Coffee has entered a new era in recent years. As coffee producers, roasters, and baristas use new technologies to improve their coffee art, creativity and innovative ideas help take coffee to the next level. Who would have thought 20 years ago that we would one day mix coffee with tonic water?
A side effect of this development is that iced coffee is no longer just a dessert with a tower of whipped cream. It has become the favorite morning drink for many people. In many cafes around the world, cold coffee is now ordered all year round.
We love how people keep trying new flavors of coffee. So we asked coffee expert, Junior Vargas, to put together a few tips and tricks on how to make your own cold coffee creations.
As a former bartender, he knows how to mix things up and create original drink creations.
Here are a few recipes that Junior put together himself.
Also below are 4 tips that will help you create your own iced coffee recipes.
Before we get to the tips and tricks, here is an overview of the different preparation methods for your iced coffee creations.
Iced coffee variant 1: Cold Brew method
This is one of the most popular ways to make a cold brew, and it probably has something to do with its ease of preparation. Learn how to make the perfect cold brew in the tips and tricks further down in this post.
Iced coffee variant 2: Cold drip method
The cold drip method is something like the fast-forward version of the cold brew method. This brewing technique requires very specialized equipment. The continuous flow of drops absorbed by the coffee grounds in this method delivers a sweet and full-bodied coffee.
Iced coffee variant 3: espresso or mocha method
This is one of the classic ways to make a great cup of coffee. Hot water is pressed through finely ground coffee under extremely high pressure.
Iced coffee variant 4: The filter method
While all types of brewing techniques involve filtering, this method is also known as “low-pressure brewing,” making it the complete opposite of the espresso method. This means the resulting coffee has a much smoother, less concentrated intensity.
Which of these brewing methods you use to prepare your cold coffee depends on your personal taste.
How is iced coffee made? 4 tips to inspire you
1. Whatever the brewing method, always use quality coffee.
For the base of your cold coffee, using a high-quality coffee is the be-all and end-all. This is the only way you can enjoy the balance of sweet, sour, and bitter aromas. You will taste the difference.
And don’t forget that coffee is the key ingredient and anything you add should only complement and round out the coffee flavor.
2. Before you prepare iced coffee, you should ask yourself the following 2 questions
There are two questions to always start with when assembling your cold coffee masterpiece:
a) With milk? We recommend you to use plant-based milk – you not only reduce your carbon footprint but also give your drink a nice nutty taste.
b) With ice or without?
Once you have answered these two important questions, you can experiment with other ingredients.
However, keep in mind that the base espresso is bitter and sour (depending on the degree of roast). So choose ingredients that have a sweet note to create the right balance.
3. Experiment with herbal, floral & lemony notes
When using the cold brew or cold drip method, experiment with ingredients that add a floral, citrusy, or herbal flavor to the drink. Also, remember to add a little bit of sugar or syrup to balance it all out.
4. Four simple and popular iced coffee creations that are easy to whip up
There are four easy cold coffee recipes that you can make in no time using the espresso method or the cold brew technique. These recipes are perfect when you have friends over. Plus, you probably always have the ingredients for these recipes in your kitchen.
Espresso coffee tonic recipe
First, choose a high-quality coffee blend and a first-class tonic. Brew your coffee using the espresso or mocha method and set it aside. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes and add a slice of citrus fruit to enhance the coffee’s tart flavors. Pour the tonic while stopping two fingers at the top edge of the glass. Then slowly pour in the espresso and garnish the glass with some herbs like thyme or rosemary.
Iced latte recipe
Mix a shot of espresso, ice cubes, and milk in a tall glass. And if you really want to treat yourself, add a scoop of ice cream. Go ahead, you deserve it!
Another delicious and sweet cold coffee that is easy to make on a hot day. Prepare an espresso or mocha. Put two scoops of vanilla ice cream in a small glass and pour the coffee over it – done!
Cold-brew iced coffee
Put some coarsely ground coffee in some water (in a ratio of 1:10) and put it in the fridge for 8-12 hours. Filter the coffee (you can use any type of filter, paper, or metal) until all that is left is the delicious brewed coffee. If you really want to impress your guests, serve it with ginger beer.
Worth knowing at the end: Each gram of coffee absorbs 2 ml of water. This means if you use 100 g of coffee and 1000 ml of water you will get 800 ml of cold brew coffee.
FAQ about iced coffee
Is iced coffee just ice and coffee?
What do you call coffee with ice cubes?
Can you just add ice to coffee to make iced coffee?
Yes, you can also make a simple iced coffee by filling a glass with ice cubes and coffee and topping it up with cold milk. Or try freezing the coffee in ice cubes and pouring it directly into the cold milk, so nothing stands in the way of iced coffee enjoyment!