Step aside, gin.

Coffee is now the most versatile drink on the planet. Today we’re going to be discussing the iced version of this delicious brew.

Cold coffee is just as heartwarming as its hot counterpart and even more refreshing during those summer months. It’s got all the thirst-quenching goodness and caffeine kick of a soft drink without any of the empty carbs.

Not only is it fun and refreshing, it’s entirely possible to make some creative cold coffee drinks yourself right at home!

Tips on How to Make Ice Coffee Like a Connoisseur (No Experience Required)

Iced coffee is simply regular brewed coffee or espresso that has been cooled and poured over ice.

You can take advantage of the opportunities presented to you by that leftover pot of coffee from the morning to make an icy beverage.

You can also take it a step further and make coffee specifically to use in your iced creations. An iced coffee maker like the Cusinium can help you out, but keep in mind that this will make cold brew coffee.

So which method should you use? Cold brew is delicious, but many iced coffee drinks require shots of espresso which are then cooled. Lattes and macchiatos are some of these. Although you can incorporate cold brew into pretty much any iced coffee drink, it may be better to stick with tradition when making certain drinks.

Lattes are made with a ratio of one third espresso and two thirds milk, says Leaf TV. Espresso made traditionally contains the perfect amount of flavor and caffeine to make a truly satisfying and tasty pick-me-up.

If you use weaker coffee for a drink which requires the more concentrated espresso, it may not have the desired effect. It could be weaker, failing to give you that burst of energy you need. The addition of ice will dilute the coffee even more, so you need to be extra careful.

Worried about ice diluting your perfect creations down to weak watery messes?

There is a way to ensure that your drink won’t fail during the transition from hot to cold.  First of all, ditch the Starbucks-esque method of pouring fresh hot coffee over ice. This will only serve to melt all the ice down and ruin the coffee, says WikiHow.

Instead, chill the latte in the fridge before serving. When the drink is cold, pour it over ice and serve.

A fool-proof system for refreshing drinks that don’t get watered down with time is the ice-cube solution. The only reason ice cubes dilute iced coffee is because they are made of water.

But what if they were made of coffee?

Freeze coffee into ice cubes, and it won’t water down your iced coffee. Coffee cubes will only serve to enhance your drink, adding more coffee flavor and caffeine with time.

You don’t have to make espresso cubes (but you can!), you can simply brew a regular pot of your favorite coffee. Let it cool down to room temperature, then pour it into an ice-cube tray and set it in the freezer.

You’ll have coffee cubes whenever you need them!

Artisan Iced Coffee Drink Ideas and Inspiration

Now that you know the basics, you can go over some iced favorites and how you can make them in your own home.

  • Iced Latte: Brew a shot of espresso, or two if you’d like a double. Set the espresso aside to cool and, once it’s down to room temperature, set it in the fridge. You can choose to steam the milk as you would for a hot latte drink to make a thicker and foamier beverage. 

You can also just wait until the espresso is done cooling and pour in cold milk. Add simple syrup or any number of flavorings to create an unforgettable treat. Don’t forget your coffee cubes!

  • Blended Coffee Cocktail: This one can be made from any leftover pot of coffee you’ve got laying around. Pour the coffee into a blender with coffee ice cubes. You can also use regular ice cubes if you’re looking to have a more laid-back afternoon.

Add milk or cream to the blender, and as much sugar or simple syrup as you like. If you’re looking to enjoy an adult-style cocktail, add some Bailey’s or Kahlua into the mix for a sweet flavor.

  • Thai Iced Coffee: A Thai Iced coffee contains sweetened condensed milk, strongly brewed drip coffee and cardamom if you like it. It’s easy to brew the coffee with the cardamom pods inside your brewing device (whichever one that may be) to infuse the flavor into the coffee

Then simply let it cool down to room temperature and refrigerate it. Pour about a half inch of sweetened condensed milk into a tall glass, add ice cubes and pour the coffee over it. Voila! The result is a beautiful layered masterpiece.

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