National Coffee Day is Coming: Celebrate With These Creative Caffeine Concoctions





If you're not a coffee drinker, you may just want to start -- the benefits are virtually endless. In addition to boosting productivity, coffee also has mental health benefits: approximately one in five American adults (roughly 43.8 million people) are affected by mental health conditions, and a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drink four or more cups of coffee per day were 20% less likely to suffer from depression.


If you're already a coffee lover, however, prepare yourself: it will soon be your time to shine. With September 29 -- AKA, National Coffee Day -- just around the corner, it's time to ready your action plan so that you know exactly where you're headed during your quest for caffeine. Many popular cafes and restaurants are offering discounts throughout the day, but if you're feeling a bit adventurous, you can also get creative in the kitchen and whip up some of your own caffeinated concoctions. Here are just a few delectable coffee recipes that are sure to give you the buzz you need for National Coffee Day.

Pumpkin Spice Latte (Vegan Version)

PSL season is in full swing, but don't think you're limited to the options at Starbucks. You can whip up your own version at home using a few simple ingredients: coconut sugar, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla. Plus, this recipe is very versatile. Approximately 33% of the U.S. population, or 100 million people, say they're eating more vegan foods despite not being vegan themselves, and there are only vegan ingredients in this one-of-a-kind spin on the traditional PSL. Find the full instructions at TheFlamingVegan.

Cold Brew Coffee-Sicles

The concept of iced coffee and cold brew dates back as far as the 1600s in Japan and the 1800s in Algeria, and since then, it's gone through countless variations and transformations. While cold brew coffee itself is sure to be a tasty treat when made correctly, those who are looking to indulge in something a bit richer may enjoy the popsicle version of their morning caffeine. All you have to do is choose and prepare your favorite cold brew coffee recipe, perhaps adding a bit of extra milk and sugar. Then, pour it into popsicle molds and let it freeze. Surprisingly, there's a big difference between the freshness of frozen cold brew compared with traditional frozen iced coffee.


"Coffee popsicles are nothing new, but most recipes use iced coffee, which will oxidize and lose most of its freshness while you wait for it to freeze over. Cold drip coffee, on the other hand, can last for weeks without its flavors degrading, so a little bit of time chillin’ in the freezer won’t make a difference. Additionally, its inherent sweetness is so obvious a match for the popsicle that it’s surprising it took so long for someone to come up with a recipe," says HomeGrounds.


Toasted Marshmallow Latte

This delectable beverage is like drinking a coffee-s'more hybrid, so it essentially gives you an excuse to have dessert for breakfast. It just contains a marshmallow simple syrup and strongly brewed coffee, and the mug is lined with melted chocolate and graham cracker crumbs. Visit TheLovelyLife for the full instructions.

Clearly, you can try these recipes at any time of the year, but National Coffee Day is the perfect opportunity to unleash your caffeine creativity. Drink up!

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