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No need to stop by Starbuck’s; we have something way better for your 3 o’ clock coffee break. Christy’s frozen cooler doesn’t hide the coffee flavor under a pound of sugar, and she adds a splash of Frangelico to make happy hour a little more perky. Brooke, Recipe Hunter

Brooke Jackson-Glidden, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter

THE RECIPE

Spiked Frozen Coffee Coolers

Skip the Frap and kick it up a notch

Got the after-work yawns by the time happy hour rolls around? It’s time to wake up and smell the Bailey’s. This Spiked Frozen Coffee Cooler is that perfect afternoon refresher with a little something to take the edge off. Oftentimes, frozen coffee drinks taste more like sugar than the actual coffee they promise. Christy of My Invisible Crown brews her coffee to be particularly strong, so the flavor of the beans holds up against the liqueur and sugar. She adds cinnamon and Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) for a spicy sweetness that adds complexity without overpowering the flavor of the coffee. Finally, as a playful twist on the Caramel Frappuccino, she mixes in just a dash of Bailey’s Caramel, for a grown-up version of the classic frozen drink. Serve these tasty coolers with a weekend brunch, on a Girl’s Night with friends, as a personal treat in the summer heat or maybe as a little Don Draper style coffee break – don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us.

THE CHEF

Christy Landry

Recipe Developer, Food Blogger, Photographer

Christy Landry

I love life and food is at the center of that. I enjoy taking a recipe or an idea and customizing it so that it fits me and my family. My Invisible Crown is where I share it all, teaching my readers to do the same.

Christy is the mind and chef behind My Invisible Crown, her personal food and lifestyle blog that reflects her Southern roots and love of the simple and fun. Christy is all about easy, enjoyable recipes that are sure to please, from easy summer party cocktails to classic Cajun boils. Without pretense or ego, Christy has created a blog that lets her relationship with food and entertaining shine, encouraging her readers to develop their own cooking creativity. “My goal is to make original recipes of different foods that aren’t difficult!” she says, and she succeeds with flying colors.

Head over to My Invisible Crown and say hello to Christy on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

THE TIP

How to Make Coffee Concentrate for Use in Recipes

If your milkshake or baked recipe calls for “coffee brewed double strength, make a concentrate using a popular method called “cold-brew.” Check it out here.

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