Hello! It was in the fifties yesterday! In Minnesota! Say what?
If you live in a cooler climate like me, you know what happens on the first day that it’s above 40. The guys put on their shorts. The gals break out their tank tops. And EVERYONE is wearing flip flops. 😀
I’m really getting in the mood for spring now, but I have a sneaking suspicion that March will end up being really snowy and icy. That is just the way things are in Minnesota.
As we get ever closer to Valentine’s day it’s almost a rule that we have to eat something either chocolatey or red. And while I know you might all be craving some chocolate-dipped tomatoes 😉 how about a delicious coffee drink instead?
What more could you want?
I can’t think of a person who doesn’t like chocolate-covered strawberries, so why not replicate that flavor in a mocha? And remember you can also feel free to put mounds of whip cream over this mocha too. I just wanted to show you the red color.
Now, if you’re not really hip on eating too much food coloring, you can totally skip it and just add the strawberry syrup. Depending on what brand of syrup you use it might give you a little red tinge anyway. I personally don’t care to eat too much food coloring myself, but hey, it’s a special occasion. Let’s throw caution to the wind and get festive!
And of course since you’re concocting this drink yourself, feel free to make it as sweet and strawberryish as you want. No rules!
- 16 ounces milk of your choice
- 2-4 shots of espresso, depending on strength preference
- 2 shots of strawberry flavoring, or to taste
- A few drops of red food coloring
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the milk until it is very hot.
- Meanwhile, make the espresso in a small stove top espresso percolator or with your espresso machine.
- When the milk is hot and the espresso is ready, divide the espresso into two coffee mugs. Add in the syrup and stir.
- Top with an equal amount of milk in each mug, and stir until combined.
- Add a few drops of food coloring, stir, and serve.