Inspired by Jemma Melvin’s winning Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle, we whipped up The Royal Americano in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It’s a refreshing drink to enjoy by itself, or to pair with Jemma’s dessert - perfect for the warmer days that are approaching.
Well, how does it taste? You'll have to try it yourself at home - the proof is in the pudding!
Things You’ll Need: (Serves 4)
- 4 x CRU Kafe’s Organic Colombian Capsules
- The Morning Machine, or a similar capsule machine.
- Milk Frother - like the NanoFoamer
- Stainless Steel Shaker
- ¾ Cup Almond Milk
- ¼ Cup Heavy Cream
- Ice Cubes
- Homemade Orgeat Syrup (instructions below)
- 4 x Lemon Thins/Biscuits (from your favourite local grocer)
- Shaken Americano
- Whipped Almond Foam
- Homemade Orgeat Syrup
- Lemon Thins/Biscuits as an accompaniment
To Prepare In Advance: Homemade Orgeat Syrup
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 205C/400F
Step 2: On a baking tray with a sheet, spread out a layer of 1/2cup raw almonds
Step 3: Let the almonds bake in the oven for 3-4 minutes, then let cool.
Step 4: Use a food processor to grind the almonds to a medium-coarse size
Step 5: Soak the ground almonds in ¾ cups of water for 3 hours
Step 6: Use a cheesecloth (or similar) to strain and squeeze the ground almonds from the water and you should get about ½ cup of liquid. Squeeze until dry.
Step 7: On a saucepan, heat the liquid for 2 minutes then add ½ cup of white sugar. Stir for another 3-5 minutes until dissolved. Let it cool.
Step 8: Strain the liquid mixture again into a bottle/jar using a cheesecloth to get a clear syrup. Add ½ teaspoon of orange blossom/flower water.
Step 9: Keep in the fridge until needed. Good for two weeks.
Recipe Preparation For The Royal Americano (1 serve):
Step 1: Pop a CRU Kafe Organic Colombian capsule into the Morning Machine
Step 2: Brew the capsule using the "Classic" recipe
Step 3: Fill you stainless steel shaker with ice cubes and dunk the brewed coffee inside.
Step 4: Add 3-5mls of your homemade Orgeat Syrup. Lid the shaker.
Step 5: Shake it, shake it, shake it like a polaroid picture.
Step 6: Strain the Shaken Americano into your serving glass.
Step 7: Add the almond milk and heavy cream into a cup or a milk pitcher.
Step 8: Use the milk frother to aerate the mixture until you get some foam. You may use the excess half & half for the other 3 drinks.
Step 9: Scoop some of the Whipped Almond Foam on top of your Shaken Americano.
Step 10: Top it off with a Lemon Thin and you’re good to go.