Coffee Cabinet

Posted on by Corelyn

In honor of Jennie and Jeff deciding on a Rhode Island venue for their upcoming wedding, we decided to whip up a Rhode Island favorite – coffee cabinets. Known to the rest of the world as a milkshake or a frappe, Rhode Islanders call this a cabinet and they love just about everything coffee flavored.

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Servings: 4 cabinets
12 small scoops vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
4 tbsp coffee syrup 
2 tbsp sweet whey powder

We happened to have sweet whey powder lying around, but it’s not necessary if you don’t have any. What IS necessary is the coffee syrup, and if you don’t live in New England, you might need to make your own. Luckily, it turns out to be quite easy.

Coffee Cabinets | Garlic, My Soul

To make your own coffee syrup, you are going to brew three batches of coffee. Use fresh grounds every time, but reuse the coffee that you brew as your water for the next batch. When you’re done, use the super concentrated coffee to create a simple syrup in a 2:1 ratio. 2 parts coffee to 1 part sugar.




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  1. Justina

    Oooo coffee syrup recipe! My mom grew up in Rehoboth, MA, which is right on the border of RI, and she lived in Providence for awhile – at any given time she has at least 4 bottles of coffee syrup hoarded away so she can make coffee milk. I’ll have to make the homemade version and see what she thinks!

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