When the days get hotter, nothing beats iced coffee as a refreshing energy boost. Iced coffee is the perfect simple solution to kickstart your day with caffeine while beating the heat. From a delicious cold brew iced coffee to a sweet and creamy Thai iced coffee, there is an incredible variety of ways to enjoy this drink.
To delight your taste buds, here is a list of 10 ways to enjoy iced coffee in summer.
1. Cold Brew Iced Coffee
This cold brew is the simplest way to enjoy a chilled coffee drink. Coarse-ground coffee is steeped in room-temperature water, before being mixed with milk or water and poured over ice. To make it strong, use cooled or cold brew coffee to make ice cubes for your iced coffee, so they add flavour to your brew instead of diluting it.
2. Coffee Milkshake
Coffee milkshake prepared with strong brewed coffee, creamy milk and delicious vanilla or chocolate ice cream is a great alternative to a simple cold coffee. You can use espresso shots or chilled, strongly brewed coffee for your milkshake. This is an absolute favourite for most coffee lovers and for some, is considered as the ultimate comfort food.
3. Thai Iced Coffee
Oliang, commonly known as Thai Iced Coffee is a uniquely flavoursome drink which combines spicy and sweet flavours with a nice, strong brew of coffee. The Thai iced tea balances the bitterness of strong coffee with sweetened milk and cardamom. It is usually served with ice and a light sprinkle of ground cardamom on top.
4. Greek Frappé
The classic Greek frothy ice-cold coffee is a beverage made from instant coffee, very little water and ice, topped by a remarkably frothy foam. The coffee can be made either with a cocktail shaker or an appropriate mixer. However, while it can be whipped, it is traditionally made by shaking.
5. Iced Irish Coffee
If you’re a coffee lover and you like whisky, this beverage is for you. Traditional Irish coffee is a made of sweetened coffee, Irish whiskey, and whipped cream. This version is made with ice for a refreshing drink full of flavour. The cold brew coffee or double-strength brewed coffee is poured over a cup with ice and Irish whiskey.
6. German Iced Coffee
German Iced Coffee or Eiskaffee, is a strong cold German coffee and vanilla ice cream drink. Instead of just finishing it with whipped cream, you can also sprinkle some shaved chocolate sprinkles, cocoa powder, or cinnamon on top to make it an even more enticing treat. You can also try making it with chocolate ice cream for a yummy Iced Mocha style beverage.
7. Coffee Chocolate Protein Shake
A protein shake mixed with iced coffee is the perfect summertime breakfast. high in protein, so you'll feel fuller throughout the day (and replenished post workout). Put a cup of coffee in the fridge and add ice, almond milk, and both chocolate and vanilla protein powder in the morning.
8. Spiked Iced Vanilla Latte
Transform the coffee house favourite into a happy hour delight by adding vanilla flavoured vodka to a chilled strong brew. To finish, skip the milk and opt for a cream liqueur for added consistency. This beverage is usually enjoyed by people desiring to enjoy a quick shot of espresso along with a shot of vodka.
When life gives you lemons, make mazagran. This originally Algerian drink is a special version of iced coffee, perfect if you are looking to try something new. It blends strong coffee with a lot of water, ice and lemon/ lime juice, which is quite a divergence from the traditional way a caffeinated drink, is prepared.
10. Vietnamese Iced Coffee
‘Cà phê đá’ or ‘Cafe Da’ is a traditional Vietnamese coffee made from a strong dark roast coffee tempered with creamy, sweetened condensed milk, syrup and ice. The beverage includes an incredible blend of flavours; bitterness and sweetness with a nutty flavour. It’s an intense and indulgent drink, ideal for an afternoon break on a hot summer day.