If your morning starts like many people, your wake up comes from the first sip of coffee and as you complete the first cup–or sometimes the second or third cup–you’re finally ready to accept the world and face the day. However, during the hot muggy days of summer, that steaming cup of coffee leaves much to be desired, so you often have to make a decision to either increase your body temperature much higher and sweat even more or go without your caffeine jumpstart in the morning. Of course, there’s one other option and that’s delicious iced coffee.
Iced coffee is the same from regular coffee. It may be caffeinated or decaf. You can drink it with milk-which can then become a latte if made with espresso–or simply iced cream and coffee. You can add sugar to it as you would regular coffee, but add the sugar to the coffee or espresso before you pour it on the ice.
There is a disagreement among iced coffee aficionados concerning the proper manner of making this drink The procedures vary among coffee baristas, also. Some just make a pot of coffee, letting it cool slightly and then pour it over ice. Others make the coffee stronger to compensate for the water from the melted ice. Some coffee shops make pots of regular coffee and then cool it in the refrigerator overnight and pour it directly on ice when a customer orders. No matter what way you make it; it is a wonderful cool way to get your summer caffeine fix on a hot day.
While iced tea was always the most popular summer drink, iced coffee is now moving quickly up the popularity ladder to pass tea. Part of this reason is that the new iced coffee beverages that taste more like an ice cream delight than a cup of coffee. The craze may have begun with frappuccinos and then sailed out to frozen lattes and other cold coffee delights. A Frappuccino is very similar to a cappuccino just blended with ice and topped with delicious whipped cream–if you desire. Sometimes, additional flavorings added to the Frappuccino make a much more exotic drink. Mocha, caramel and vanilla are some of the favorites. When you add extra steamed milk, it becomes an iced latte or invert how that you add the ingredients, putting the milk in before the espresso and you have a macchiato.
Whether you enjoy your ice cold coffee straight up, with cream and sugar, extra flavoring or make it into a Frappuccino, iced coffee is the perfect way to enjoy your favourite wake up drink and remain cool at exactly the same time.