Spiced mocha lassi

April 17, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Serves 1-2
Author Notes

With the theme this week I wanted to experiment with something simple. A lassi variation seemed perfect. So I first decided to make ice cubes from coffee. Then for a little added texture I used instant espresso coffee in the lassi as well. Variations in spices are really easy to suggest, if you have different preferences. —Sagegreen

What You'll Need
  • Coffee ice cubes
  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee
  • mixed spices, optional @1 tsp.
  • The lassi
  • 1 cup thick Greek plain yogurt, fage
  • 1 tablespoon instant Espresso (Medaglia D' Oro) powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon zested fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seeds or cardamom (I use an old coffee bean grinder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey, such as acacia or tupelo, to taste
  • 1 small fresh banana
  • 2 coffee ice cubes, crushed
  1. Coffee ice cubes
  2. Make two cups of brewed very strong coffee or espresso. The way I prefer to brew my coffee is to heat filtered water to 190-200 degrees. In a filter cone place the freshly ground coffee beans. Add optional spices such as fennel, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger at this point, too. Pour in a tease of the hot water (about 1/4 the amount) to wake up the ground beans; let that small amount of water slowly filter through. Then pour in the remaining water to complete the brew. I have used Jamaican blue coffee beans.
  3. Let two cups of brewed espresso or strong coffee cool. Then pour into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 5 hours. You will have 14 cubes for use. Great for iced coffee, too.
  1. The lassi
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process. Chill, if desired.
  3. Garnish with a sprinkle of orange zest,cardamom, cinnamon, cocoa or other spice as desired.

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • drbabs
  • testkitchenette
  • healthierkitchen
  • Sagegreen

6 Reviews

drbabs April 17, 2011
Sagegreen April 17, 2011
Thanks, drbabs. I am having great fun tweaking the spices for this.
testkitchenette April 17, 2011
Lovely mix of ingredients. This is a keeper!
Sagegreen April 17, 2011
Thanks, tk. I just used some fennel and orange zest with this, and it was even better. Am baking springerles this weekend and that turned out to be the favored flavor for those, too.
healthierkitchen April 17, 2011
Sagegreen April 17, 2011
Thanks, hk. I just saw testkitchenette's banoffee recipe and realize that a frozen banana would be great here, too.