Looking for a few yummy iced coffee recipes? You’ve reached the right place. Warm, freshly brewed coffee is quintessential of a cozy morning, but hot coffee may be less appealing as the weather starts to warm up. Fortunately, you can make plenty of cold drinks to get your caffeine fix while keeping you cool.
Here are three refreshing iced coffee recipes that will keep you cool all summer.
1. Coffee Lemonade
Coffee lemonade has it all: cold, refreshing, and the classic summer lemonade stand vibes. The lemon juice also cuts through the bitterness of the coffee.
Like all of these recipes, this one tastes best with freshly brewed coffee. For the most flavorful experience, you should consider grinding the beans yourself. You don’t need expensive appliances; a simple manual coffee grinder will do.
Consider squeezing your lemons fresh, too. It takes about three lemons for a half cup of juice, and at the end, you’ll have a fun garnish.
To make coffee lemonade, you need:
- ½ cup of lemon juice
- ½ cup of coffee
- Ice cubes
- Honey or sugar
- Lemon slices (optional)
Fill a glass of your choice with ice. Pour in the lemon juice and coffee, and stir in the sweetener of your choice. This recipe goes exceptionally well with honey! Finally, garnish with a slice of lemon.
2. Mint Cold Brew
Cold brew coffee is simple and easy to make, with amazing results. The mint in this recipe is subtle, bringing to mind a breezy summer afternoon outside. If you can’t find mint syrup in stores, you can make it with sugar and mint leaves at home.
For this cold brew, you will need:
- 1 cup of coffee grounds
- 4 cups of water
- Mint syrup
- Fresh mint leaves
Combine the water and coffee grounds in a pitcher, mixing well. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 12 hours. Strain out the coffee grounds and discard them. In a glass, add several slightly crushed mint leaves. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in the coffee. Add mint syrup to taste. Mix well, garnish with a sprig of mint, and enjoy.
3. Coffee Jelly
While not strictly an iced coffee, coffee jelly is still a cool treat, perfect for hot weather. Coffee jelly originated in Japan and has gained popularity worldwide since then.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 0.25 oz of gelatin powder (usually one packet)
- 2 cups of coffee
- Three tablespoons of sugar
- Two tablespoons of hot water
- Cream: regular, condensed, or whipped (optional)
Combine the hot water and gelatin powder in a bowl, mixing until dissolved. Combine the gelatin mixture, coffee, and sugar in a saucepan. Over high heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Once it cools, the jelly will set, so pour the hot liquid into either a pan or mold of your choice and refrigerate until solid, about 8 hours.
After it sets, you can cut the jelly into any shape you like. Cubes are easy and look just like ice cubes when served in cream or condensed milk for an “iced” coffee that never melts.
Check out this video to learn more:
The Secret to Iced Coffee Success
While these recipes are good, if you don’t drink them fast enough, you risk your creation being watered down by melted ice if you don’t drink them fast enough. Tired of an underwhelming finish to a great drink? Try coffee ice cubes!
You have to pour coffee, leftover or fresh brew, into an ice-cube tray. Pop it in the freezer for a few hours, and you’ll have coffee ice cubes. Use these in your iced coffee for a brew that only gets better as you drink it, or use them to turn any drink into a new recipe.
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