The Shortcut You Need To Know For The Easiest Iced Mochas

Your favorite chilled coffee drinks don't need to be reserved for your next trip to the coffee shop. If you need to tighten your coffee budget, it's easier than you think to whip up fresh iced mochas at home. You can be on your way to sipping sweet, caffeinated refreshments in no time — it just takes a bit of preparation.

A genius hack for blending up a tasty mocha, which is a combo of coffee and cocoa, is by making ice cubes out of hot chocolate. Dropping a cube or two into your cold coffee can bring a textured sweetness to your blend, and you can even add the cubes into hot coffee to cool it down quickly. You could also pop a few cubes into your smoothies that might benefit from an added chocolate touch.

To get your cube collection started, mix your favorite hot cocoa mix with hot water until smooth, then pour the mixture into an ice cube tray. After a few hours, the solid cubes can be popped into both hot and cold drinks for a boost of flavor. Once your freezer is stocked with chocolate ice cubes, the options are endless when it comes to packing sweet, chocolatey flavors into your favorite beverages. 

Ready to blend at a moment's notice

After using chocolate ice cubes in your caffeinated drinks, you may also want to consider freezing instant coffee packets for your next creation. With both chocolate and coffee ice cubes waiting in your freezer, you'll be able to whip up a classic frozen mocha in no time. Simply mix together your choice of milk or milk alternative with coffee or espresso, then blend with the chocolate and coffee ice cubes you've made in advance. To give yourself the full coffee shop experience, top your coffee creations with homemade whipped cream, drizzles of chocolate sauce, and fine chocolate shavings. After one sip, you'll forget you made the drink in your own kitchen.

The best part of making your own mocha drinks at home is that you can customize the recipe to suit your tastes. Try adding more milk, sticking to chocolate only for a frozen hot chocolate drink, or adding an extra shot of espresso for those afternoons when you need an extra boost of caffeine.