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COFFEE BREAK  Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tired of watered down coffee drinks? Join the club. This summer save those big bucks you’d normally spend on iced coffee and grab a cup to go from home. The secret to ensure a sip of unadulterated pleasure is to make your own coffee ice cubes. It’s a perfect way to use up any leftover coffee at the end of the day, and this way you know quality is assured from start to finish. All you need to do is start with the best drinking water available and brew a pot of coffee. For an extra tasty money-saving idea, give these coffee-house inspired drinks a try. Before you know it, you’ll have enough dough saved to plan next year’s summer vacation.

Coffee Frappe
Serves 2

Whether you're trying to beat the heat or craving a dessert drink, this recipe will save you time waiting in line at the local coffee chain. Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar to your liking, and for a more mellow drink, substitute plain ice cubes for the coffee ones.

½ cup triple-strength coffee
¼ cup milk
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar, depending on taste
1 ½ cups coffee ice cubes

Add all ingredients to your Cuisinart blender bowl. Blend well, until frothy and ice is crushed into very fine bits, about 90 seconds. Serve immediately.

Mocha Frappe
Serves 2

½ cup triple-strength coffee
¼ cup milk
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar, depending on taste
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
1 ½ cups coffee ice cubes

Add all ingredients to your Cuisinart blender bowl. Blend well, until frothy and ice is crushed into very fine bits, about 90 seconds. Serve immediately.