Why coffee is our favorite pick-me-up
As you know by now if you’re a regular visitor to our site, coffee is one of our favorite aphrodisiacs. Not only does coffee give you energy for games of love (and just about everything else you need to do in a day), it’s known to stimulate the pleasure system of the brain. It can give your mood a serious lift, all while tasting so good and going down easy.
Not everyone reacts the same to coffee. There are those who are so sensitive to its effects that they will end up awake all night. For others, a cup offers just the perfect “lift.” Ultimately, there are several factors that come into play when caffeine works in your body, like how hydrated you are and what you have eaten. In order to prevent the ‘afternoon slump’ that can come from drinking coffee, experts suggest that you try drinking one glass of water for every cup of coffee you drink.
For those who crave sweet
One thing we can all agree upon is that coffee is a beverage that people around the world enjoy. But for some, coffee is even more enjoyable when paired with a deliciously sweet and smooth creamer. In fact, according to research, 62% of coffee drinkers use creamer in their cups of morning Joe. So it only makes sense for us to suggest some homemade creamer ideas you can make at home to replace the unnatural versions many of us are tempted to splash into our daily brew.
These recipes use natural flavorings and pure maple syrup for sweetness. We’ve included a recipe for Hazelnut Creamer but it can be adapted to make a homemade creamer in just about any flavor you crave. (If you’re looking for a good source for natural flavor extracts, we recommend Nielsen-Massey.) And for chocoholics, we’ve included a Chocolate Almond Creamer made with almond milk that can easily be adapted for a vegan diet.
Our favorite homemade creamer
Homemade Hazelnut Creamer
- 2 c of half-and-half or heavy cream
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 2 tsp pure hazelnut extract
- Combine the half-and-half or cream with the maple syrup and hazelnut extract in a jar or sealed container.
- Cover tightly and shake until just combine.
- Store, tightly sealed, in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Photo by Alberto Bogo
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