Sometimes, good ol’ coffee is enough for you to get through the morning. But there are definitely some days when just coffee isn’t enough. There’s simply days that call for a little novelty, a little something new in our lives. Some spice.
Which is why you should always have fun, weird recipes around for whenever the mood strikes you; preparedness is everything. So be prepared by writing down these recipes we’re about to show you, or simply bookmark the article if that sounds easier!
First, one of the weirdest recipes we can think of: Vietnamese egg coffee. I know, it sounds disgusting, but I can assure you it's delicious.
And the best part is that Vietnamese coffee is best made with robusta coffee beans, which we are undoubtedly fans of because of their high caffeine content. Let’s see how it’s made:
Vietnamese Egg Coffee
- Vietnamese coffee maker or phin filter (optional; you can simply use strong coffee made in a French press)
- 2 cups (one for brewing, the other for serving)
- Hand mixer
- 2 bowls
Ingredients (2 servings):
- 4 tablespoons ground Thunderbolt coffee
- 2 tablespoons condensed milk
- 2 pasteurized egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 8 oz water
- Pasteurize your eggs to prevent foodborne illnesses To do this, let your eggs come to room temperature (for about 20 minutes if stored in the fridge). Submerge the eggs in a pot of water and bring them to 60ºC (do not go over, or the eggs will cook) for 5 minutes. Cool the eggs in cold water. Set aside.
- Place your phin on top of your brewing cup and add your ground robusta coffee. Cover the grounds with the filter and give it a twist.
- Pour enough water to cover the coffee and let it bloom for 30 seconds.
- Add the rest of the water and wait until the last drop of coffee has fallen in your cup.
- To keep your coffee hot while you make the egg cream, boil some water, place your brewing cup in a bowl and pour the hot water in the bowl.
- Beat the egg yolks for 30 seconds. Once they have broken up, add sugar, condensed milk and a splash of vanilla. Whip it until it's foamy and creamy, almost meringue-like.
- Pour your coffee in your serving cup and top it with the egg cream.
- Place the cup in a bowl with hot water to keep your coffee hot whilst cooking the egg cream a bit.
This drink is rapidly gaining popularity all over the world and is hugely popular in Vietnam.
Next, we have three quick, easy, and chill recipes for making coffee at home. Since it’s almost summer, we thought we’d include two cold beverages that can be made in an instant to fight off summer heat while we also get our buzz on.
This drink is as enjoyable as it is simple. Bonus points if you’re using Italian gelato.
- Add one medium scoop of vanilla ice cream to a coffee cup or mug.
- Pour one shot of espresso over it. (It must be very hot, freshly pulled)
Allegedly invented in Greece (but don’t say this in front of an Italian person), the freddo is a masterpiece of minimalism. It’s essentially an iced, sweetened coffee consisting of just two espresso shots. It’s as refreshing as it is strong.
- 2 shots espresso
- Ice cubes
- Sweetener of choice
- Pull a double shot of espresso.
- Add 30ml of ice cubes; blend or don't, depending on your preference.
- Sweeten with white sugar or artificial sweetener.
This one has a little liquor in it because it’s just more fun that way.
- 1 shot espresso
- 50ml Baileys Irish Cream
- 2 tbsp sugar
- Ice cubes
- Pull one shot of espresso.
- To the shaker, add two teaspoons of sugar, one shot of espresso, 50ml of Baileys, and two to three ice cubes.
- Shake vigorously for thirty seconds.
- Serve in a wine glass, and enjoy.
And with that, you’ve added four recipes to your repertoire.
Three of them are quite easy and one of them is complicated— but well worth the effort. Three to one is a good ratio. We suggest you start off with the easier ones and once you see how fun it can be to mix it up, go for the egg coffee. We promise you’ll love it.