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I've been embracing Summer this year, even though I tend not to be an "extreme heat" person. Oh, by the way... to me, extreme heat is ANYTHING over 89 degrees. lol
On the hottest days, I tend to loath going anywhere but the pool. Mostly because its the only appropriate place that you can be half naked, without getting strange or disapproving stares.
It's true... just trust me. Nobody wants to see ALLLL of that at Costco, no matter how great you think you look.
So when I KNOW I have to go out and run errands in the heat, I prepare myself with one of my favorite, cold, energy-filled, Summery drinks. Iced Crio Bru!
Crio Bru is a coffee alternative, that I typically drink hot, but in the Summer time, it's AWESOME brewed and cold too! It's made from premium cocoa beans that are 100% natural, filled with antioxidants, minerals and theobromine (a natural energy stimulate, that unlike caffeine, doesn't make you jittery). It's low in calories, carbs, and has no fat, sugar, sodium or gluten... until I add it, of course. HA!
Because you can't get this drink at any coffee house (yet), I always make it at home, and prepare extra so I can keep it in the fridge.
Here's how I make it:
- French Press (or coffee maker)
- Boiling Water
- Crio Bru (there are lots of different varieties)
- Almond Milk
- Coconut Sugar
- Whipped Cream
- Insulated Comfort Cup® by Chinet®
Crio Bru is a ground cocoa bean, so I just keep mine in an air tight container I picked up at Ikea.
I put two scoops (scooper comes with the Crio Bru) of grounds into my french press, enough boiling water to fill my press almost to the top, and then stir everything really well with a spoon. Then I place my lid press just gently onto the surface, to keep in the heat in, while it is brewing. Wait at least 10 minutes for everything to brew well, before pushing the press down to extract all the grounds.
I do this process 2 or 3 times, depending on how much I want to store in the fridge for later.
After I've got my Crio Bru in a pitcher, I add some plain almond milk (flavored is awesome too!) and about 2-3 tablespoons of coconut sugar, to each batch. I swear, it's the only sweetener I like in this drink. It's the perfect flavor!
Mix it all up, and grab your cup!
I love to use the Comfort Cup® by Chinet® when I'm running around doing errands. They're the perfect size, come with secure lids, keep my drink cold for a LONG time, and are disposable so I can throw them away when I'm done. This is great for me, because I hate having to clean out a gross reusable mug after it's been sitting in my hot car all day. blahhk
I fill my cup full of ice, pour my sweetened and creamed Crio Bru over the top, finish everything with a small tower of whipped cream, add a lid, and DONE!
Ca-razy yummy, full of natural energy, plus super cold and refreshing!
You gotta try it guys. It's the perfect coffee alternative and SO great for hot Summer days when shopping or even just hanging out at the pool. YUM!
I hope everyones having a happy, safe Summer!