Summer is finally here, and as temperatures rise coffee-lovers are switching up their morning brew for something a little more refreshing.
Nowadays there are so many different chilled coffee drinks out there, you could treat yourself to a new luxury beverage every weekday - all from the comfort of your own home.
Becoming your own favourite barista is a fun hobby that saves you money and time. Try starting with a simple Iced Coffee then work your way up to an Iced Caramel Macchiato or luscious Dalgona Whipped Coffee.
Besides, it’s so satisfying to enjoy everything homemade.
Making your own coffee allows you to pick your favourite beans and brewing technique.
For our fellow coffee-drinkers wanting a caffeine fix while staying cool, check out some of these favourite summer drink recipes below featuring our recommended Bean Around The World coffees.
Refreshing Coffee Recipes
Iced Coffee with Bean Around The World's Guatemala Santa Clara Medium Roast
Flavour Profile: Chocolate, Caramel, Sweet
This is the OG of summer coffee drinks. This is definitely the easiest recipe of the bunch … but don’t let that fool you. Add a splash of half-and-half and a pump of simple syrup to take your iced coffee to the next level.
- 1 cup coffee, chilled or at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons half and half (optional)
- Brew coffee and set aside to cool.
- Once room temperature, pour coffee over ice.
- Add your choice of milk, cream or plant milk and/or simple syrup.
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Combine sugar and 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Iced Caramel Macchiato
Luxury in a bevvie. A coffee shop favourite, this is a heavenly balance of caffeine and caramel goodness … and now you can make it at home.
- ⅓ cup of cold milk
- 2 shots espresso
- Caramel Sauce
- Vanilla Syrup
- Start by putting a little vanilla syrup in the bottom of your cup, then add ice so that the cup is almost 3/4 full.
- Slowly pour the milk over the ice then add your two shots of espresso.
- Drizzle caramel sauce over top to your heart’s content!
Whether you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up or a sweet afternoon treat, you’ll fall in love with this iced mocha recipe.
- 1 cup coffee, chilled or at room temperature
- 1 cup half-and-half
- ¼ cup chocolate syrup
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Combine coffee, half-and-half and chocolate syrup (handshaken or blender is best).
- Pour the mixture over ice, then top with whipped cream.
Cold Brew Latte
This recipe takes some planning ahead but is well worth the effort. Supercharge the latte with some ice and cold brew.
- 1 cup cold brew coffee
- 1 cup milk
- Sugar or simple syrup (optional)
- First step is to make your cold brew which can take anywhere from 8-14 hours so allow yourself plenty of time for this recipe.
- Alternatively, you can use Bean Around The World’s Cold Brew!
- In a tall glass, add ice cubes to about halfway, then pour cold brew coffee over ice.
- Add sugar or simple syrup if desired; stir.
- Cold foam your milk with a milk frother, pour in the glass and serve immediately.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
This traditional coffee from Vietnam is also known as cà phê đá. It is made using medium to coarse ground dark roast coffee with a small metal Vietnamese drip filter. Condensed milk is commonly used to sweeten Vietnamese iced coffee.
- 2 tablespoons medium to coarse coffee grounds
- 2 tablespoons condensed milk
- Boil water, remove from heat to cool a bit while you measure out your coffee grounds.
- Spoon the coffee into the Vietnamese coffee maker.
- Wet the grounds with about a tablespoon of the hot water.
- Screw on the press, finger tight. Pour in the remaining hot water and cover.
- The coffee will slowly drip into the cup. It should take approximately3-5 minutes to finish brewing.
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Pour condensed milk in a separate glass, add hot coffee and mix well.
- Pour coffee mixture over ice and enjoy!
Delightful Coffee Toppers
Still craving more?
Try adding these treats to your coffee drinks to give them that final barista touch.
Coffee Ice Cubes
While ice is required for all of our favourite summer drinks, it tends to dilute the coffee, making those last sips more watery and less satisfying. Swap your ice for coffee ice cubes to keep your drink chilled and strong.
It’s as easy as you think it is:
- Take your brewed coffee, whether you brew a fresh batch or use leftover coffee. 16 ounces should be enough to fill most ice cube trays.
- Fill your ice cube trays and allow 4-5 hours for the cubes to freeze.
- Once frozen the cubes will keep for up to two weeks.
Cold foam is cold, frothed milk, made without heat or steam, for iced drinks. This thick and creamy meringue-like topping is ideal for layering over the top of iced cold brew, nitro coffee, and iced lattes.
Believe it or not, non-fat milk is best used for cold foam.
There are a couple ways to aerate nonfat milk. You can invest in fancy milk frothers, but common kitchen tools such as a french press or blender will also do the trick.
Hand Frother Method:
Whisk milk and optional sweetener using a handheld milk frother. It should take about 20 seconds to get fluffy cold foam. Pour cold foam on top of iced beverage.
French Press Method:
Put cold milk and optional sweetener into a French press. Place lid and move the plunger up and down until desired consistency. Pour cold foam on top of iced beverage.
Flavoured Cold Foam
You can get creative with your cold foam! Add your favourite flavour or try something new.
Which of the following do you want to try?
- Vanilla cold foam: Combine vanilla syrup and milk to make vanilla sweet cream cold foam.
- Caramel cold foam: Caramel adds a sweet touch.
- Salted caramel cold foam: Sweet and salty caramel is perfect on cold brews.
- Chocolate cold foam: For chocolate lovers, chocolate cold foam is delicious on mochas.
- Pumpkin cream cold foam: Flavour cold foam with fall’s signature pumpkin spic by using pumpkin spice syrup.
- Matcha cold foam: A green tea twist to cold foam.
Your turn to get creative!
We hope this blog inspires you to try making your favourite coffee shop drinks at home.
Which one do you want to try first?
Let us know in the comments.