Flavored Coffee Recipes

Flavored coffees can be expensive in grocery or gourmet stores, but with these recipes you can make your own easily and inexpensively. These mixes also make wonderful holiday gifts.

Do you love all those fancy coffees you see in the grocery and gourmet food stores, but don't love the high prices? Well, you don't have to pass up your favorite caffeine rush! You can make your own flavored coffees easily and inexpensively. Below are several recipes and suggestions on how to spice up standard old instant coffee.

The easiest way to add a punch of flavor to your coffee is by adding flavored extracts. Search for your favorite flavors of extracts in the spice section of your grocery store. Some good ones to try are raspberry, almond, lemon, vanilla, and cherry nut. Just add a dash to your cup of coffee, stir, and enjoy.

Or try making your own flavored coffee mixes. Combine a teaspoon or two of the mixes below with a mug of hot water and enjoy your very own flavored coffees:

Bavarian Mint Coffee

2/3 cup instant coffee

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon dried mint leaves

2/3 cup non-dairy creamer

Café L'Orange

2/3 cup instant coffee

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon crushed dried orange peel

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Cinnamon and Spice Coffee

2/3 cup instant coffee

1 1/3 cup sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon allspice

Brown Sugar Delight

1 cup instant coffee

1 cup non-dairy creamer

1 cup brown sugar

Swiss Mocha

1 cup instant coffee

1 cup sugar

2 cups nonfat dry milk

4 teaspoons cocoa powder

Café Mocha

2/3 cup instant coffee

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 cup non-dairy creamer

¼ cup nonfat dry milk

All of the above mixes can be premixed and stored indefinitely.

These mixes make wonderful, inexpensive holiday gifts. Include them in a coffee lover's theme basket! Package the mix along with a hand-lettered recipe in a jar or pretty bag. Other items for a coffee lover's basket might include a coffee mug, tea cookies and other treats, a nice book or magazines to enjoy during coffee breaks, flavored creamers and coffee stirrers.

If your gift basket recipient loves both coffee AND chocolate, chocolate covered coffee spoons are an extra special treat you can include in your basket. Here's how you can make your own:

Supplies & Ingredients

Heavy plastic spoons (look for the holiday red and green ones!)

Milk chocolate

White chocolate

Chocolate sprinkles or colored sugar


In the microwave or on the stove, melt half of the white chocolate in one container and half of the milk chocolate in another container. Dip half of your spoons in the white chocolate and the other half in the milk chocolate. Dip them to the base of the spoon's bowl. Place on wax paper and allow them to dry completely.

When dry, melt the remaining white and milk chocolate in separate containers as before. This time, alternate the dipping pattern. Dip the white chocolate spoons in the milk chocolate and vise versa. Dip them only halfway up the spoon's bowl to create a pretty, layered effect. Place them back on the wax paper.

Once the chocolate is partially set (about five minutes), gently dip the tips of the spoons in the chocolate sprinkles or colored sugar. Allow the spoons to dry completely.

Wrap the spoons in cellophane wrap and tie with a ribbon or homespun bow. You can add an instruction card to the bundle of spoons that says "For a chocolate delight, stir me into your coffee."

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