Cool Summer Coffees
It’s the middle of summer and in most places that means trying to stay cool. Hot coffee may not be quite what you’re looking for right now, so we’ve gathered a few recipes that can turn your daily cup of coffee into a refreshing drink to beat the heat.
Coffee Ice Cubes
Simplicity itself. Just pour some cold brewed coffee or cooled-down hot brew into ice trays, freeze, and voilà! A great compliment to your cup of iced coffee. Use interesting ice trays for fun shapes.
Southeast Asian-Style Iced Coffee
1 ½ cups good coffee, like our French Blend or Colombia Huila. Sometimes steeped like tea in a bag to desired strength, but you can simply brew your normal way with more coffee added, or to whatever strength you like. Stronger is generally better here, to match up with the sweet milk.
¼ cup Sweetened condensed milk
Ice to fill glass
Pour coffee over ice, then add condensed milk to taste.
Blended Iced Coffee
Basic recipe (coffee mug size portion)
¼ cup (2 oz) Espresso or strong coffee (try our Ainsworth Espresso )
¼ cup (2 oz) Milk
¼ cup (2 oz) Ice
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth (at least 30 sec). This recipe makes about a coffee mug full. You may want to adjust the portions to taste.
- The coffee should either be pre-cooled, or mixed with a little milk and ice until cool before putting in the blender.
- Swap out the milk for skim or half & half to lower or raise the fat content (higher fat makes it smoother and creamier…mmmm).
- Soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk can be substituted for the regular milk. This can affect the resulting final flavor, so you may want to experiment a bit.
- Ice cream can also be substituted for the milk, in any flavor that sounds yummy.
- Optional: whipped cream topper
Chocolate Blended Iced Coffee (pint glass size portion)
¼ cup+ (2-3oz) Espresso or coffee
¾ cup (6 oz) Half & half or milk of your choice.
1 Tbsp powdered cocoa (feel free to add a little more). Higher quality cocoa is better. Can substitute chocolate syrup.
8-9 ice cubes (about 1 ¼ cup)
Optional—add any of the following:
- 2-3 Tbsp sugar
- 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
- handful of chocolate chips
- mint leaves
- caramel sauce
- shot of Kahlua
- anything else that sounds good!
Combine in blender and blend until smooth. This recipe makes about a pint glass full. You may need to add the ice slowly and blend between each handful to keep the blender from getting overwhelmed.
Peanut Butter Blended Iced Coffee
Same as above, just add about 2 Tbsp well-mixed peanut butter instead of (or in addition to) the chocolate. Try it with chunky or smooth.
Let us know if you try any of these drinks, or if you have any more recipes to add!