How to Make Tasty Iced Beverages with Coffee

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Coffee lovers won’t give up their favorite drink just because the temperatures heat up. When summer hits and hot drinks aren’t as thirst quenching as they were in the winter – it’s time to make iced beverages with coffee. There’s nothing like an iced coffee on a hot summer day – especially if it’s jazzed up with a little extra flavor. Here are some iced coffee tips that’ll make homemade coffee drinks even tastier.

Iced Coffee Tips for Summertime Thirst Quenchers

One secret to making better iced coffee is to brew the coffee double strength. Adding ice cubes really dilutes it down and takes away that great coffee flavor. Instead of using two teaspoons of coffee in a coffee maker, double it to four. When the ice cubes are added to cool it down, it’ll still be strong enough.

Another trick to keep iced beverages made with coffee from becoming too dilute is to make coffee ice cubes. Add freshly brewed coffee to an empty ice tray and freeze them for several hours. Once they’re frozen, use them in a glass in place of regular ice cubes. Coffee ice cubes won’t dilute down a great tasting cup of iced coffee.

Make an Iced Coffee Smoothie

Add eight frozen coffee ice cubes to a blender along with a cup of milk. Stir in a tablespoon of chocolate or caramel syrup with an appropriate amount of sweetener. Blend it all together to make the ultimate iced coffee smoothie. As a healthier alternative, use skim milk for the same decadent taste without all the calories.

Iced Coffee Tips to Add More Flavor

Give iced beverages made with coffee a whole new flavor by adding flavored coffee syrups. Most coffee stores carry bottles of them or they can be purchased online in an enticing array of flavors. Flavored syrups add lots of versatility to homemade coffee drinks – and they can be added to iced coffee smoothies too. Another option is to sprinkle spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, orange zest, or powdered vanilla into ice coffee drinks. Try a few drops of almond or vanilla extract for a different variation.

A Different Type of Homemade Coffee Drink

Here’s another way to enjoy iced coffee that’s a little less conventional. Make a coffee soda by mixing a cup of freshly brewed coffee with a third of a cup of whole milk. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Pour the mixture into a glass and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream – followed by a quarter cup of seltzer water. It’s a delight to sip this concoction on a hot summer day.

Iced Coffee Tips: The Bottom Line?

Homemade coffee drinks are easy to make and just as satisfying as the ones at the coffee shops. Keep experimenting and coming up with new homemade coffee drinks to enjoy.

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Self-proclaimed coffee drinker. I would, on a typical day, start my day by grinding my coffee with a manual grinder and use a French Press as a starter (2 cups), then a pour-over in the afternoon (4 cups). I had my fair share as a barista but I prefer to drink it, not serve it.