Iced Coffee Recipes – Unique Flavorings for Special Treats
Options for iced coffee are as many and varied as the delicious pastries you have with them. You don’t have to spend a fortune at a high-priced coffee shop, or invest in fancy equipment to enjoy your favorite drink. If you have a French Press, you can cold brew your coffee to cut acidity and add sweetness to your beverage. There are plenty of ways to dress up coffee from your traditional coffee maker, too, without watering it down into a tasteless iced debacle.
The Vietnamese add flavor to iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk – choose the amount that tastes best to you. Make your own version of an Italian classic by matching your iced coffee with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. For a do-it-yourself Mocha Frappe, combine equal parts cold coffee (the stronger, the better) and cold whole milk. Add chocolate syrup and sugar to taste, and then use your blender to combine it all with a cup of ice. For a little zing, add some real vanilla extract, which will cut the sweetness with a delectable hint of vanilla.
A quick and easy iced cappuccino doesn’t have to come with a high price tag. Use a couple of teaspoons of instant coffee mixed with three tablespoons of warm water, then pour into a full glass of ice cold milk. Shake vigorously in a sealed container, or use your blender to crush some ice with it. A little cinnamon on top will make it extra-special, and at only pennies a serving, you can enjoy this treat every day without breaking the bank.
A final tip – as promised – a hint for preventing your ice coffee from losing its punch when the ice melts. After you brew your coffee, put a few cups aside and refrigerate until they are room temperature or cooler. Then pour into an ice cube tray and freeze overnight. Voila! Coffee ice cubes that won’t water down your drink.
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