Heavenly Coffee Milk Recipe to Start Your Day with a Zing!

Are you tired of the same old boring cup of coffee? Do you want to switch things up and enjoy a delicious, creamy drink that will bring you to the shores of Rhode Island with just one sip? Look no further than coffee milk – the official state drink of Rhode Island.

Coffee milk is a sweet and refreshing drink that has been a staple in Rhode Island for generations. It’s made from a combination of coffee syrup and cold milk, and can be enjoyed hot or cold. But don’t let its simplicity fool you – this drink is packed with flavor.

As a barista, I’ve had the privilege of perfecting my coffee milk recipe over the years. And now, I’m excited to share it with you. In this recipe article, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about making the perfect cup of coffee milk – from the ingredients to the serving suggestions.

So whether you’re a Rhode Island native looking for a taste of home or just someone who wants to try something new, this coffee milk recipe is perfect for you. So grab your favorite mug and let’s get brewing!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Milk
Coffee Milk

If you are a coffee lover, then Coffee Milk is definitely going to be your next favorite drink. Let me convince you why you’ll love this recipe.

Firstly, it is an official state drink of Rhode Island. That’s right, it is not just a simple milk recipe; it has cultural significance attached to it. Rhode Islanders love their coffee milk so much that they even have a day dedicated to celebrate it. So, trying this recipe will surely make you a part of an exclusive club that celebrates and cherishes the Rhode Island culture.

Secondly, it’s the perfect blend of coffee, syrup, and milk. The recipe calls for two tablespoons of coffee syrup and eight ounces of chilled milk, which is stirred well to make a smooth blend. The unique combination of ingredients provides you with a perfect balance of sweetness and coffee flavor that is hard to replicate in any other drink.

Thirdly, you can customize it the way you like it. You can add more or less syrup according to your taste preference. You can also use hot or cold milk based on your mood or the season. If you prefer steamed milk over cold milk, then simply put your milk into the blender with the syrup and blend until frothy – now you have a warm drink on a cold winter day!

Lastly, you don’t even need brewed coffee to make this drink! All you need is some syrup (which can be found online or made at home!), chilled milk, and some ice cubes for a refreshing iced coffee treat.

In conclusion, Coffee Milk is more than just another flavored milk recipe – it’s a cultural delicacy that has been enjoyed for generations in Rhode Island. It’s easy to make, customizable to your taste preferences, and can be enjoyed all year round – lots of reasons why I believe everybody needs to give this recipe a try!

Ingredient List

 Start your day off on the right foot with a delicious cup of coffee milk.
Start your day off on the right foot with a delicious cup of coffee milk.

Ingredients for Coffee Milk Recipe

  • Coffee Syrup (8 ounces): This is the key ingredient for making authentic Rhode Island coffee milk. Autocrat and Eclipse are two of the most popular brands.

  • Milk (8 ounces): Whole milk is recommended for the perfect taste, but you can use any kind of milk you prefer.

  • Brewed Coffee (2 tablespoons): Freshly brewed coffee works best, but instant coffee is a suitable substitute.

  • Sugar (2 tablespoons): You can add more or less based on your preference for sweetness.

  • Ice Cream (Optional): For a creamy version of this recipe, add a scoop of coffee ice cream on top before serving.

With these simple ingredients, you can make delicious coffee milk at home anytime you feel like sipping on some Rhode Island flavor!

The Recipe How-To

 Satisfy your morning caffeine cravings with this easy-to-make drink.
Satisfy your morning caffeine cravings with this easy-to-make drink.

Now that we have all of our ingredients ready, it’s time to make some delicious Coffee Milk! Follow these simple steps to create your perfect blend.

Step 1: Make the coffee syrup

In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of brewed coffee with 1 cup of granulated sugar. Heat the mixture over medium heat while stirring, until the sugar dissolves completely. Once complete, remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool.

Step 2: Prepare the milk

Pour 8 ounces of cold milk into a cup or a glass. If you prefer, you can also use steamed milk.

Step 3: Mix the coffee and milk

Add 2 tablespoons of coffee syrup to your glass of milk and stir well until combined. If you like your coffee sweetened or less sweetened, adjust the quantity of syrup accordingly.

Step 4: Blend in a blender (optional)

If you want a smoother consistency or if you want to use cold milk instead of hot, add 2 tablespoons of coffee syrup and 8 ounces of chilled whole milk into a blender. Blend for 20-30 seconds until you have achieved a smooth texture. Pour it back into your glass and stir well.

Step 5: Serve your Rhode Island classic!

