It’s been over 3 years since I was on maternity leave with my first son, and while I do remember all the sweet cuddles, I also remember those sleepless nights and my daily trips out to grab my beloved cinnamon dolce latte.
Having worked full-time for several years before becoming pregnant and having my son, I had no idea how strange (and awesome) it would be to have several glorious months off to bond with my new baby.
But by week 5 of being off work, I started getting a little stir crazy at home, and while it wasn’t always easy to get the new babe into his car seat and out the door, I needed to get out of the house. Enter daily coffee runs (mind you it was just to the drive-thru!).
And I tried pretty much every type of drink there was—lattes (pumpkin spice, caramel, you name it!), mochas, macchiatos, cappuccinos, steamers … the list goes on and on. It was always more about leaving the house than enjoying my beverage, that is until I met the cinnamon dolce latte—the queen of all the hot coffee options! She was slightly sweet (but not overly), a little cinnamon-y, and still had the taste of coffee that I loved so much.
Fast-forward three years, and I’ve got baby boy #2, which makes my trips out to get coffee a little less. Mostly because I think the process of getting two kids in the car to go anywhere is comparable to the feat of training for a marathon. But don’t fret—here’s the homemade version, which I think is just as good!
Espresso (or your choice of strong coffee)
Milk (I use 2 percent)
1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar cinnamon syrup* (I think 1 is plenty)
HOW-TO MAKE IT:
- Brew espresso into a cup (I use a Nespresso pod)
- Fill the remainder of the cup with milk (or steam the milk ahead of time using your frother, Nespresso machine, etc.)
- Add in syrup and combine (and maybe throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds to heat it up if you didn’t warm the milk beforehand)
- Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
*Note: I’ve also used the blend of spices listed in this recipe instead of the pre-made syrup I linked to above.
If you try this yummy drink, let us know what you think. And don’t forget that it will probably taste a bit better in our darling warm & cozy mug!