Ten years ago I paddled in my first dragon boat race. Two years later, I started my own team and named it The Boat for Kids Who Don’t Paddle Good. Every year, before the Boston Dragon Boat Festival, we get together for a potluck and watch Zoolander. Every year, in the official program, our team bio reads, “We’re pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking, and we plan on finding out what that is.” Every year, I look forward to paddling with my team, making new friends, and leaving it all on the water.
Every year, that is, until this year. =( So when the team admiral told me I could make up for not being on the team by bringing orange mocha frappuccinos to this year’s potluck, I thought, “challenge accepted.” Unfortunately, the same busy travel schedule that kept me from joining the team kept me from making these in time for the potluck, but I hope creating this recipe from scratch and posting it goes toward making amends. Because you know what can really help you sort through these important issues?
Orange Mocha Frappuccino!
makes 3 large frappes
3/4 cup coffee beans, ground
1 large orange
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups milk
3 cups ice
Whipped cream (optional)
Zest and juice the orange. Combine the ground coffee and orange zest in a 2-cup French press or measuring cup. Add enough water to reach the 2 cup line. Stir to make sure all the coffee grounds get wet. Let sit a few minutes
and then stir one more time to disperse all the coffee grounds that
have floated to the top. Cover and let sit overnight at room temperature.
Add the orange juice to a measuring cup and add enough water to reach 2/3 cup. Pour into a small saucepan and add the sugar, cocoa powder, and pinch of salt. Whisk and heat over medium-low heat until it starts to simmer and is slightly thickened. Cool and transfer to another container. Store in the refrigerator until needed.
The next day, press and/or filter the cold brew coffee.
For each frappuccino, combine 1/2 cup of orange cold brew coffee, 1/2 cup of milk, 3 tablespoons of the orange chocolate syrup, and a cup of ice in a blender. Blend until frothy and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with whipped cream (I used coconut whipped cream) if desired and more orange chocolate syrup. Enjoy!
Alternatively, you could also freeze the cold brew coffee into ice cubes and blend those with the milk for a stronger frappe. And you could also add some finely chopped candied orange peel or orange sugar on top for even more garnish. You’ll have more than enough orange chocolate syrup left over which you can use to make orange chocolate milk (seriously yum), drizzle over ice cream, eat with a spoon straight out of the jar….
Note: No gasoline fights were started as a result of drinking these frappuccinos.