Enjoy your homemade Coffee Milk Rhode Island style! The recipe makes about two cups that are perfect for sharing with a friend or family member. Serve it ice-cold or warm based on your preference.

Remember, making Coffee Milk is simple and quick to prepare. You just need to have the right ingredients at hand!

Substitutions and Variations

 Creamy, smooth, and full of flavor, coffee milk is the perfect way to wake up your taste buds.
Creamy, smooth, and full of flavor, coffee milk is the perfect way to wake up your taste buds.

Coffee Milk is a versatile recipe that can be tailored to satisfy various tastes and preferences. Here are some substitution and variation ideas:

– Milk: You can use any type of milk for this recipe, including whole milk, almond milk, soy milk, and oat milk. Keep in mind that the type of milk you choose will affect the taste and texture of the final product.

– Coffee syrup: If you don’t have coffee syrup on hand, you can make your own by combining brewed coffee and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. You can also use flavored syrups like vanilla, caramel or hazelnut to add a twist to the recipe.

– Ice cream: For a creamier version of Coffee Milk, try using a scoop or two of coffee ice cream instead of regular ice cubes.

– Sweetener: If you prefer your Coffee Milk sweeter, substitute some or all of the cold milk with sweetened condensed milk. You could also use honey or maple syrup instead of sugar for a healthier option.

– Iced Coffee: For an iced version of the recipe, brew your coffee as you normally would and chill it in the fridge until cold. Follow the recipe as usual but replace the hot coffee with cold.

Overall, feel free to experiment with different ingredients and ratios to find what fits your personal taste best.

Serving and Pairing

 Don't settle for plain coffee - jazz it up with a dash of milk and a sprinkle of sugar.
Don’t settle for plain coffee – jazz it up with a dash of milk and a sprinkle of sugar.

When it comes to serving coffee milk, there are several options to consider in order to achieve the perfect pairing experience.

One classic way to serve coffee milk is chilled, making it the perfect beverage for hot summer days. Simply place cold milk in a glass, and then add 2 tablespoons of coffee syrup to it. Stir well and add ice cubes. This method will give you a refreshing taste that’s not too sweet, nor too bitter.

Another option is to serve coffee milk hot, which is a classic Rhode Island winter beverage that will warm you up from the inside out. Brew your favorite hot coffee and then add steamed milk to it. For a sweeter taste, you can add 2 tablespoons of sugar or sweetened condensed milk to your coffee before adding the steamed milk.

If you’re looking for a more decadent treat, you can pair coffee milk with sweets like donuts or muffins. The less taste-assertive flavor profile of coffee milk allows it to complement rather than overpower these delicious treats. You can also use it as a base ingredient in different recipes like desserts or cocktails.

Pairing wine with food is common and so too coffee milk can pair well with certain types of food like grilled cheese sandwiches or pancakes. The dairy presence in both the food and the beverage complements each other nicely.

Coffee milk also goes well alongside eggs; whether boiled, scrambled or fried, hard boiled eggs are an excellent accompaniment for this popular Rhode Island drink.

Regardless of how you choose to serve your coffee milk, it’s sure to be tasty and refreshing beverage that people across Rhode Island have enjoyed for generations!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A warm and comforting drink that's great for any time of day.
A warm and comforting drink that’s great for any time of day.

Once you have made your delightful Coffee Milk recipe, you may be wondering about the best way to store and reheat it so that you can enjoy it again and again. The good news is that with some simple preparation, you can easily make your Coffee Milk ahead of time and enjoy it at your leisure.

To make the best Coffee Milk, you should use cold milk, as it blends perfectly with the coffee syrup. Once you have mixed the coffee and milk together and stirred well, place the mixture in a cold cup or pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve. If you are making a large batch of Coffee Milk, consider storing it in an airtight container, such as a mason jar or plastic container.

If you’ve made too much Coffee Milk or want to save some for later, simply put it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Be sure to give the mixture a quick stir before serving.

When you’re ready to reheat the Coffee Milk, pour it into a saucepan or microwave-safe vessel and heat gently over low heat until hot. Whisk occasionally to ensure that the syrup blends well into the milk. Avoid boiling as this will change the taste of your Coffee Milk.

If you’re looking for a cool and refreshing beverage, try iced coffee by blending Coffee Milk with ice in a blender until smooth. You can also use sweetened condensed milk instead of regular milk for a richer flavor.

Overall, with these simple tips, you can easily make-ahead and store your Coffee Milk recipe for later use without losing any of its delicious taste. Enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 It's like a hug in a mug!
It’s like a hug in a mug!

