Love the drink or hate it, coffee is a guilty pleasure that is here to stay. Science shows coffee is a healthy drink that can offer protection against illnesses like diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee lovers enjoy switching to the cold alternatives as the weather changes…and while pretending summer isn’t slipping away just yet.
There are several variations of iced coffee out there, and these are the go-to warm weather drinks. Cold coffee works perfectly as a refreshing drink, but with a few added ingredients it can become a sophisticated drink.
Here is a list of five quick and easy iced coffee recipes to make at home.
The Cold Brew Lemonade
Lemonade is one of the most popular refreshing summer drinks, and it gets a kick to it by adding some cold coffee to the mix. The Cold Brew Lemonade is a coffee lover’s twist to the classic Arnold Palmer. To make this iced drink, you will need the following:
• 1 to 2 oz lemon juice
• 4 to 5 oz water
• 4 to 5 oz cold brew coffee
• 1 oz simple syrup
• Ice cubes
Make the simple syrup by dissolving three and a half ounces of sugar into three and a half ounces of hot water. When the sugar completely dissolves into the water, chill the mixture. Proceed to make the lemonade base by combining the simple syrup, water, and lemon juice in a cup. The lemonade should have a slight tart-like taste to it, but it should not be too sweet. The cold brew brings in a slightly bitter taste to the mix and balances it all out. When deciding to indulge a cup, first start your ice machine. You’ll get some perfect ice cubes because that’s how ice makers work. Add them into the lemonade mix and finish off with the cold coffee. The best thing about the cold brew lemonade is that you can make several batches at once and chill them in the fridge.
Iced Almond Milk Latte
The Almond Milk Latte could use an ice tray to transform some brewed coffee into ice cubes. The watering down of coffee is the unpopular part of enjoying an iced coffee drink. Using “coffee ice cubes” offers the perfect solution to this problem. For this iced coffee drink, you will need the following:
• Brewed coffee
• Syrup made using one cup of sugar mixed with one cup of water and heated up in the microwave or a saucepan.
• Ice cube tray
• Almond milk
Start by pouring out the brewed coffee into the ice cube tray. Top up the coffee with the syrup, Freeze the mix for three to four hours or overnight. Once ready, place a few coffee cubes in a cup and pour the almond milk over the cubes.
Soda has been added to just about everything, coffee included. The secret to making the perfect coffee soda lies in flash-chilling the brewed coffee. The other secret lies in using some CO2 cartridges and a whipping siphon to carbonate the drink, such as with a Soda Stream machine. The ingredients needed to create this refreshing drink include:
• Fine ground coffee (1 oz)
• Very hot water (9 oz)
• 3.5 oz of ice
• Ice bath or coil chiller
Steep some coffee in a container of hot water. After 90 seconds of steeping the coffee, invert the mix into an ice bath and let it chill. Once chilled, add in the rest of the coffee and ice in a cup. Keep diluting the mix until the ice no longer melts. Strain the resulting mix into the whipping siphon. Use 1.5 oz of simple syrup, orange peel, a whipping siphon, and two CO2 cartridges to create the coffee soda. Mix the syrup into the coffee, and keep tasting the mix to get it to a sweet but not overpowering taste. Add in the orange peel pieces, two to three should be enough. Cap the siphon and include one of the CO2 cartridges. Remove excess air from the chamber by depressing the siphon handle and covering the spout using a cloth. Charge it up using the second CO2 cartridge. Chill the mix for an hour. Once ready, depressurize the siphon and vent out the CO2. Use a strainer when pouring out the soda into a glass chilled with ice.
Creamy Vanilla Mocha Iced Coffee
This iced coffee drink mirrors its hot counterpart only that it is served cold. Instant coffee provides a quick and affordable solution to making an iced coffee drink. For this iced drink, you will need the following:
• 1.5 cups whole milk
• 1 tbsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup boiling water
• 1 tbsp chocolate syrup
• 1 tbsp instant coffee
• 5 tbsp sugar
• Ice cubes
Mix the sugar and instant coffee with the boiling water. Stir the mixture to dissolve the coffee and sugar. Add the chocolate syrup and vanilla into the mix. Stir to incorporate all ingredients. Stir in the milk and pour the mix over some ice cubes before serving.
Espresso has a bitter kick to it and, when you add some tonic water, you would expect to create quite the bitter drink. Surprisingly, the combination works well making a refreshing summer drink. For this iced drink, you will need the following:
• 5 fl oz tonic water
• Grapefruit peel
• 1-ounce espresso
• Ice cubes
Combine the tonic water and ice into a glass and then gradually add the espresso. The reason you want to avoid pouring the espresso over the soda is to prevent excessive fizzing. Finally, gently stir and garnish the drink with the grapefruit peel, like a twist, and enjoy.
Give these delicious iced coffee recipes a try, on these last few days of summer, and impress your family or friends.