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Too Hot For Coffee? Ice It Down!

coffee1The summer sizzle is on and for coffee lovers that often means taking a break from their beloved beverage.  But you don’t have to!  Try iced coffee.  Here are a few tips for making a great cup or glass of iced brew:

Plan Ahead:  Brew your coffee ahead of time to give it time to cool before you prepare your iced coffee.  Some recipes call for hot coffee to start with, but if you chill it down in the refrigerator you’ll get a head start on being extra frosty.  In fact, for safety reasons you should not leave the brewed coffee sitting out for too long.  Put it in the refrigerator after it reaches room temperatures to cool it down and to keep bacteria at bay.

Use a Cocktail Shaker:   This is a nice touch if you’re serving your iced coffee drinks while entertaining guests.  Giving your drinks a little shakeup will make them extra frothy and you’ll look like a pro!

Use Coffee Ice Cubes:  Don’t let your coffee drinks get watered down by using plain ice cubes.  Freeze some coffee ahead of time in an ice cube tray.

Coffee Soda Recipe:  This is an interesting mix of rich creaminess and bubbly fizz.  It’s kind of like an ice cream float but with coffee & cream:  Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups strong coffee chilled
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 4 scoops coffee ice cream
  • 3/4 cup club soda
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • whipped cream

Preparation:  Mix coffee, sugar and half & half.  Fill 4 tall glasses about halfway.  Add 1 scoop of ice cream to each, then fill up with soda.  Top with whipped cream.  Serves 4.

Now you need a great mug to drink it out of.  May we suggest our Frosty Hector.  It’s a big 20 oz. mug that has a stainless steel interior to keep your drinks both hot and cold.  Use it for iced coffee drinks in the summer and your favorite hot brew the rest of the year!

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