Make Your Own Flavored Coffee Drinks At Home


I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was thirty. I spent my twenties having babies, so I avoided caffeine and never developed the habit.

At thirty, with four little kids and an exhausting corporate job, I gave in.

Coffee wasn’t that great. Mostly it was pale, weak and bitter. I made it palatable with cream and sugar.

Then came Starbucks. Even if you don’t like their signature dark roast, you have to admit by just existing, coffee everywhere got better.

My son is a barista, so I developed a Starbucks habit of gold card proportions stopping by the store to visit him.

Luckily, he gets a free pound of coffee a week, so I can make great coffee at home now.

The only problem was I could only replicate the plain brewed coffee.

I heard about a Torani Flavored Syrup promotion from She Speaks and I jumped on it. She Speaks and Torani sent me two full-sized bottles of flavored syrup and some free coupons to facilitate my review.

My kids and I have been making flavored coffee drinks at home ever since my Torani package came in the mail. One bottle of Torani is less expensive than two peppermint mochas at Starbucks.

My favorites are the caramel and the peppermint. Here’s my homemade version of a peppermint mocha.

Torani-peppermint-syrup-Hersheys-ReddiwhipBrew a cup of strong coffee. Add a quarter cup of milk. Add Torani peppermint syrup and chocolate syrup to taste. I use a big mug, so I added 4 tablespoons of each.

Experiment to find the perfect ratio for your palate. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

I found a huge selection of Torani syrups at my local Cost Plus World Market, but it is also sold at Walmart and on Amazon, among other locations. I picked up a pump for two or three dollars—totally worth it.

The Torani syrups are very versatile. You can use them in coffee, tea, milk, mixed with sparkling water for Italian sodas, in mixed drinks, and for cooking.

Torani-peppermint-syrup--bottle-label-logoI found a recipe for a Christmas jelly roll cake, and I think I’ll brush the cake with peppermint syrup rather than making a homemade flavored simple syrup on the stove.

Also Torani has a new BACON syrup. I saw a drink recipe for this mixed with bourbon and garnished with a strip of bacon, but I think I’d use the bacon syrup to make a glaze for ham. Mix it with a little Dijon mustard. Mmm, bacon. It can’t be wrong when it tastes so right!

Torani flavored syrups are available in over 122 flavors, which include regular and sugar-free varieties. Please go to to see all flavors. Use coupon code “shespeaks” for a ten percent discount on your order.

Add as a reward for reading to the bottom of this post, I have a coupon for a full-sized bottle of Torani syrup for two lucky readers!

Just tell me in a comment what Torani flavor you’d like to try and how you’d use it.

I’’ll select two winners randomly Monday and notify them via e-mail. Winners have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail or forfeit. U.S. and Canada only, please.

I’m going back to World Market to get some more Torani. I think I’ll try one of the fruit flavors to add to tea and lemonade. I think the freshness will be a nice memory of summer as the cold weather descends.

Edited to add: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to my winners, Sonja and Becky!

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