Coffee recipes usually involve hot coffee, but there are many different ways to make an iced coffee as well. Before we take that sharp turn into the winter months, take a look at our best practices for making the perfect iced coffee (The Cold Toddy) and then dive in to some of the most adventurous iced coffee recipes we have seen in a long time. These are ideal for the next time you want some chilled coffee.
Honey Coffee over Ice
This is a lightly sweetened iced coffee that is creamy with milk and served over ice cubes. It uses instant coffee crystals, so you should keep this one handy for those hot days when you don't want to brew any fresh (and hot) coffee.
|•||3 tablespoons of instant coffee crystals|
|•||1/4 cup hot water|
|•||1/4 cup liquid honey|
|•||4 cups milk|
Stir the coffee crystals in the hot water until completely dissolved. Then add the honey, and mix until well blended together. Add the next measure of cold water and milk. Pour over ice to serve. (makes 4 servings)
Coffee Ice Cream Fizz
An old-fashioned ice cream float but with added creaminess and plenty of coffee.
|•||3 cups coffee, cold|
|•||1 cup heavy cream|
|•||4 scoops of vanilla ice cream|
Mix the coffee and cream together, and pour into 4 tall glasses (about 1 cup in each). Add a generous scoop of ice cream to each one, and then top off with enough club soda to fill the rest of the glass or just enough to add enough fizz for your liking. (makes 4 servings)
Coffee and Cloves
This is another creamy type of iced coffee recipe that has the spicy tang of cloves and cinnamon to it. You can use milk instead of cream if you want a less fattening drink but it won't be as rich.
|•||2 cups coffee, chilled|
|•||2 cups light cream|
|•||6 whole cloves|
|•||2 sticks of cinnamon, broken|
In a bowl or pitcher, mix the whole spices into the coffee and leave it in the fridge for at least an hour (two or three is better). After it's done steeping, strain out the spices and mix in the cream. Add a little brown sugar if you want it sweetened. Serve alone or poured over ice cubes. (makes 4 servings)
Chocolate and raspberry do go wonderfully together, especially in an iced coffee. You will need some flavored syrups for this one though.
|•||1/2 ounce chocolate syrup|
|•||1/2 ounce raspberry syrup|
|•||1/2 cup chilled coffee|
|•||1/2 cup milk|
Add the 2 syrups to your coffee and stir well to dissolve. Add milk, and serve over ice cubes. Syrups don't always dissolve in cold coffee, so you may want to start with hot coffee and then chill after you've added them. (makes 1 serving)
Classic Cafe au Lait Iced Coffee
If you're not looking for anything fancy, and just want to know how to make an iced coffee, try this one. It's based on the milk and coffee recipe for Cafe au Lait, but served chilled.
|•||2 cups coffee|
|•||2 cups milk or light cream|
|•||2 cups crushed ice|
Combine everything in a blender and mix until foamy. (makes 4 to 6 servings)