It doesn't have to be summer for the iced coffee craving to kick into high gear, but when the temps creep up to triple digits, something chill to start the day seems just about right. Here's a list of some of our very best iced coffee creations, from cold brew to cleverly flavored espresso drinks designed to help keep you cool while delivering that welcome caffeine jolt. All these make an awesome addition to your weekend brunch bash, natch.
How to Make Iced Coffee at Home: 11 Tasty Recipes
Just a spoon full of sugar and a splash of milk or cream softens the kick of that can come from a straight shot of espresso. Variations on that sweetened dairy scenario seem endless, but remember this: If you want to make a drink like a polished pro, stock up on simple syrup. It mixes easily for a seamless sipper.
"Adding creamy smooth banana milk to your morning cold brew makes it taste rich and delicious," says foodelicious. "Talk about an eye-opening good-for-you breakfast in a cup!"
Combine strong coffee with sweetened condensed milk, half-and-half, and a touch of vanilla extract and serve over ice! "Delicious on hot days," says Kate.
In this variation, coffee combines with milk, half-and-half, a little sugar and vanilla, plus creme de cacao! Some folks prefer to use chocolate syrup in place of the chocolate liqueur. "I can't make it fast enough!" raves LADYONE.
"A perfect balance of coffee, vanilla, milk, and caramel makes a sweet and creamy summer drink," says House of Aqua.
"This is a 'cheaters' iced cappuccino," says Christy. "Very easy to make, and very good!" You'll shake up instant coffee, sugar, and water in a sealable jar. When it's nice and foamy, pour it over ice and fill with milk.
"Coffee brewed slowly in cold water is less acidic than hot brewed," explains Cazuela. "You can use this concentrate straight over ice or microwave half a mug of coffee and then add a half cup of boiling water for quick hot coffee. Develop your own ratio of coffee to water for your custom brew."
When a coffee drink heads in a decidedly dessert-style direction, we've got no beef. Go heavy on the ice and make the brain freeze last a little longer.
Strong coffee over ice with sweetened condensed milk is an unbeatable Southeast Asian treat. "We learned this in Vietnam," say Joseph and Joyanna, "and now drink almost all our espresso this way. Serve it on hot summer days or as an evening treat."
Cocoa, almond milk, and chocolate syrup get the day off to a sweet start. "I tried this and fell in love," says yellwdaisy. "The almond milk gives it a smooth taste. And I like the fact you don't have to feel guilty for enjoying such a flavorful drink."
This ingenious recipe starts with coffee ice cubes! You'll blend the coffee ice cubes with soy milk, chocolate syrup, a little peanut butter, some vanilla extract, and no-calorie sweetener until frothy. "This was great," says Tammy. "Just enough coffee, chocolate and peanut butter flavor."
"A sweet treat iced cold brew coffee is a flavorful perk-up any time of day," says RainbowJewels.
11. Mocha Smoothie
Combine coconut milk, coffee, sugar, hot chocolate mix, and vanilla extract with ice and blend until smooth. "I love it," says Phyllis. "I don't have to pay those high prices anymore, when everything is here at home for one of my favorite drinks."