In my early twenties, I was good friends with a girl named Niki who was going to the University of Tennessee. One evening at her apartment she made us soy milk smoothies using equal parts of soy milk and mixed juice and you know what it was fabulous. Since then I have always created and enjoyed the drink for myself. Milk is a staple in every home, but in the South we drink a lot of milk. So much, in fact, most moms cannot even keep it in stock from the kids drinking it all up. Needless to say I have always drank a lot of milk.
After I had my son I still would drink milk, but it always seems to make me a little sick. My doctor ran some tests on me and they all came back clear so I am not sure what is going on with me and milk these days. I do not seem to have an issue with dairy, but just the milk. I still use milk and I do not see me every stopping, but I enjoy several drinks made with soy. Have you tried it? If not you should it’s great. When your choosing soy milk make sure that it is not expired and that it’s also not made with processed soy beans. Avoid any that have brown rice syrup or evaporated cane juice in the label.
Soy milk comes in all types of flavors like regular, chocolate and vanilla. I usually prefer vanilla. It’ a very light flavor and not overpowering at all. I have never tried soy in hot coffee, but it works flawlessly in the cold brew. All of the grocers that I shop at here in Riyadh carry soy milk, which are Danube, Tamimi or Carrefour. They stock it in the health food area. The majority of the coffee houses here do not even carry soy and the manager at the Starbucks near my house told me they only use it in two Strabucks in Riyadh.
Starbucks back home in the states sells an Iced Vanilla Spice Latte and I have recreated it myself to share with you. I promise this is the best iced drink you will try and all in the comfort of your own home. Of course, if you do not have soy milk you can use regular milk or even almond milk. I also make my espresso with my little espresso machine that I bought and I am still using and loving it. If you’re a coffee drinker run out and buy one they are not that much and really make a nice espresso for home. I also am using a Starbucks Ethiopian blend which I have freshly ground in espresso grind at the store. When you make the espresso add the ground cardamom and mix into the espresso so that when it brews the flavors mix. I have added the amount below to use.
2 shots of espresso
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
2 teaspoons sugar
1. In a glass add ice and place in freezer until needed. In a jar add coffee, sugar and soy milk. Add a tight lid and shake.
2. Pour the coffee mixture over the ice, add whipped cream and then sprinkle a bit of cardamom over the top.