Spiced Mocha Lassi

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 6 hr 15 min (includes chilling and freezing time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Spiced Coffee Ice Cubes:

2 cups hot espresso

1/4 cup sugar 

1 strip orange peel

8 whole cloves 

2 cinnamon sticks 

2-inch piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped

Lassi:

3/4 cup to 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt 

1 ripe banana, peeled and chopped 

2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder 

Directions

  1. Make the spiced coffee ice cubes: Combine the espresso, sugar, orange peel, cloves, cinnamon sticks and ginger in a medium bowl until the sugar dissolves. Cool to room temperature, and then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours. Strain the coffee mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a large bowl and discard the solids. Divide the mixture among 2 ice cube trays and freeze until solid, at least 2 hours.
  2. Make the lassi: Add 3/4 cup orange juice, the yogurt, banana and cocoa powder to a blender and puree until smooth (if you'd like the lassi to be a bit thinner, blend in the remaining 1/4 cup orange juice). Add a few spiced ice cubes to the blender and puree. Pour the lassi into glasses and add 2 more spiced ice cubes to each glass. Serve immediately.

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