Honey Cinnamon Iced Latte
So do you want to hear a completely crazy story? Well, maybe I only think it’s crazy but I’m going to share anyway. Because I really like telling you stories. And this is one of those holy cow it’s a small world type tales.
So. Remember how yesterday (<— lots of pretty mountain photos in that post!) I told you about how we stayed at this cabin in Black Mountain during our trip to Asheville? Well, we’re minding our own business driving along going past this little row of shops nearby. I’m looking out the car window and see this person who looks completely like my uncle. He’s talking on the phone so I don’t think much of it … until I keep staring (no, I’m not creepy or anything) and convince myself that it has to be him.
Of course I whip out my phone to call my mom and demand to know if said uncle is in NC (he doesn’t live there or anything). And turns out … he is there for a church trip. So I obviously start screaming into my phone about oh my gosh what a coincidence, ya know, that sort of thing.
Anywho. What does this have to do with coffee you ask? Well, next I start texting my uncle to verify it was him (I mean why wouldn’t I believe my mom) and we decide to meet up later for a quick coffee. At a local shop where I had an entire conversation with the barista about this drink called the “killer bee” that was on their menu. After much hemming and hawing about what I was in the mood for, I finally decide to go with said killer bee. Because it’s just fun to say.
Which is what I have recreated here for you. Because it was sooooo good. The one at the coffee shop was a little too sweet for my taste but that’s the beauty of making it at home. Make it just the way you like.
And what makes the killer bee so awesome? Honey and cinnamon my friends. Honey and cinnamon.
But first. We start with some cold brew coffee concentrate. And then we pour in some creamy goodness…
And then! We’ll sweeten it up with a honey cinnamon simple syrup that will blow. your. mind. Before finishing it all off with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
I know it’s finally starting to cool down a bit outside, so if you aren’t in the mood for iced coffee go right on ahead and still make the simple syrup. And then swirl it into regular hot coffee for a delectable treat. I have a full-blown addiction at this point.
And there’s no turning back.
Because it’s like fall in a mug. And I just cannot turn that down.
Oh! And one last tidbit – if you don’t like coffee, go ahead and still make the simple syrup. And then swirl some into a glass of milk. It’s like chocolate milk but vanilla honey cinnamon action instead. And oh my gawd good.
- ¾ cup water
- ¾ cup honey
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ice cubes
- cold brew coffee concentrate
- whole milk (or another milk, half & half, etc.)
- sprinkle of ground cinnamon
- To make the simple syrup - add the water, honey and cinnamon sticks to a small saucepan. Set the pan over medium-high heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the honey has completely dissolved into the water. Let the mixture just come to a boil, then turn down the heat and let simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let the mixture cool completely then remove the cinnamon sticks (and discard). Store the syrup in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- To serve - add some ice cubes to a serving glass. Pour in the cold brew coffee. Add in the desired amount of milk and honey cinnamon simple syrup, then mix to combine. Sprinkle the top with a touch of cinnamon. Serve immediately.
You can also use this simple syrup in hot coffee!
Inspired by a drink I ordered at the Dripolator coffeehouse in Black Mountain, NC.