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Zero Proof: Salted Caramel Blended Ice Milk

[Photo: Christianne Winthrop]

Do you drink coffee? I don't. Try as I might, caffeine gives me the shakes and makes my hair stand on end. My pulse races and my mind cannot be caught. Like most people balancing a couple of jobs, I get tired and occasionally need a little pick-me-up; a bit of something to get me going when I'm just too tired to put one foot in front of the other. Caffeine works wonders for this, but for me it's just not an option.

I have to rely on sugar for my instant get-up-and-go—so I recently came up with this salted caramel blended ice milk. Similar to the popular ice blended drinks found at coffee shops, this beverage blends salty sweet caramel and cold milk into a frothy mix that is this close to a mocha-frappa-something-ccino, but better, and it lacks the caffeinated kick.

Start with homemade caramel and from there, simply blend in whole milk with crushed ice. While I chose to flavor the caramel with sea salt and vanilla, you could easily replace any extract you want, or even leave the salt out all together. Of course, you could even replace some of the milk with cold coffee, but why ruin a perfectly good sugar rush with all that caffeine?

About the author: Christianne Winthrop is a freelance food writer, caterer and culinary instructor. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Bob and their beta fish, Hercules.

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