frozen cappuccino

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~ frozen cappuccino ~

These little iced cappuccinos are easy to make and every bit as good as the more expensive coffee shop variety. Serve these up in clear depression glass teacups (like the one pictured above) or your favorite floral cups for a fun and fancy garden party treat!

one serving:

2 heaping teaspoons instant coffee powder (or 2 level teaspoons instant espresso)

2 heaping teaspoons sugar

1/2 cup whole milk

handful of ice cubes

generous squirt of chocolate syrup (like Hershey’s)

whipped cream

cinnamon

Combine everything except the whipped cream and cinnamon in the bowl of a blender. Zip until smooth. Pour into pretty teacups. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Variations: add a drop of pure orange extract to the mixture and a little orange zest to the top for a orange cappuccino, or vanilla instead of chocolate…or a little mint extract and Ande’s mint pieces…the possibilities are endless!

~ Entertaining Tip ~

I’ve used teacups and other china pieces for serving all sorts of things at gatherings, picnics and tea parties!

Try these ideas:

* for a brunch ~ fill teacups with different smoothie flavors or fruit butters! fruit butters are wonderful on biscuits, waffles, scones and toast!

* for a fondue party ~ use a different teacup for each kind of dip or sauce that you serve

* for a birthday party ~ use teacups as ice cream sundae cups!

* for a luncheon ~ make a “Crudite Bar” by using teacups to separate veggies and dips…teacups are also lovely for serving small salads such as coleslaw or fruit cups.

* use teacups to serve hot soups and bisques or chilled soups like gazpacho…and to serve a little “teacup” lunch!

* use teacups to serve chocolate mousse and other desserts

* use teacups to serve lemonade and punch for a garden party!

* use teacups to create a little window herb garden!

* use teacups for making candles!

* use china creamers/pitchers for serving syrup with waffles, scones and puffed “Dutch Baby” pancakes

* use teacups and saucers as dessert compotes as pictured HERE and HERE

*use china pieces for presenting spa treats

* use gravy boats for serving salsas and sauces

* use creamers for serving salad dressings

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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  14 comments for “frozen cappuccino

  1. April 30, 2012 at 9:07 am

    These are some great ideas for using teacups, Melissa! I have my Grandmother’s collection of teacups and I’ve never figured out a good way to use them. I will definitely keep your ideas in mind! I also love the frozen cappucino!

    • Melissa
      April 30, 2012 at 9:12 am

      I’m so pleased you like the ideas :) I have a collection of teacups too, and over the years I’ve tried to get creative with them. Teacups don’t have to just be for tea! Also, if you have pretty sugar bowls and creamers, consider using the creamers for salad dressings, creamers for single serving sour cream or dip…pretty gravy boats for salsa…use your imagination. These collections are too pretty to keep hidden away ;) xo

  2. April 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Melissa, this is heaven in a cup, I can just picture myself sitting on the back deck, in the shade, on a hot summer day, drinking one of these!

    • Melissa
      April 30, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Hello Joan! So pleased you like the recipe! enjoy! xo

  3. Nadine Osborne
    April 30, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Thank you for the suggestions, I have quite a few odds & ends of pretty cups & saucers, I decorate with them, using silk flowers & dime store pearls. I will use these ideas for sure.

    • Melissa
      April 30, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Hello Nadine! Teacups are also gorgeous as vases! thanks for reminding me. I have a bunch of lily of the valley blooming in my yard. I believe I will go pick some and put them in teacups all around the house! Also, I’ll go back into this post and attach links to specific places where I’ve used my china for things other than teatime… Thanks for stopping by! :)

  4. April 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I’m not normally a coffee drinker, but that looks too pretty and refreshing!

    I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger and Sunshine Awards. See them here: http://treatstrinkets.blogspot.com/2012/04/birthday-cake-cupcakes.html

    • Melissa
      April 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Hello Kim!
      Thanks so much for the awards! How cool! I really appreciate it. xoxo :)

  5. Joyce
    April 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Melissa,

    Thank you for the great idea. I have a granddaughter who loves to have tea parties when she visits, and this idea will be just great. Of course, we will put something different in hers. Grandma, will enjoy the coffee treat. I was wondering, if by any chance you have ever tried this recipe using lower fat milk.

    Joyce

    • Melissa
      April 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Joyce!
      I have used low fat milk, and decaf instant coffee before…still wonderful! :)

  6. April 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I’m definitely going to try this Melissa and wonderful tips using tea cups!

    • Melissa
      April 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Carrie! So glad you like the recipe and ideas! :) xo

  7. April 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    These look so tasty Melissa! I love the depression tea cups! I have a pink depression bowl from my great grandparents I treasure! Have a fantastic week my friend!

    • Melissa
      April 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks Serena! I too love depression glass. I collect it. :) Pink, baby blue and bright green are my favorites, although I do have a few clear pieces and a few of the more common amber pieces. Would love to see your bowl! xo You have a fantastic week too Lovely!

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