There’s nothing quite like that first sip of quality coffee in the morning to get you going for the day ahead – especially when it’s made with some of the finest coffee beans money can buy and brewed to absolute perfection. But in the summer months, there’s something about a steaming cup of java that doesn’t quite hit the spot in the usual way, and you might often find yourself craving something a little cooler.
Enter, iced coffee – the perfect summer solution when it comes to getting that much-needed caffeine hit. Cold, refreshing and the ideal partner for those long and hot summer days, the good news is that they couldn’t be quicker and easier to make at home – all it takes is a few good recipes, and you’ll be sipping your way into summer satisfaction in style.
Here, we take a look at five of the very best luxury iced coffees to try your hand at this season.
Caution: These iced coffee recipes might have you scrambling to sign up for one of the luxury coffee subscription services currently available to keep your supplies in flow – and in our opinion, rightly so.
Iced Caramel Macchiato
This first iced coffee recipe is a favourite that just about every coffee lover will love – and comes with an added sweetness that makes it feel like a bit of a treat that can be served in lieu of ice cream.
Squirt some vanilla syrup into the bottom of the glass, then fill with plenty of ice cubes to around the half-way mark – or more, if you want to make it extra cold.
Next, simply pour in the milk until the glass is almost full, then slowly pour in one shot of espresso. Finish by drizzling caramel sauce on top, and enjoy!
Mexican Cold Brew
This cold coffee recipe is popular because it combines a variety of appealing flavours, including cinnamon, coffee, and vanilla – and it couldn’t be easier to make.
In a mason jar, mix the cinnamon sticks, coffee, cloves, and water. Cover the jar and give it a good shake, then refrigerate for around 24 to 48 hours.
Once it’s ready, strain the mixture into a glass, filling to around the halfway mark, then top up with milk or water. Add vanilla and almond and a good handful of ice for the most luxurious results.
Iced Vanilla Latte
This flavourful, refreshing, and strongly brewed cold coffee is everything you need to get through the day and all those endless Zoom meetings on working-from-home days, and goes down just as nicely relaxing outside by the pool.
Freshly brewed espresso
Soy milk or cream
Fill a glass with ice cubes to the halfway point. Then, pour in a shot of vanilla syrup and top up to the ¾ point with soy milk.
Stir, then slowly pour in one shot of espresso. Stir again, then top the glass with a swirl of whipped cream and drizzle with caramel sauce to finish. It really doesn’t get more decadent than this!
Iced coffee drinks are a refreshing, energizing, and flavourful choice that’s just perfect for the summer months – and with a few added extras, can become just the kind of decadent treat you need to get you through the day. While there’s no replacement for that first sip of hot, freshly brewed coffee in the mornings, it’s the perfect choice for daytime enjoyment, and a great way to impress your guests at summer garden parties.