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Summer Iced Coffee Recipes: Cooling Off With Creative Caffeine Concoctions!

Written by Sandra Stelmach  |  03. August 2013

For many of us, the first thing we do when we get up from our comfy beds is make ourselves a cup of coffee. Coffee is the source of our energy for those muggy mornings. According to WebMD, an average 8 oz. cup of coffee will have about 100 milligrams of caffeine (depending on how the coffee is brewed) which helps us to start our day and gives us the boost we need to continue pushing on through. 
 
Coffee is much more than just a caffeine source to help keep us awake - it also has a social aspect to it. Most of the time, we serve a cup of coffee with dessert when guests come over, or we grab a cup of coffee when we run into someone we have not seen for a while. It is the perfect way to pass time with friends or coworkers in the office. 
 
With a wide variety of preparation styles such as cappuccino, macchiato, latte, and espresso to expansive choices in flavor including Colombian, dark roast, and Sumatra to coffee flavors such as vanilla, caramel, chocolate, hazelnut and many more, coffee is an art in itself with numerous variations. 
 
There are plenty of coffee shops all around Long Island that make it hard to resist grabbing a cup while on the go. However, buying a coffee pot to treat yourself to a cup in the afternoon at the office will sure get you a lot more than a bang for your buck. Not only will it be cheaper but it may make the office more social. Summer is here and hot brewed coffee is not always pleasant with the beaming sun in the sweltering summer.
 
We’ve put together for you some quick and easy iced coffee recipes without having to go to the coffee shop and that will entertain your guests. But, these aren’t your average morning cup of Joe. Just adding a little a twist to your basic coffee routine is sure to make your head spin head over heels for coffee.
 
For all you coffee addicts and lovers, we got some sweet and cool coffee recipes for this summer that are sure to help you can chill out without breaking the bank with LongIsland.com’s 2013 Summer Iced Coffee Recipes! 
 
1. Cappuccino Cooler
Refresh yourself on a hot day with this simple pick me up mix for the late evening or early in the morning. 
 
For 4 servings (6 oz), prepare:
  • 1 1/2 cups coffee (cold)
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate ice cream
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • crushed ice
  • whipped cream
 
Directions:
Brew 1 ½ cups of coffee and chill. When coffee becomes cold, mix the coffee, chocolate ice cream and syrup in a blender until the mix becomes smooth. Then, you can either blend ice in the blender with the mix or pour the mix into glasses filled with crushed ice. Put whip cream on top. Serve!
 
2. Caffe Mocha
This delightful blend of chocolate and cappuccino coffee is sure to satisfy both cravings without even having to brew any coffee!
 
For two servings, prepare:
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 12 ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • whipped cream
 
Directions:
In a blender, mix the milk, sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and coffee granules with ice and blend until smooth. Take a glass and pour chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass. Pour in the coffee mix and top it off with whipped cream. Serve!
 
3. Coffee Cooler
This low-calorie coffee milkshake is a great way to get rid of that leftover coffee in the pot and can sure pack a punch with the banana. 
 
For two servings, you will need:
  • 2/3 cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • 3/8 (.55 ounce) package hot cocoa mix
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 3/8 banana (cut into chunks)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/4 ice cubes
 
Directions:
Mix the coffee, milk, hot cocoa mix, sugar, banana, vanilla extract and ice in a blender until the mix becomes smooth and foamy. Serve!
 
4. Coffee Smoothie 
Smoother than your average cup of coffee, but not quite smooth enough to be a smoothie - this hybrid concoction offers the best of both worlds by adding a taste of dessert to your morning routine! 
 
For two servings, you will need: 
  • 1 cup coffee (cold)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup chocolate ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
 
Directions:
In a blender, combine the coffee, milk, chocolate ice cream, cinnamon and ice and keep blending until the mixture becomes smooth. Serve!
 
5. Brown-sugar & Caramel Iced Latte
Hit two birds with one stone by satisfying that sweet tooth and sugar and caffeine craving with this iced summer delight.
 
For two servings, prepare:
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons caramel topping
  • 1-1/2 cups brewed coffee (hot)
 
Directions:
Stir brown sugar into half-and-half until dissolved. Whip with a small whisk. In a mug or glass, pour the coffee and stir in caramel. Pour the whipped half-and-half into the coffee. Serve!
 
After Dinner Coffee Delight! 
Gingerbread Coffee recipe
Some summer days are not always hot like other days, so 
Not everyone is a fan of iced coffees and prefer to stick to the standard hot and steaming coffee. So, we put this 
 
For two servings, you will need:
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups hot brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup sweetened whipped cream
 
Directions:
Using a small bowl, mix together the molasses, brown sugar, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon until it is well blended. Then refrigerate while covered for roughly 10 minutes. Add about ¼ cup of coffee to each cup (depending on number of servings you are making) and stir in about a tablespoon of the chilled mixture until it dissolves. Then, fill the cups with coffee with an inch left from the top of the cup. Stir in the half and half to the taste. Top it off with whipped cream and some cloves. Serve!
 
 
All these can be personalized to your preference - feel free to add your own twists and preferences to suit your palate and to spice these up more!
 
Let us know what you think of these summer iced coffee recipes and share some of your own on our Long Island Summer Drinks Discussion Forum
 

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