I’ve done it before with tortes, cakes and cookies, and given the heat, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Labor Day than lounging around with a refreshing, mexican-spiced ice blended drink.
The drink is a simple mixture of coffee, milk, ice and a chocolate/spice blend, which includes sugar, cocoa, ground chocolate and small amounts of vanilla, ancho chile powder and almond. It’s certainly a little bit more exotic than the usual offerings at Starbucks! Now, while I’m always in favor of homemade versions of products (especially mixes) you can buy elsewhere, and usually make ice blended coffee drinks from scratch at home, I actually used a mix for this drink. The Mocafe Azteca D’oro Mexican Spiced Ground ChocolateÂ powder is a favorite of mine. I first encountered it in a cafe in Berkeley where they used it as the standard flavoring for mochas and ice blended drinks similar to this one. The spice mix is right on target and it goes well with both hot and cold drinks, dissolving easily both in mugs of steaming coffee and blenders of milk and ice.
I recommend keeping an eye out for the Mexican Spiced Chocolate mix the next time you’re in the market (I’ve found it at most Whole Foods markets), or for the hotter ancho chile-version, if you want something even spicier. If you can’t find it, you can still make your own version at home using the ingredients from the mix as a guideline. You can buy ground ancho chiliesÂ online, but can substitute a pinch of another ground pepper (for a similar kick but a different flavor)Â if you can’t get it elsewhere
Mexican Spiced Ice Blended
Fill up one large cup (16 oz.) with ice and pour strong, cool coffee (add a shot of espresso if you have it) over ice to fill 3/4 of the cup. Top coffee with cold milk or, if you’re feeling very indulgent, with light cream. Pour this into a blender.
Add 3 tbsp cocoa powder, 3-4 tbsp sugar (or to taste), 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, a drop of almond extract, and 1/8 tspÂ powdered ancho chile (or a pinch ofÂ cayenne pepper). Blend until very smooth. Taste, and add more sugar, coffee or milk as necessary until desired flavor and consistency is reached.
Whipped cream topping optional.
Makes 2 servings.
ValliSeptember 3, 2007
Too bad we don’t have a Whole Foods anywhere near home. It’s funny how you never hear of a certain food like chocolate & chili one day and then see it everywhere after that. This drink sounds extra special!!!!
NoahSeptember 3, 2007
Just curious, which place in Berkeley uses that? Might have to hit them up…
NicoleSeptember 3, 2007
The cafe is called Fertile Grounds and it’s on Shattuck at Deleware, just a few blocks from the Cal campus in North Berkeley. I’m pretty sure that they still use the mexican chocolate, although it has been a while since I’ve stopped in. I seem to recall that their other drinks were great, too, so it’s worth dropping by to check it out, if you have the chance.
erinJanuary 11, 2008
not sure if you’ve tried vosges chocolates and their aztec elixir. its drinking chocolate (they have a few other flavors) that is probably one of the best things i’ve ever tasted. drinking it was amazing, each sip was a completely amazing experience, sweet, hot, rich at first, then as it went down your throat, warm and spicy. god it was amazing, but i digress :o) we went to the store in caesar’s palace in vegas, apparently they are opening a store in santa monica, which will probably be the cause of my future heart disease and 100 pound weight gain!!