Frappe mix and whoosh it up with blueberries or other fresh frozen fruit.
6. This isn’t cheap, but sometimes easy trumps cheap. Probably everybody knows about Jose Cuervo’s just-add-ice-margarita-in-a-bottle. I discovered it at a wedding years ago. It was my last job of a very long day hauling the doves around, and the bride insisted! Refusing would have been rude, right Michaela? The just-add-ice margarita is SO easy, not to mention the instant gratification factor, but I think it’s a bit on the potent side, because it’s designed to be whooshed up with ice. I don’t always want to have to pull out equipment, so I dilute it with pomegranate juice. Yum-oh! And pretty, too. If you want to garnish it for parties, wedge up a blood orange and let it ride the rim. For you snobs (am not…am NOT!) that insist on PatrÃ³n Gold, the JC margarita mix is just fine for instant margaritas a la PatrÃ³n!
7. I’m digressing, but for the prettiest cocktails that call for a sugared rim, buy a bag of sanding sugar. You can find it at Cake Castle or other stores that carry cake decorating items. It’s very easy (and cheap!) to color/flavor your own (ask me!). Experiment, then, brides especially, create and name a signature cocktail for your celebration!
8. I’ll be adding more as I remember them, so be sure to check back!
The Dove Lady’s definition of Hell is having sticky on her fingers and no place to wash up. And she thinks white chocolate is wrong, just wrong. In so many ways.