My husband is one of those people who drinks iced coffee all year around and, honesty, I don’t get it. Nothing beats a piping hot cup of coffee first thing on a cold morning. But it’s cold no more and I’m ready to join him—because nothing beats an ice cold coffee first thing on a warm morning. Especially one of these crazy delicious iced coffee recipes.
Break out the cold brew and make sure your ice cube trays are full. Iced coffee season has arrived.
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We have to start with a classic iced coffee recipe: the Magical Coffee (above) that we found over at Food52. They say that you take a sip and “die of happiness.” Well, I’m still here, yet I wholeheartedly stand behind their claims. So, yea, try this.
I admit that I’m not one for flavored hot coffee—other than the occasional pumpkin spice latte (I know, but who can resist on those first chilly days)—but I’m all for flavored iced coffee. Somehow, it just works for me. If you’re with me, try this fresh take on the iced latte: a Mint Iced Coffee at How Sweet It Is. Not only is this a fresh idea (I’ve never seen one before!), but it’s also made with fresh mint, which lends a super fresh flavor that’s perfect for a morning pick-me-up.
Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee | Kitchen Treaty
Maybe you’re looking for an old favorite—and to save some money. Making this Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee that we found at Kitchen Treaty has you covered on both fronts. Make a quick syrup with warm cinnamon, maple, and brown sugar flavors to keep you in your refrigerator and you can start every day (or treat yourself every afternoon) with this coffee house staple.
Related: 5 killer copycat coffee drinks.
Years ago, while traveling around Vietnam, I feel in love with Vietnamese coffee, which is brewed in a simple, but special device and stirred with sweetened condensed milk. Over at Sweet Paul, I found a simple recipe for Vietnamese Iced Coffee that brings all the same flavor of the traditional version, but using much easier to find ingredients (regular iced coffee and half & half). Plus, it’s redolent with my favorite spices: cinnamon and cardamom. If you can’t find coconut sugar, regular granulated will do you just fine.
Ashley at Sugar & Cloth keeps her recipe for a Simple Iced Caramel Macchiato super easy by using flavored creamer, but you can use any caramel sauce or syrup combined with milk or half & half to same effect. Also, please notice the coffee bean ice cube. Genius and cute: my favorite combination.
I love this (vegan!) Chocolate Coconut Coffee Seltzer at Salt & Wind not just for its spot on flavors, but also because it’s a coffee drink that I can sip in the afternoon! See, I’m one of those folks who cannot sleep if I have any coffee after, oh, 12 noon. Yet, by 2 pm, I’m usually feeling a little tired and craving something a little sweet. (Sound familiar?) Given that I can adjust the amount of coffee way down and the amount of seltzer and coconut milk way up, this is the perfect way to liven up my afternoon—without obliterating my sleep.