No offense to the official flavor of fall, but pumpkin spice everything is getting a little tired, no? I could get on board with the cereal. But I draw the line at pumpkin spice chewing gum. Even Starbucks’ PSL just isn’t hitting the right notes these days and frankly tastes more artificial than delightful (there, I said it).
But plain java is, well, plain. So imagine my delight when I came across a video on Instagram that had some tantalizing tips for spicing up a cup of Joe using ingredients I already had at home.
In the video, cookbook author and mom of three Caroline Chambers shouts out to “all the other moms out there” who only manage one sip of hot coffee or tea before being pulled away to deal with a screaming child. Rather than tossing the now-cold beverage, she has a genius little recipe that will revive your brew.
First you grab a jar, fill it with ice and add your “dead coffee.” Next she says to add “a scotch of maple syrup, a tinch of vanilla extract, a little pitty pat of cinnamon," noting that if you’re a pumpkin spice person you could add that in instead (not for me, thank you very much). Shake it up and you’ve got yourself a nice little afternoon treat.