Black coffee has earned an iconic place in our hearts as a perfect quick pick-me-up when your brain needs to get some heavy lifting done. However, when you balance coffee’s distinctive mix of acidic flavours and bitterness out with a rich creamer and just a whisper of sweetness, those who enjoy a treat can advance coffee to the level of a gastronomic delicacy.
Palatial, silky-smooth coffee only comes from adding high-fat milk or rich-tasting creamers to your coffee of choice. Come summer though, do we still want to be drinking only hot coffee when its chilled relative is so delightfully refreshing?
Here is some pure inspiration for sweet, creamy summer coffee sensations!
THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR ICED COFFEES: ESPRESSO
Extract your espresso as you normally would. For a large drink, this might require you to brew a double shot. From here, the espresso can be poured on to ice to make an iced espresso, which can then be mixed with milk to make an iced latte, or your espresso can be used to create a more complex drink.
High-Volume Tip: Once we get into the real summer weather, higher-volume cafes will brew a large amount of espresso into jugs, and keep them chilled in the fridge (remember to rotate your jugs for freshness!). To create a large amount of espresso at once while keeping the espresso machine available, a stove-top espresso maker often proves useful.
3 ICED COFFEE RECIPES FOR THE HOME OR CAFE
So, as summer approaches, here are three sublime options for reviving with an ice-cold coffee drink!
1. ICED BUBBLE COFFEE
An iced bubble coffee is probably the cheekiest coffee drink on this list. All you need is boba pearls and iced coffee and voila! Boba pearls come from tapioca. Check your local Asian market or go online. Simply cook the boba and pour iced coffee over the top. Heaven in ten minutes tops. So easy!
If you prefer your bubble coffee to come with a sugar hit, pour your coffee over your desired amount of sugar, stir briskly, and then add ice.
2. CHOCOLATE COFFEE SMOOTHIE
A chocolate coffee smoothie is a wonderfully healthy way to kick-start your day. It evens transforms your coffee into the perfect breakfast. Combine two tablespoons of chocolate syrup, one tablespoon of hemp seeds, eight ounces of almond milk, and a chilled double shot of espresso. Then just add ice to bring it up to 12 ounces and there you have it, breakfast is served.
The chocolate syrup is so easy to make. Combine 2/3 cup of water, 1/3 cup of raw cacao powder and 1/2 cup of sugar in a small saucepan, over medium heat until the mixture is hot and smooth. Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract for extra depth and store in the fridge.
3. ICED DIRTY CHAI
Iced dirty chai is an all-time favourite amongst cold coffee aficionados. It mysteriously combines spicy and sweet notes while being creamy and ice cold. To create iced dirty chai, begin with espresso. Then add 10 grams of chai spice. Expect to discover hints of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, cardamom, ginger, black pepper and anise. Rather than pouring your coffee over ice, pour it over 2 to 3 teaspoons of sugar and stir vigorously before adding ice. Top up with milk, or an almond or oat milk.
Cafe Tip: To take this to the next level, if your cafe serves chai tea, pre-infuse the amount of water used in your normal chai latte, and add this in place of the chai spice powder.
If those three deliciously cold coffee recipes still leave you wanting more, it’s hard to go past a homemade frappe. Frappe is simply a sweet iced coffee blended with milk and espresso. It makes the ideal, summer iced coffee treat.
An ice-cold frappe is a must-have coffee drink during summer out at the pool, beach, or even your very own backyard.
- Fresh Espresso Coffee (Chilled)
SIMPLE FRAPPE RECIPE
First, prepare an espresso. Then chill it until it has cooled down completely. Next, combine the espresso, milk, sugar and ice in a blender. Blend on low speed initially before slowly increasing the speed to high. Blend until smooth
Pour into glasses and serve immediately. Enjoy
This is a delightfully delicious icy drink, which fits right in with those hot Australian summer days when the cicadas are singing and the sound of leather ball on willow echoes through the local oval.
There’s no more refreshing way to beat Australia’s summer heat than by sipping a slightly sweet ice-cold coffee. With so many flavours and styles to choose from, you won’t lack inspiration. The caffeine hit that comes with these liquid treasures just adds to the joy! All of these recipes can be easily scaled up for use in a cafe, or simply enjoyed at home.