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Summer Cold Coffee Ideas

The weather is heating up, and with the hottest temperature last year reaching a height of 35.3 degrees Celsius! It’s a good time to start thinking about your summer drinks offerings.

2019 is set to be a hot one, with the UK having the hottest Easter weekend on record this year, hitting 25 degrees.

Take advantage of the weather and modify your menu – offer your customers the perfect antidote to those hot summer days. There’s a huge range of cold coffee drink recipes as they grow in popularity.

Iced beverage sales grew 14% between 2017 and 2018, with them expected to increase onwards into the future. It’s an exciting time for new cold coffee drinks, with new ideas and flavours being experimented with across the world.

Iced Vanilla Latte

Possibly the worlds most popular flavour, ideal for a delicious iced coffee drink. Creating it couldn’t be simpler. We previously made a helpful guide with pictures to explain how Iced Coffee is made.

Combine your cold coffee, 1/2 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup. Pour over ice and serve immediately (before the ice starts to melt!). You’re looking at the perfect summer coffee drink.

Cafe Affogato

Borderline drink, borderline dessert, an Affogato is created with vanilla ice cream or gelato, topped with a shot of hot espresso. The word Affogato means “drowned” in Italian, which where it gets its name from.

Combine this with a flavoured syrup, fruit or even liqueur and you’ve got a customised flavourful dessert/drink to try out. It’s a simple but effective idea of combining two delicious ingredients to make something even tastier!

Thai Iced Coffee

Also known as Oliang, Thai Iced Coffee is traditionally brewed with a tungdtom, which is a specialist coffee filter, similarly used to create Thai tea too.

It can be created by adding 2 teaspoons of ground cardamom to ground coffee before brewing it. Then add 4 tablespoons of sugar and a teaspoon of almond flavoured syrup.

Once it’s cooled, add to half a glass of crushed ice, and add a tablespoon of cream to add a finishing touch. Iced Coffee the Thai way.

Coffee Shake

This one needs some extra equipment (a blender) but it’s worthwhile for the delicious results you can achieve!

Brew an espresso shot and allow it to cool. Then combine this with 180ml of milk, 1 scoop of Hot Chocolate powder and 4 large scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Blend the mixture together until super smooth and serve immediately for the best results. Nothing beats an ice cold shake on a hot summers day!

Cold Brew Coffee

This classically cool concoction is brewed cold – the acidic notes are tampered and so other sweeter notes are brought to the fore. It’s perfect for summer and it’s enjoying a surge in popularity.

Creating this drink takes a bit of pre-planning and organisation, but once you’ve got the process just right, it should only take a few minutes to create.

We’ve written a guide on how to make your own Cold Brew coffee here on our blog.

And last of all – why not try getting creative? With a wide range of possible ingredients and methods, its always possible to create something new and unique to your coffee shop. You could try a shot of a flavoured Sweetbird Syrup, a drizzle of sauce, a topping or a special mixture of unique ingredients.