I’ve been running around like crazy lately, have you? You know the kind of crazy where your phone is constantly going off, your tablet is beeping with new messages and your calendar is stuffed with important papers and receipts that need to be filed?
Since I don’t want to be walking around like the Mayor of Crazytown all the time, it’s been my practice around 3 or 3:30 most days I’m home to take a rest break. Nothing major, just a 15 or 30 minute break where my phone and computer are out of reach. I limit all possible distractions. It’s me and my thoughts and sometimes a magazine or my journal at this non-negotiable afternoon party.
Most of the time I’m making healthy choices on these said breaks. I’ll have hummus and veggies or a piece of fruit. But there are some days that I just want to feel indulgent so I’ll have an iced coffee and something sweet. You can’t do this all of the time mind you because it would mean extra time on the treadmill but once in a while it’s totally worth it. My “go to” drink for this occasion is a Raspberry Iced Coffee.
Depending on how much time I have, I take an empty drinking glass and fill it with ½ cup frozen raspberries and ½ cup ice. You could also use a mason jar that has a lid if you want to take this with you on a walk.
Next add 1 cup of coffee, at room temperature or chilled. I know some people like to freeze coffee in ice trays so their iced coffee doesn’t taste watered down.
Depending on how indulgent you want to be add a few tablespoons of half and half, milk or flavored creamer. If you want your iced coffee to be sweeter, add a teaspoon of sugar. Then I add a pump of raspberry flavored syrup like the ones I have on my coffee station from Torani. This particular brand is available at Amazon and World Market but I’m sure there are other coffee shops that sell their own. I use this indoor coffee station every day and it makes me happy. Having everything I need to make a good cup of coffee, hot tea or hot cocoa all in one place has been such a luxury.
Stir all ingredients until combined using a spoon. At some point the raspberries are going to melt a bit which is a good thing. I love the way they add flavor to the iced coffee. You can either muddle them down further or scoop them up with a spoon when you’re finished with your coffee.
Top with sprinkles of Dutch cocoa and maybe a little whipped cream if you want to really do it up right.
Add a chocolate caramel and sea salt biscotti to the mix.
Insert cute drinking straw, walk out onto your back porch or cozy up on your couch and relax with your favorite magazine for the next few minutes. No phone. No laptop. No TV. Breathe it out.