I love coffee, but my mind and body are both easily overwhelmed by caffeine, so I often find myself with a cup or so of leftover java (do people still call it that?) by the time noon rolls around. It’s usually too stale for drinking by then, but it still has its uses.
Photo: Claire Lower
- Coffee syrup: Heat two cups of white sugar in one cup of coffee, stirring until it dissolves. Use the syrup to flavour cocktails (obviously), swirl it into vanilla ice cream, or drizzle it into chocolate milk.
- Coffee ice cubes: Diluting your iced coffee with slightly stale coffee is far better than diluting it with water. Pour the coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze like you would ordinary ice cubes.
- Coffee popsicles: Mix however much coffee you have with sweetened condensed milk to taste, then pour into popsicle molds or (again) ice cube trays.
See? Sometimes it pays to be a delicate flower who can’t finish a whole pot of coffee, even though it brings shame to your family of caffeine junkies. It all works out, as I can distract them from my weak constitution with coffee syrup. Everyone loves coffee syrup.