Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How to Make a Cafe Mocha at Home {Drink Recipe}

Two years ago, I shared a post on how to make the perfect cafe mocha. It's one of my older posts that gets Pinned quite a bit, but Starbucks sadly quit selling their mocha mix. I wanted to do an update today! I was a little sad cranky devastated there for awhile, until I decided to come up with my own mocha mix recipe. I played around with staple pantry ingredients, and was pleased to come up with a Cafe Mocha Recipe that you can make on your own at home...without purchasing pricey store mixes or syrups!
How to Make a Cafe Mocha at Home (pantry ingredients) from Serenity Now

I'll be reusing some of the photos from the old recipe post because the steps haven't really changed...just the ingredients for the mocha part. As I said before, even if you're not a caffeine fan, it's cool to be able to mix up fun and fancy espresso drinks for guests. And places like Wal-Mart and Target sell very inexpensive espresso makers...you can easily make up for the expense by making your drinks at home versus spending money at the coffee shop three times a week!

Ingredients for your Cafe Mocha:
Homemade Cafe Mocha Drink Recipe, from Serenity Now blog

-1 Tablespoon Hershey's Naturally Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (on every baking aisle)
-1 Tablespoon Sugar
-Dash of salt
-Espresso Roast (Regular or Decaf) **This is NOT the same as regular coffee! You really do need espresso to make a real cafe mocha/espresso drink!**
- 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of Milk (skim, 2%, or whole-- it's your call)
- 1 Tablespoon Flavored Syrup (optional)

Recipe Instructions:

1. Combine the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in your mug and add 2 Tablespoons of hot water. Stir until dissolved...it makes a syrup. Set mug aside.
This is not the same as pouring Hershey's chocolate syrup in with your coffee. This recipe is really more of what you'd order at a coffee shop.
Homemade Cafe Mocha Drink Recipe, from Serenity Now blog

2. Measure out your espresso roast. For one serving, I usually fill it to the 2 or 4 line...sometimes less if I want to water down my caffeine intake if I don't have the decaf roast on hand.
Homemade Cafe Mocha Drink Recipe, from Serenity Now blog

3. When your espresso is finished brewing according to the machine instructions, you can pour about half of it into your mug and stir really well. If you don't want to steam your milk, you can add the milk at this point and just microwave to the temperature you want it to be (I've had to do this since my steam application broke).
Homemade Cafe Mocha Drink Recipe, from Serenity Now blog

4. For a small to medium size mug, you'll want to measure out about 1/2 cup of milk. I do 3/4 cup for really big mugs. You can use a measuring cup to froth your milk like I am here, or a frothing mug. I picked a frothing mug up from IKEA for about $6. I prefer skim milk, but I've been using whole milk because that's what my kids drink. Almond milk and soy milk are also delicious alternatives!
Homemade Cafe Mocha Drink Recipe, from Serenity Now blog

5. Place the cup of milk under the frothing tip, making sure it doesn't touch the bottom of your cup. Slowly turn the steam application on and watch your milk steam!
How to Froth/Steam Milk for a Cafe Mocha, from Serenity Now blog

6. Add your milk and then the rest of the espresso to the mug and stir well. You can also add in a Tablespoon of flavored syrup for an extra punch of flavor. Torani's peppermint or sugar-free raspberry are my faves.
Homemade Cafe Mocha Drink Recipe, from Serenity Now blog

7. Top the whole thing off with some whipped cream and Hershey's chocolate syrup. Caramel can be fun too. It makes such a pretty drink!
Homemade Cafe Mocha Drink Recipe, from Serenity Now blog

If you're a coffee shop addict, you really can save a lot of money by making your own espresso drinks at home! I'm so glad I remembered to post this update--no more buying mixes from the coffee shop. You can make your own mocha mix with pantry staples!

I play around with the amount of sugar I add in mine (usually a bit less than what the recipe calls for). It's fun to create custom drinks at play dates and get-togethers. I've loaded up all my coffee stuff and played barrista at brunches before...it adds a nice touch to a Book Club or Movie Night In.

What's your favorite coffee or espresso beverage?

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  1. mmmmm, looks so yummy! My fave is just plain ol' cappuccino. Love all the froth.

  2. Sounds great! I've tried something similar, but with regular coffee. The espresso maker is too much trouble to clean. :)

  3. Hey girl! Just tried to leave you a comment but couldn't get it to go through--please forgive if this is a duplicate. Just wanted to thank you for posting a recipe that's NOT dependent on a mix. This looks delicious!

  4. Oh how I wish I had an espresso maker, this is making my mouth water. I think if i had to pick between food and fancy starbucks beverages I'd pick the beverages...yum!

  5. So glad I came across this. I'm a total Starbucks addict but that's obviously too expensive so can't wait to try this at home! Love!

  6. Sounds so good! Definitely trying out this recipe!!

    ~Sarah Lynn's Sweets

  7. Yum! This sounds perfect and simple enough to make every day. What espresso machine do you have/recomend?

  8. Hi Amanda, love your cafĂ© mocha recipe! By the way, Starbucks is once again selling their mocha powder – you can find it on the Starbucks online store...

  9. Just made this recipe but used xylitol instead of sugar and almond milk instead of regular milk. Its not very sweet but i like it! I also like black coffee with one sweet and low in it so..But i also wanted to say I LOVE your mug!


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