Are you wanting a change from traditional drinks such as americanos and lattes? Do you want those espresso shots to have more uses than a quick pick-me-up in the morning? Below, we’ve presented a simple recipe where you can utilize your Leverpresso to create a drink that can be enjoyed by everyone in your household.
This drink can be a fun activity to get in the mood for the upcoming holiday weekend with loved ones (for those Leverpresso users in Asia, Lunar New Year, and for everyone else, Valentine’s Day). Whether you have plans to dine out or are staying warm inside, this drink can be made iced or hot and its bright colors will leave you not just falling in love with its aesthetic, but its espresso-filled strawberry nourishment.
- 8 oz milk
- 2-4 tbsp strawberry powder
Espresso sauce topping (about 2 servings)
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tbsp strawberry powder
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 0.5 oz espresso / brewed coffee
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp water
- Dried/fresh strawberries (garnish)
1) In a blender, blend the milk and strawberry powder together and blend until completely mixed. While this recipe is cold, you can serve this drink iced or hot, depending on which you prefer. If serving hot, you’ll want to properly stir the strawberry powder in the milk before heating.
2) Combine the heavy cream, 2 tbsp strawberry powder, and espresso shots (only about 0.5 oz of your espresso, so you can drink the rest) into a mixing bowl and whisk until dissolved. This is because due to the amount of heavy cream, you don’t want to add too much extra liquid into the mixture. It is also best to use an electric mixer for this process, as it is much faster. Both methods are assured to give you an effective arm workout. Set aside this mixture for later.
If you love chocolate-covered strawberries around this time of year, you may also make a delicious strawberry chocolate espresso sauce. All you need are 2 ounces of either cocoa powder or chopped chocolate to include. If going the cocoa powder route, you can whisk it with the espresso and heavy cream. If using traditional chocolate pieces, you’ll want to melt it with sugar only in the saucepan to include in your sauce.
3) In a small saucepan, stir the water and sugar. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat until it is brought to a boil. This step takes about five minutes. Then add the butter and stir in properly.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to make your sauce healthier or more vegan, you can substitute butter for ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil (about ¾ cups = 1 cup of butter), ghee (provides more moisture than butter), or you can even use fruits such as mashed bananas or avocados. Of course, substituting for some of these ingredients will dramatically change the flavor of your sauce, depending on what you’re interested in pursuing with your recipe.
4) Remove the saucepan from heat and mix in the salt with the leftover espresso cream mixture.
We hope you enjoy this recipe and have as much fun making it as we did! Have a great weekend!