I have to admit a shameful secret. I used to drink frappachinos. You know the ones in the bottle at the gas station. Talk about a sugar rush. It’s not the healthiest thing in the world and not to mention the expensive. YIKES! They are around $3 each here in Ames.

It’s been quite a while since I had one. The other day I was tired, I was on the way to the office, and it was hot. I’m such a whiner. Anyway, I caved and bought one. And honestly, didn’t like it so much. It was so sweet and thick and had a funny taste to it. Maybe it’s just that since they put the local coffee shop in the gas station (they actually roast their own beans, go figure), no one has been drinking the bottled stuff. They are pretty old. Anyway, point is, I just didn’t enjoy it all that much.

What to do? My frappachino dreams were crushed. Since I’ve cut out most sugar, I just don’t have the taste buds for it anymore. I also shouldn’t be drinking that much cream. My stomach is a lot happier on local milk. Not sure what it is, maybe it’s all in my head. I don’t care at this point. I’m just going to follow my stomach.

I also wanted a way to enjoy my summer delight without spending a load of money on it. Well, easy solution: I saved my bottle. I made my own extra strong coffee, added a little honey for sweet and some milk for yum.

Here’s how to make your own cool indulgence.


1. Grab your favorite glass bottle – I used a Snapple bottle for awhile too. Use one that reseals well.
2. Fill it 2/3 full with extra coffee you have in the morning. We use a French press and brew it pretty strong, but you can brew it to your own taste.
3. Add honey to taste while it’s still hot. Put on the lid and shake.
4. Add 1/4 cup milk of your choice. Pop in the fridge and enjoy later in the day. If you want it by lunch time, chill it in the freezer.

Yum, yum! Enjoy!