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Raspberry Mocha Latte Recipe

February 6, 2012

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Hey all! It’s Ashley with a new latte recipe. This raspberry mocha latte is so rich and decadent – I can’t believe it has taken me this long to make raspberry syrup from scratch. This recipe serves two – it would be a perfect treat to whip up for your sweetie and yourself this Valentine’s Day.


– 6 ounces espresso

– 8 ounces milk, soy milk, or rice milk (I used soy)

– 1/2 cup sugar

– 1/2 cup water

– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

– 6 ounce package of raspberries

– 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

- optional whipped cream


Start by making the raspberry syrup. Combine sugar and water in a medium sauce pan; bring to a boil. Stir frequently. When a boil has been reached, add vanilla extract. Allow mixture to continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat, and add washed raspberries. Allow raspberries to steep in syrup for one hour.

Strain the raspberries from the syrup, allowing the syrup to drip down into a bowl. The leftover raspberries make a very sweet and delicious dessert on their own!

Add 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder to the bottom of each mug. Pour as much syrup as you would like into your mug, up to 1/4 cup. This just depends on how sweet you like your drinks. Stir well to incorporate cocoa powder.

Brew your espresso of strong coffee. Froth your milk. Add 3 ounces of espresso to each mug, filling up the rest of the mug with steamed milk, and spoon any leftover foam on top.

1. add syrup and stir

2. add espresso

3. add milk and spoon on leftover foam

For a special occasion, top drink with whipped cream, and treats such as sprinkles, raspberries, cocoa powder, or chocolate chips.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Mocha Almond Stove Top Latte

October 31, 2011

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Usually when I make lattes, I like to froth the milk with a steam wand attached to my espresso machine, but this recipe is a bit more accessible. The entire recipe is done on the stove, with the addition of espresso or strongly-brewed coffee. I hope you enjoy this sweet treat!

Serves 2.


1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp almond extract
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup vanilla soy milk
4 shots of espresso or 6 ounces of strongly-brewed dark roast coffee


Combine sugar and water in a small sauce pan, and bring to a boil, stirring often. Once syrup reaches a boil, add the almond extract, and let boil for another minute to burn off the alcohol.

Reduce heat to low and add cocoa powder and vanilla soymilk, stirring often for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Brew espresso or strong coffee.

Pour syrup / soymilk mixture into two separate glasses, and add 2 shots of espresso or 3 ounces of coffee to each glass.

Serve with whip cream and chocolate shavings, or a side of dark chocolate to make it dessert.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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hello dear ones! today i have a very special treat for you! since so many of you were interested in last week’s espresso post, i’ve invited the lovely ashley pahl to share with you a few of her scrumptious coffee recipes! she’s such a sweetheart and i just know that you’re going to love her (and her recipes). you can expect to see her for next the month or so as she shares one delicious recipe with you each week. to get to know her, make sure to check out her beautiful blog and etsy shop. enjoy! xo, bonnie


peppermint mocha latte

One of my favorite weekend treats is a trip to the coffee shop for a latte and some “Me time.” As enjoyable as this outing can be, those $4.50 drinks can really add up, and especially in the winter, it’s more fun to stay warm inside. Enter: the DIY latte.

Drinking lattes at home is no longer for the privileged; espresso machines are very affordable these days, and if an espresso machine isn’t in the cards, very bold, dark roasted coffee can be substituted in these recipes.

For those of you who still have a a stash of candy canes from the holidays, they’re the perfect finishing touch for this warm, wintry drink!

peppermint mocha latte
Peppermint Mocha Latte
makes two drinks


Peppermint syrup
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/2 cup water
– 1/2 tsp peppermint extract

mocha “syrup”
– 6 tbsp cocoa powder
– 6 tbsp warm water

– 4 ounces brewed espresso
– 4 – 5 ounces steamed milk

Optional toppings:
– whipped cream
– chocolate sprinkles
– cocoa powder
– crushed candy cane

peppermint mocha latte


Begin with the peppermint syrup. If you’ve ever made simple syrup for cocktails, it starts out with the same idea: bring 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil; once the boil is reached, add the peppermint extract and lower temperature to a simmer. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. This process allows the alcohol in the peppermint extract to burn off, and the end result is a very sweet, peppermint-y syrup. Don’t have peppermint extract? Here is a recipe using candy canes.

Meanwhile, add three tablespoons of cocoa powder and three tablespoons of warm water each into two mugs. Then stir into thin paste. Personally, I do not add sugar into the chocolate syrup because there is enough sugar in the peppermint syrup; however, if you like a very sweet drink, this is a good recipe for chocolate syrup.

Next, brew four ounces of espresso, and then steam four to five ounces of milk, making sure there is froth on top. Pour two ounces of brewed espresso into each mug; follow espresso with the steamed milk, holding back the froth with a spoon. If you want more information on brewing espresso or steaming milk, check out this guide from Coffee Geek!

Once the milk is poured, spoon the leftover froth onto each cup, and pour in 2 tbsp to 1/4 cup of peppermint syrup (depending on how sweet or strong you like your flavored lattes). Top off with whipped cream, sprinkles, crushed candy canes, or a little cocoa powder.

A little note
Do make the peppermint syrup – don’t just try adding peppermint extract to a mocha latte – the result will be unpleasantly bitter!

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ashley paul indie pretty project Ashley has been coffee-crazy since college when her husband bought her an espresso machine for Christmas. Armed with a pot of dark roast, she spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her self-titled Etsy shop.

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