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My favorite drink to get at Starbucks is the Caramel Macchiato but since spending $4 a day on coffee just isn`t practical for my budget I`ve started making my own at home and splurging just once a week on the real thing. I find that Starbucks` version (which is technically a Caramel Latte Macchiato) can be a little weak for my taste so when I make my own I do things a little different.
First, I use a stovetop moka pot to make my espresso. The trick here is to use the lowest heat setting possible for the best (and strongest) flavor.
Next, I mix 1/2 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of vanilla torani syrup (this is half of what most recipes call for) then heat and froth the milk with a handheld frother. Unfortunately, I`ve tried espresso machines with the steam nozzle for milk but I could never get the milk quite right that way.
I use a drizzle of caramel sauce on top of the milk and then pour my espresso straight through the middle! I love that the espresso sits on top for a little bit before sinking in and mixing with the other ingredients. That first sip of bitter espresso and sweet caramel is my favorite!
What is your favorite drink and have you found a way to create it at home?