Happy Christmas Week!
I’ll be signing off shortly to take a week-long break for worshipping the Savior and enjoying my family.
But first, I wanted to share a super simple trick for turning a basic pot of coffee into Christmas flavored coffee!
I actually borrowed this idea from a local steak house that does something similar to create their signature cinnamon coffee. The Taste of Texas is the best steak house on the planet. If you’re ever in Houston and have a few hours to wait for a table, be sure and check them out! Or, have their amazing steaks and merchandise shipped to you from their online store!
I wasn’t paid to say any of that, btw -they’re just that good.
Okay, so coffee.
Before we get to the recipe, let’s touch base on what’s really in the store-bought flavored coffee that so many of us enjoy.
What’s In Your Flavored Coffee?
Did you know that the average flavored coffee blend from your grocery store could have as many as 80 different additives to achieve just the right Pumpkin Spice, Creme Brulee, or Irish Cream taste??
And some of the chemicals used to add flavor sound more like components of a chemistry set than ingredients on a food label – like 2, 4-Dimethyl-5-acetylthiazole or 2,5-Dimethylpyrazine, for example.
What’s worse, many of these have no long term studies to prove whether they’re safe for human consumption.
I don’t know about you, but NO.
Given the fact that Americans drink 587 million cups of coffee per day, using a few natural ingredients to add flavor and sweetness seems like a much better alternative than settling for unpronounceable compounds with unknown health consequences.
Easy DIY Christmas Coffee
So I tweaked the Taste of Texas’ cinnamon coffee recipe a bit to come up with this one-step DIY Christmas Coffee blend!
My family has enjoyed it so much, it has become a bit of a weekend tradition this holiday season.
Whether you’re hosting guests or just brewing a fresh pot of coffee for you and your family, you really should try it!
- Grounds for 12 cups of coffee
- 15 whole cloves or a pinch of ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup can substitute brown sugar
Fill the machine with water and place the grounds in the filter basket of the coffee machine as you normally would. Sprinkle the cloves and cinnamon on top of the grounds.
Place the maple syrup in the bottom of the empty carafe before seating in the machine.
Brew as usual.
Here are a few holiday treats that are great alongside a cup of this Christmas coffee!
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!