Introduction: Coffee Milk (RI State Drink)

I grew up in Rhode Island and I have been living out of state for about five years now. I don't know if other states have state drinks but I do know that Rhode Island's state drink is Coffee Milk. Rumor has it, if you go just ten minutes into Massachusetts or Connecticut and order a coffee milk people will not know what you are talking about. Needless to say, it was hard to come by in Philadelphia and impossible in San Francisco.

This recipe doesn't come out quite like the Autocrat brand coffee milk, but I got pretty darn close.

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

Coffee Grounds

Milk

Sugar or Corn Syrup (I never said it was healthy)

Coffee Filters (3)

Pour Over Cone

Kettle

Drinking Glasses (2)

Step 2: Super Concentrated Coffee

There are multiple ways to do this step. You could probably use espresso if you wanted.

Boil some water and make a cup of coffee. Now, compost those grounds and run the coffee through the filter again with more coffee grounds. Repeat this three or four times. I ran the coffee through each batch of grounds twice before replacing it.

Each time you run the coffee through the grounds it will be slower and slightly less effective. It might be a good idea to reheat the coffee in the microwave between each round of brewing. I didn't do this but I think it might help.

Step 3: Sweeten and Thicken

I used corn syrup for this but sugar of any kind would probably work just fine. People say to use a 2 to 1 ratio of coffee to sugar but I went lighter than that, because I prefer a little more bitterness. If you are using corn syrup you can mix it cold but if you choose to use granular sugar you will likely need to heat the coffee on the stove to mix it.

Step 4: Mix It Up

The ratio of syrup to milk is really up to you. I used about 4 tablespoons for the pint jar glass I was using. It also depends how strong your coffee syrup is.

Step 5: Enjoy

Most Rhode Islanders use coffee syrup for making coffee milk but there are many uses. It is great on ice cream, waffles and some like it in yogurt.

Comments

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tparker19 made it! (author)2015-02-27

Mine ended up way to thin. Any pointers?

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LuckyLady21 made it! (author)2015-01-15

I found it interesting since the coffee can be replaced by other ingredients and different flavored syrups can be made. Thanks for the idea!

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LuckyLady21 made it! (author)2015-01-15

I found it interesting since the coffee can be replaced by other ingredients and different flavored syrups can be made. Thanks for the idea!

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LuckyLady21 made it! (author)2015-01-15

I found it interesting since the coffee can be replaced by other ingredients and different flavored syrups can be made. Thanks for the idea!

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alexis.bauer.14 made it! (author)2014-10-16

Thanks for this! I love exploring new beverages...and I'd also never heard of it.

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Sully2582 made it! (author)2014-10-13

I grew up in NH and have had it before. I'm pretty sure you can find the syrup online, but I dig the resourcefulness.

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co2h2o made it! (author)2014-10-10

This sounds really good and of course as a Bay Area native, I've never heard of it! I do have a question though: Is it just me, or is there a packet of gelatin in your first photo? If so is that added in? Apologies if I missed mention of it in the instructions. :)

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-10-10

You are correct, I thought I was going to need it but it turned out to be unnecessary. Very observant of you.

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NatalieA made it! (author)2014-10-07

You can ordered it online now from Autocrat...I live in Delaware and we order it every Christmas...it is wonderful....

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-10-07

Guess next time I'll order a bottle. Thanks for the tip.

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dwhacks made it! (author)2014-10-05

Sorry but that's not a percolator.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_percolator

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-10-06

Right you are. Thank you for the correction.

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Rocky Top made it! (author)2014-10-04

When I was a freshman in college in NY, I used to go home with a friend of mine from RI and quickly learned to love coffee milk. Thanks to your poste, I now know why I have never, ever seen coffee syrup outside of RI. As "Manape" mentioned down below, I have been using instant coffee and sugar with milk in the blender to as a reasonable substitute when I need my coffee milk fix.

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-10-06

That sounds like a pretty good solution too.

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Rocky Top made it! (author)Rocky Top2014-10-06

That said, I am going to give your method a try so that I will have a bottle of syrup in the fridge as that is clearly more convenient than getting out the blender. Thanks for the Instructable!

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Dragonjoy made it! (author)2014-10-04

brings back memories for this RI born lady! thank you so much for sharing!

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-10-06

No problem. I hope you can get your coffee milk fix.

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zyck made it! (author)2014-10-05

In Portugal we brew an expresso onto hot milk.
Here I been using instant espresso coffee.

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bgipson1 made it! (author)2014-10-04

I meant they have Autocrat

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bgipson1 made it! (author)2014-10-04

Have you tried Amazon
They have it will ship to your door

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torimelko1 made it! (author)2014-10-04

I am going to definitely need some!!!

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edkv made it! (author)2014-10-04

Nice photos and interesting drink it looks amazing, being a coffee with milk lover lol.I live in houston which is super diverse and I grew up drinking Vietnamese milk coffee.soooo good.which is strong coffee and condensed milk.but I will try the RI coffee milk definitely :)!

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-10-04

I hope you enjoy it.

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kodiwoedee made it! (author)2014-10-04

Coffee milk sounds like a yummy fun project! Thanks for sharing your local treat.

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-10-04

No problem. I hope you enjoy it.

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VoltageSparx made it! (author)2014-10-03

You need some autocrat? I have to send a case down to GA every year or two for family that moved south. Could always add more names to the list

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-10-04

I love autocrat. Haven't had any in a long time. Can you also send Del's Lemonade, Spikes Hotdogs, Narragansett Beer and some clam cakes? Shoot, I miss Rhode Island.

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Manape made it! (author)2014-10-03

I cheat, I use 1 teaspoon of instant coffee and 1 teaspoon of suger in 12 onces of milk and let it sit for 10 min. then mix and drink.

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-10-04

Sounds like a good solution.

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emikayee made it! (author)2014-10-04

Being a pa native, I've never heard of this (no surprise) but interesting.
I'm really only commenting because I want to say your kitchen is amazing.

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-10-04

The kitchen is part of the Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco where the Instructables office is located. I have the extreme honor of working here as a resident artist.

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choshow made it! (author)2014-10-04

I'm from New Jersey which is pretty close and I've never heard of it. Being a fan of coffee I will be giving this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-10-04

Let me know what you think.

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bensmiller02 made it! (author)2014-07-15

I find that if you mix coffee milk and maple syrup you get a pretty similar taste

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-07-16

That sounds pretty good also.

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Danger is my middle name made it! (author)2014-07-16

I have to say, I lived in Massachusetts for 4 years and never heard of this!

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-07-16

It really is a local treat. So local that people out of state have never heard of it.

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jmwells made it! (author)2014-07-14

Wouldn't it be easier to just use Kaloua?

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-07-15

Well, then we would be talking about a different drink. Not a bad idea though.

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Carleyy made it! (author)2014-07-15

Very cool to see this! I grew up on Rhode Island as well.

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-07-15

Glad you can appreciate the glory that is coffee milk.

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