Summer is here, and it is hot out! For those who love coffee but cannot stand the heat, here are 6 DIY iced coffee recipes to try out.
A Note Before Getting Started
Before reading our recipes, please note you can change these to suit your own tastes. Iced coffee can mean either on ice or blended if you prefer.
If you are going for the on-ice route, depending on how much you are using, determine whether you’d like to have the ice in your glass or mug before pouring the coffee or adding ice after the coffee. Little things like this can sometimes affect the taste of your iced coffee! Too much can make it too watery and too little may melt the ice too quickly if you are pouring fresh hot coffee on it.
Don’t worry too much about it though; just have fun finding your own taste!
1. Simple Iced Home Brew
Brew your favorite coffee and let cool to room temperature.
If you have wondered about the coffee shops’ syrup pumps, here is how you can make your own simple sugar.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine ½ cup of sugar with 1 cup water and stir until dissolved. When cooled completely, stir in ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Pick your favorite glass or mug and fill with ice (straw is optional). Add about a cup of room temperature coffee and 2 tablespoons of half and half (or your preferred milk or cream) and simple syrup to taste.
2. Homemade Coffee Mocha Frappe
Brew your favorite coffee and let it cool to room temperature. Add 1 cup of ice, about 1 and ½ cups of coffee, 2 tablespoons of your preferred milk or cream, and about a tablespoon of chocolate syrup to a blender. Blend until the drink reaches your preferred consistency. Pour into your favorite glass or mug, add a straw, and enjoy.
3. Condensed Milk Iced Coffee
If you would like to try something different, this recipe is for you. In several countries, it is tradition to drink coffee with condensed milk for a sweet and creamy taste. For iced coffee, just add to your glass of ice or blend for a creamy smooth concoction. Not to fret if you don’t have an espresso maker! You can brew espresso in your regular coffee maker; just be sure of how much you are putting in your filter as to determine the strength you’d prefer.
4. Vanilla Ice Cream Coffee Frappe
Combine 2 scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream, 1 cup of your favorite brewed coffee (room temp), ½ cup of ice, and a splash of cream or milk in a blender. Blend and then pour into your glass and enjoy!
5. Iced Coffee with Cinnamon Coffee Cubes
Pour your favorite brewed coffee (cooled to room temp) into an ice cube tray. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top and let freeze overnight. Choose your favorite glass and pop some coffee cubes in, top with fresh coffee (cooled) and a splash of milk or cream. Add a cinnamon stick for an optional garnish!
A popsicle with coffee is still considered iced coffee! You can choose to be bold and use fresh mint, or go simple with caramel, chocolate, or just straight up coffee.
Grind 1 & ½ cups of coffee beans and place the grounds into a large pitcher. Add 3 cups of cold water, stir, cover, and let steep for 12-24 hours. Strain the coffee and then add 2-4 tablespoons of brown sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
In your popsicle mold, place a few mint leaves or caramel or chocolate syrup into each mold (or omit if you are going for straight up coffee). Top each mold with a few tablespoons of half and half or your desired milk or cream. Freeze for 15-20 minutes until it is slightly firm. Insert a popsicle stick into each mold and freeze another 20 minutes until set. Then pour your sweetened coffee into the molds and freeze until firm, about 30-40 minutes. Voila, coffeesicles!
‘Favorite brewed coffee’ is repeated in each recipe, since every person’s preference for their cup of coffee is different from one to the next. Decaf, light, or medium roast coffee is perfect for iced coffee and go for espresso if you like something on the dark side. Now is the perfect time of year to try some new things and spice up your summer day with a cool iced coffee!
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