This week marked the closure of this school term, or rather the school year. The girls have completed their final exams and are now relaxing. It’s almost a whole month of holiday, that umma wished I would send the girls to be with them. Unfortunately, airlines that fly towards our side of the world think that we are minting money and can afford to pay over-the-roof flight ticket charges. 😕 I think I better not get to that point, since it boils my nerves… hehe… Also, the temperatures are slowly soaring. We have hardly had any winter this time. Before we could even get a feel, it came and went. Right now, the mornings are cozy, the nights are breezy and comfortable but the sun is nice and hot. The temperatures may still show in its 20s but standing out for too long does get a tad uncomfortable in the afternoons, and now slowly pushing itself out into the 30s. The season of having chai and pakodas are slowly moving way to more smoothies and cold drinks. I still can’t accept that we are having a warmer than usual March, and may have hotter months coming ahead… 🙁
So to make myself feel fine, let me share this refreshing mocha with you. You all know by now how much chocolate is “bae” to me, so I add it everywhere I get a chance to. Whenever we used to go for our coffees together, I would always order mocha and HD would get irritated, “Isn’t there anything you don’t have without chocolate?” 😀 I miss those coffee mornings and everything just seems to have shrunk to levels I wouldn’t even want to think about… Anyway, coming back to the mocha – you can use your own choice of milk, your own choice of coffee – instant or freshly brewed which tastes so much better, of course, and your own choice of chocolate – whether cocoa powder or syrup, or even better melted chocolate. I usually make a cooked paste of my cocoa powder and milk and then blitz it for a nice taste. Add in some really cold water or some ice cubes, pour into a tall glass, put in a straw – that’s a bonus!, stay on your couch and sip it, just looking nowhere… 😉 Off to the recipe…
- ¾ cup milk (any of choice)
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp instant coffee
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- ¼ cup cold water or ice cubes
- Take ¼ cup milk, whisk the cocoa powder and coffee in it. Keep on low flame till it becomes a homogeneous mixture, no need to boil. Set aside to cool.
- Add the concoction along with all other ingredients and blitz till smooth.
- Pour into a tall glass and enjoy.
I don't like my drink with any toppings, but you could top with whipped cream and a nice douse of chocolate syrup or caramel syrup.