Perk Up Your Iced Coffee With These 5-Layer Mocha Cubes

Chocolate milk cold brew? Yes, please!

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I love an iced coffee in the afternoon, especially in summer — and I make it even more of a treat with my five-layer ice cubes. With ribbons of coffee, milk and chocolate milk, they're such a pretty pick-me-up!

Iced-Coffee Cubes

Makes about 12

  • 3 cups black coffee, cold
  • 3 cups whole milk or half-and-half
  • ½ cup chocolate milk

1. Fill large, square ice-cube molds, such as Tovolo's King Cube tray ($9, amazon.com), with a thin layer of coffee and freeze. Once this first layer has frozen (about two hours), add a layer of milk or half-and-half and freeze. Then, add a thin layer of chocolate milk and freeze. Repeat the process with milk and a final layer of coffee, filling to the top.

2. To make the drink shown, pour chilled coffee and milk over the ice cubes — you can also add some Kahlúa or Baileys — and the cubes will melt into the most delicious iced coffee ever! Take it to the next level by keeping some sweetened condensed milk in a squeeze bottle and adding as much as you like (it's divine in my morning hot coffee, too!).

This story originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of House Beautiful.

Perfect Picnic

Today's adventure was in our own backyard proving that you can have a picnic anywhere! How about for Father's Day?

Get the look: Basket, Glasses, PitcherLeather Ice Bucket, Blanket - other optionBoat Plate, Fruit Bowl, Wood Serving Plate, and Nut Bowls

ICE IT

A great way to dress up a drink is with these hand crafted ice cubes. Just fill an ice tray half way with water, drop in your choice of colorful items and stick it in the freezer. After 3 hours fill the tray with a second serving of water, filling it to the top. ( If you try this with the trays filled all the way at the start, the items will float to the top and the ice cubes wont look as good.

Fat Tuesday Sneeky: Cranberry Margarita

Fat Tuesday Sneeky: Cranberry Margarita

So excited to celebrate Fat Tuesday this year with the pups and some delicious Sneekys! We are busy gearing up for another catering event this week so I thought I'd take the opportunity to relax now. The weather in LA is gorgeous and takes me back to sunny Nantucket, where I first enjoyed this tasty beverage. 

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Lulu's Top Picks for Super Bowl 50 Treats and Sweets

It has been quite a week in my house! Between our dog's preparing the Super Bowl to my knee surgery (walking cast now, wahoo), it's been pretty crazy. And now we are all very excited for the big game this weekend - although I have to admit I am really looking forward to the funny commercials! 

 

Wondering what Sneeky to make for Sunday? Try my Dark and Stormy for a tasty alternative to beer that will have all the men (and women) at your party cheering for more. This rum and ginger-infused creation is sure to score you some major points as you watch your favorite team score some of their own! 

Lulu's Dark and Stormy Sneeky

1 1/2 Ounces Gosling's Black Seal Rum or any other dark rum
Splash of bitters (optional)
About 1/2 cup ginger beer
1/2 lime

Fill a highball glass with ice, add the rum, a splash of bitters  (if desired) and top with ginger beer. Squeeze the lime into the glass, stir, and squeeze the lime into the drink.

My favorite thing to add to my Super Bowl snacks is a decadent cheese platter. I recently shared my favorite cheeses and decorating tips with House Beautiful in this article

Variety is the spice of life, as they say... it's also the spice of any cheese spread you lay out! I suggest adding an array of cheeses that vary in texture, taste, and color. Don't forget to add some nuts and pretty dried fruit for an extra special touch. I love putting dried orange slices, sliced bread, and specialty crackers out to accentuate the already mouth-watering display. 

I also love these awesome ideas I found on Pinterest! Check out my Board for recipes like Individual Seven-Layer Dips, Pretzel Dog Bites with a Beer Cheese Dip, Duck-Fat Chex Mix (Lulu's Tip: I would love to add some crispy bacon to this one!), and this adorable Football Field tablescape. 

Check out the rest of my favorite Super Bowl food and entertaining ideas on my Super Bowl Board on Pinterest!  Be sure to follow me for year round inspiration and fun.

And if you do try out one of these recipes before Sunday kick off, I invite you to comment below and let me know which was your favorite!

Go Broncos! 

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Take Action with a Spiced Cranberry Holiday Sneeky

 Festive Sneekys with fresh ingredients like cranberries and grated nutmeg are a delicious way to celebrate the holidays!

Festive Sneekys with fresh ingredients like cranberries and grated nutmeg are a delicious way to celebrate the holidays!

We are making these Spiced Cranberry Holiday Sneekys for the Children's Action Network Winter Wonderful tomorrow night. Children's Action Network (CAN) "uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children's issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life.

CAN is currently dedicated to finding homes for the more than 107,000 children in the United States who are waiting for an adoptive family and improving outcomes for the more than 500,000 children in foster care." Learn more about this amazing organization and how to get involved here. 

SPICED CRANBERRY HOLIDAY SNEEKY

2 oz Skyy Infusions Cranberry Vodka
1 oz Frangelico
1/2 oz Appleton Spiced Rum
1/2 oz Pumpkin Spice Syrup (recipe below)
1 oz Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lime
Splash of Soda Water
Fresh Nutmeg, for garnish

In a mixing glass, add all ingredients and shake. Strain over fresh ice and top with soda water. Garnish with freshly grated Nutmeg. 

PUMPKIN SPICE SYRUP 

Add 2 teaspoons grated ginger, 4 cinnamon sticks, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 4 oz water, and 4 oz sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce. 

This delicious Sneeky is perfect for snuggling up by the fire and it pairs perfectly with this excellent cause! Enjoy!