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My New Favorite Money Saving Drink

August 17, 2009

I’m a sucker for Starbucks. I’m proven to be more of a sucker when I look at our spending summary in our bank account and realize how much we can spend there when we’re not being careful. If I like it, my husband lives for it. No kidding – he’d drink a Venti Iced Coffee (cream, no sugar) three times a day if we won the lottery.

But, we haven’t won the lottery yet and we seriously need to tighten the purse strings now that I’ve looked at how much we’ve spent there in the past month.

I usually like a Tall Non-Fat Iced Sugar Free Vanilla Latte. Sometimes an iced chai, pumpkin spice latte in the fall or peppermint mocha in the winter. But right now while it’s hot, and iced latte is my drink of choice. So, I decided to make it myself!

Since I love it, I started brewing my normal mini pot of coffee in the morning (about 16 oz. of coffee). I don’t usually drink it all but now I am with this yumminess! After it’s brewed, I pour it into a container and set it in the fridge to get cold.  Depending how much coffee I’ve made, I do about:

  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 cups coffee (give or take – I try to basically do 1 part coffee to one part milk)
  • a splash of half and half for some extra creamy
  • 2-4 T Sugar Free Vanilla Torani syrup

{I meant to take a picture of the full cup, but it was really good and I drank most of it before I remembered.}

You could easily do fat free half and half, but that doesn’t do the trick for me.  I’d rather less regular h&h than more ff h&h. I bought the Torani syrup at my closest grocery store for bout $4.99 for a 12 serving bottle(not cheap, but cheaper than one drink for $3-5!).  By “closest” grocery store, I mean that it’s the one that we go to only when we needto run out quickly for something. It’s one of those grocery store that’s not the greatest, but does the trick when you just need to run out. So, if they had it there – you’ll probably be able to find some at your grocery store, too.

When I’m ready to drink, I have it all mixed up and ready to go in the fridge and I pour it over some ice and enjoy!

p.s. That picture in the background is my new favorite in our house. It’s my husband’s grandfather and it’s an official picture of him as a Guard at the Museum of Modern Art. We have the tie tack he’s wearing in the picture clipped onto the back of the frame for now, one of my upcoming projects is going to be to get the picture and tie tack into more of  display frame so that they can both be visible.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2009 3:33 pm

    Your packaging (the ball jar) is way cuter too!

  2. August 17, 2009 7:46 pm

    You open a stand on the streets of New York and you’ll make a million, especially with the novelty Jar !! I want one !!!

  3. August 17, 2009 9:39 pm

    I do this, too!! I brew about 16 oz of coffee each morning – I drink one cup hot, and if I don’t drink the other, I add the sugar & cream while it’s hot and then pop it into the fridge.

    Putting some of that vanilla syrup sounds yummy, though! Great idea!

  4. August 17, 2009 10:12 pm

    This sounds delish! I usually make iced coffee with my leftover morning coffee, but I think I’ll try an iced mocha later this week. Yum!

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