Back 1,000 years ago when I was a young woman of 21, I worked in a fancy Italian ristorante. It had a deli with gelato and Italian imports.
My favorite was a little teeny bottle of espresso soda called Bibi Caffe. It was spendy but I loved the sugary fizzy drink. This was before I even drank coffee (obviously pre kids).
I still carry a key chain that originally said Bibi Caffe. It was a promotional item I got for working at the restaurant. You’ll have to take my word for it because as I said, it was a lifetime ago, and although I still use it as my key chain the words wore off long ago.
Anyways, every once in a while, for years after, I would try to scope out the drink as a treat. Recently it came back into my thoughts and I found out that it is no longer imported to the states. I did find in my research that there is an alternate drink called Frizz Coffee.
I bought a 4 pack to try (even though it’s $7, yikes) and it brought me right back. Great stuff. Stupid expensive.
So I played around and came up with a homemade alternative.
I make my coffee as a cold brew.
I took 1/2 cup of my coffee concentrate, added 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, and 1/2 cup water and boiled it up. I measured this time!
I wanted to make sure the sugars were well dissolved and it started to get syrupy so I let it boil for a few minutes. Refrigerate the syrup. I find it fitting to keep mine in a former pasta sauce jar with an outline of Italy on the lid. Buono! Once it cooled I poured an ounce or so over ice and added fizzy water. I have a Soda Stream so I can make carbonated drinks whenever I get the urge. My husband and I like soda water so it’s nice to have around…also…teenagers come to our house a lot and it’s good to be able to whip up some soda.
Back to the point – this drink makes me supremely happy. I can vary the strength, I can have it on a moments notice, I can make it far cheaper than buying it, it tastes great – what’s not to love? Coffee flavored pop.
This summer will see a lot of this stuff thrown down. I’m picturing coffee floats on hot evenings.
I adore this stuff. It’s possible I may have had just a touch too much sugary caffeinated beverage before writing this but it is just that good.