Most of the time, I don’t want you to mess with my coffee. I want it hot. And black. Don’t put anything weirdo in it.
You won’t find me at Starbucks ordering a tall mochachino latte double frapp decaf vanilla flave. Huh? What is that mess anyway? IT’S NOT COFFEE. You’ll find me in line at McDonald’s ordering a large coffee for $1. Yea, I like McDonald’s coffee – so shoot me.
But this latte, this is different…it’s like dessert, but liquid. Liquid dessert. It flows down your throat like a dream. You’ll close your eyes and savor each sip. It’s THAT good.
You’ll tell your kids to “run along now – coffee is for adults only.” Silly rabbit – lattes are for mommies.
If you drink coffee, you’ll likely have everything you need to make this: brewed coffee, milk, stevia, honey, vanilla, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. So, I imagine when you’re done reading it, you’ll head right to the kitchen to make a batch – and who can blame you…it’s Christmas after all. And what you drink standing up doesn’t count. Unless it’s liquor…then it counts. If you drink a lot of liquor standing up, you’ll still get smashed.
This is easy and cheap to make – so you won’t need Starbucks anymore. I hate to put them out of business, but really…they’re expensive. And I’m not. Make your own coffee and keep your own Fivebucks.
You’ll need very strong coffee for this recipe. I used my French Press because I can make really strong coffee in it – and also because I broke the carafe to my other coffee maker. Carafes should be made from industrial strength stainless steel. Or I need carafe insurance – one of those.
Rest in peace carafe # 23492837423.
This stays in your crock pot on high for two hours…but the beautiful thing is, you can turn it down to warm and keep it in there for several more hours.
As you can see, it barely fit in my 2 quart crock – but I didn’t want to use my 4 quart. Why? Well, because I wanted it to look like I had a LOT of latte…I was tricking my brain. Seemed like a bigger treat to me – that’s how my mind works.
I imagine this would be fabulous to fix up and keep warm on Christmas morning while you’re having festivities with your family. You can double it and use a bigger crock if you need too…and from talking to some of you, you’ll need PLENTY of coffee, if you catch my drift. Hide the liquor. HA! Okay, come on…you know that was funny.
And for the record, I don’t drink…I just like to make jokes about it. That’s how I roll.
Crock Pot Honey Spiced Latte
4 cups strongly brewed coffee
4 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Liquid stevia to taste (I used 32 drops, but I like my lattes sweet)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Whipped cream and cinnamon sticks, optional
Pour brewed coffee and milk in a 2-3 quart crock pot. Stir. Add honey, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Whisk lightly so you don’t make a mess all over the counter. *Cough*
Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. Turn to warm and keep warm for 2-3 more hours. Serve with whipped cream and cinnamon sticks if desired.
Yield: 8 cups latte