3 Iced Coffee Recipes You’ve Gotta Try this Summer!
June 22nd, 2022
Coffee has come a long way over the past decade or two and has moved into and reached our hottest summer days. No longer is it a steamy cup of bland bitterness that you have to acquire a taste for. Now it comes in many varieties of delicious tasting goodness for a cup you’ll crave every day! In today’s world, coffee isn't simply a wake-up or a warm-up, it has now morphed from an all-day affair to an after-dinner treat. From iced coffee to frappe’s, caffeinated or decaf for those who must avoid caffeine, coffee is now a beloved standby that you can enjoy at home anytime, day or night, and any season! Did you know that aside from being delicious, there is increasing research that shows coffee drinkers, compared to nondrinkers, are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, dementia, cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes? As if that is not enough, to get you perked up for summer, here are three iced coffees that you've just gotta try!
Iced Coffee with a Keurig
When there is no longer a chill in the air, but one is desperately needed in you, this basic iced coffee is surprisingly tasty in all of its simplistic glory! Just so we don't leave all the Keurig users out, this iced coffee is made with your K cup!
1 regular, dark roasted K cup
4 large ice cubes
4 ounces of cold milk, or half and half
-Brew the K cup at a 4 or 6-ounce setting.
-Place the ice cubes in a tall glass.
-Very slowly pour the coffee, a little at a time, over the ice. (SLOW is important!)
-Add 4 ounces of cold milk or half and half.
-Sweeten to taste as desired.
*Optional: Add and swirl of caramel sauce for an iced caramel macchiato or vanilla syrup for a vanilla latte.
For a Vietnamese coffee, replace the milk for 2-3 Tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. Add a splash of half and half and stir.
Mocha Iced Coffee
If you love McDonald's Mocha Frappes you'll flip over this! Not only can you make it at home, but you'll save quite a stash of cash! Just wait until coffee and chocolate collide in this smooth, icy, taste bud explosion!
1 cup strong brewed coffee, chilled
1 cup half and half or milk
1/4 cup natural chocolate syrup
1 cup of coffee ice cubes (Made ahead by freezing leftover coffee in an ice tray)
Sugar to taste
Chocolate syrup to drizzle
-In a high-powered blender, combine coffee, half and half and chocolate syrup, blending well
-Add ice cubes, blending until smooth.
-Add sugar to taste and blend again.
-Pour coffee into glasses with additional ice cubes if desired.
-Top with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and serve immediately.
Mocha Moolatte Dairy Queen Style
To cover all bases and ages with iced coffee that everyone will love, this one will hit it out of the park as a fan favorite! Be sure to make enough of this one to include the kids when they need a boost getting up and out!
1 cup of espresso
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
3 cups of ice
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup whole milk
-Dissolve the sugar in the espresso
-Chill espresso mixture until cold
-Combine all ingredients in a blender
-Blend on high until smooth
-Pour into two 16-ounce glasses
-Top with whipped cream and chocolate or caramel drizzle
It's hard to choose just three when it comes to icing up coffee! Use your imagination and different combinations to build on these and come up with a multitude of recipes that suit your taste, dietary needs, and preferences! You might just be the next well-known coffee shop!