For a perfect coffee milk recipe, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind. First of all, I recommend using whole milk as it has a richer and creamier taste. If you prefer to use a non-dairy alternative, other types of milk such as almond, soy or oat milk can also be used.

When adding the coffee syrup to the milk, start with a small amount and taste it before adding more. Some coffee syrups can be quite sweet, and you don’t want the flavor to overpower the taste of the milk.

To achieve a smooth and creamy texture for your coffee milk, it is essential to properly steam the milk before adding it to the coffee syrup. Use a steaming wand or frother to heat up the milk until it reaches around 150-160°F. Then, pour the steamed milk into the cup and add the coffee syrup slowly while stirring gently with a spoon.

Another tip is to use freshly brewed hot coffee instead of instant coffee for a better taste. However, if you prefer cold coffee drinks, you can make iced coffee with brewed hot coffee by pouring it over ice and allowing it to cool down before mixing with the milk.

For those who prefer an even sweeter taste, consider adding sweetened condensed milk to your coffee syrup instead of regular sugar. This will add extra creaminess and sweetness to your drink.

Finally, remember that the temperature of both the syrup and the milk can affect the final result of your coffee milk recipe. If one ingredient is too hot or too cold, it may not blend well together or create an unbalanced taste.

By following these tips, you can achieve a delicious and refreshing Rhode Island classic – coffee milk!


Moving on to the next section of this recipe article, we have the frequently asked questions or FAQ. These are some common queries that people may have about making coffee milk and its ingredients, substitutions, and more. So let’s have a look at some possible answers and solutions.

How to make coffee milk?

When it comes to preparing a refreshing glass of coffee milk, there are a few key steps to keep in mind. First, grab a couple of glasses and fill them up with ice. Next, add a generous helping of the cooled coffee milk syrup – around 1 ½ tablespoons should do the trick, but feel free to adjust according to your desired level of sweetness. Finally, give everything a good stir and sip away. Voila – a deliciously simple coffee drink that’s perfect for any time of day.

What is Rhode Island coffee milk?

A popular beverage known as coffee milk consists of a mixture of milk and coffee extract or syrup, with a preparation similar to that of chocolate milk. This drink has been designated as the official state beverage of Rhode Island since 1993.

What is the coffee to milk ratio?

When making hot coffee, it’s important to balance the ratio of coffee to steamed milk, typically ranging from 1:4 to 1:6, in order to achieve the best flavor.

What is coffee with only milk called?

If you see “au lait” on a coffee shop menu, it usually refers to brewed coffee that is mixed with steamed milk. It’s important to note that this is different from a café latte, which is made with espresso and steamed milk. The term “café au lait” simply means “coffee with milk” in French.

Bottom Line

Rhode Island’s official state drink, coffee milk, is a beloved beverage that has gained a lot of popularity across the country. Whether you’re from the Ocean State or not, this coffee milk recipe is one that you should definitely give a try!

Not only is it a straightforward and no-fuss recipe, but it’s also super customizable to suit your preferences. Whether you want it hot or cold, sweetened or not, with or without ice cream – this recipe has got you covered!

By making coffee milk at home, not only do you save money that you’d otherwise be spending at cafes, but you also have complete control over what goes into your drink. This means that you can make it as healthy or as indulgent as you’d like.

So why not give this coffee milk recipe a try? It only takes a few minutes to put together and yields delicious and satisfying results. Plus, it’s an excellent way to get your daily dose of caffeine in a fun and flavorful way!

Coffee Milk

Coffee Milk Recipe

I grew up with coffee milk and coffee "cabinets". They are made with the Original Coffee Syrup from R.I. You can get coffee syrup online from Autocrat Coffee or Eclipse. Coffee milk is the official R.I. drink!
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Calories 234.2 kcal


For coffee milk

  • 2 tablespoons coffee syrup
  • 6 ounces of cold milk

For coffee cabinet

  • 2 tablespoons coffee syrup
  • 1 scoop coffee ice cream
  • 6 ounces cold milk


  • For coffe milk:.
  • Add coffee syrup to the glass of cold milk.
  • Stir well with a spoon.
  • Serve immediately.
  • For the coffee cabinet:.
  • In an electric blender, beat the coffee syrup, scoop of ice cream, and milk for 1 minute, or until ice cream is dissolved.
  • Pour and serve immediately.

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Serving: 366gCalories: 234.2kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 12gFat: 13.4gSaturated Fat: 8.3gCholesterol: 51.2mgSodium: 179.3mg
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, Shakes
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