There’s no better way to beat the heat than by sipping an ice-cold coffee. The caffeine that comes with it is an added bonus! With so many flavors and styles to choose from, however, picking your next favorite drink can seem like a daunting task. We’ve made that decision easier for you by gathering some of the best coffee variations for summer, so don’t be afraid to try one (or all) of these out.
10. Cafe Affogato
This drink combines some of our two favorite things, coffee, and dessert! The base of this coffee is a scoop of ice-cream or gelato that’s “drowned” in espresso. Trying your hand at one of these will satisfy your caffeine and sweet tooth cravings.
9. Vanilla Iced Coffee
A great way to spice up ordinary iced coffee is by adding a splash of vanilla to it. The flavor isn’t too heavy, keeping this drink light and refreshing. For best results, it’s recommended to use freshly ground coffee.
8. Pioneer Woman Iced Coffee
If you’re a fan of nitro cold brew coffee, then you’ll love this easy to make a variation. You’ll only need coffee with grounds, cold water, half and half, and condensed milk to make this delicious treat! In order to keep the coffee grounds from in with your drink, you can use a cheesecloth to filter them.
7. Iced Horchata Latte
A glass of ice cold horchata is sure to make anyone’s day better, especially when adding espresso! The shot or two of espresso transforms your horchata into an iced horchata latte. This drink is one of the easiest to make, and the most rewarding.
6. Bee’s Knees Over Ice
This list wouldn’t be complete without a few eye-catching items, with this recipe being one of them. To create an iced variation of the “Bee’s Knees”, combine espresso, milk, lavender, honey, simple syrup, and rosemary. Pour over ice and you’re ready to go.
5. Iced Comfy Chair
This drink combines the best of both worlds by acting as a coffee and tea hybrid. Its main ingredient is Lapsang Souchong, a smoky black tea from China, combined with espresso, milk, black walnut bitters and simple syrup.
4. Coffee on Nitro
Although this drink would be difficult to make at home, it’s so worth the trip to your local coffee shop or grocery store for a try. This drink pairs cold brew with nitrogen gas, giving you cascading bubbles, smooth foam and a dose of caffeine. What’s not to love!
3. Thai Iced Coffee
This tried and true iced coffee is at its best when made with a dark roast or full-bodied flavor. Add a spicy-sweet kick to this drink by using cardamon pods.
2. Coffee Tonic
To create an espresso tonic at home, simply combine espresso and tonic water over ice. For added fizz, increase the tonic ratio and sip on.
1. Iced Spanish Latte
To up your usual coffee game, try making an iced Spanish latte this summer. The bitterness of the coffee is offset by the sweetness of condensed milk and a dash of cinnamon. This can either be served as a dessert beverage or a stand-alone drink.
Try one or all of these recipes and enjoy a refreshing drink all summer long!