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Forget Starbucks! Try 15 of Our Very Best Espresso Drinks

We've come a long way from the days when coffee was just coffee. Now, there are endless variations on the classic espresso drinks that combine shots and frothy milk. Here are 15 of the top-rated coffee drink recipes that are sure to make mornings much more bearable.

Some Like it Hot

The best lattes, cappuccino and Americano warms you up while delivering the wake-up call. It's nice, but not essential to have the fancy equipment to create the velvety creaminess latte lovers crave. A little whipped cream on top of the flavored drinks is a welcome finishing touch to a drink that you'd expect to pay $5.

Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread Latte | Photo by Holiday Baker

The Big Chill

Strong coffee poured over ice, maybe mixed with milk and flavorings, is one of the joys of summer. (Though, many cold brew fans drink the bev year-round.) The key is to achieve strength without bitterness and these tried-and-true recipes share secrets on how to accomplish that worthy goal.

IMG_9261 Banana Milk Coffee Photo by Vanessa Greaves resized

Perfect For Dunking

These Italian cookies are made for dipping in your favorite coffee drinks.

Chocolate Dipped Orange Biscotti

Chocolate Dipped Orange Biscotti | Photo by LynnInHK

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About Leslie Kelly

Always hungry to learn, never had my fill of oysters, Memphis dry rub ribs, wild salmon, chocolate chip cookies or a well-rolled lumpia. Washington state wine lover, bourbon fan. Totally obsessed with brunch!