Iced coffee is one refreshing way to get your caffeine intake over the dog days of summer, but why limit yourself to a simple cup of chilled Joe when there are so many other delicious things you can do with a brew? Here are three fresh treats to cool you down and perk you up, and they’re as easy to make as your morning cup of coffee.
Scales and burr grinders and exact coffee-to-water ratios—coffee “experts” always talk about the need to be precise in coffee brewing, even when you’re just making yourself a cup in the morning, before you even change out of your pajamas. The reason is more than simply taste-related, though of course everyone who loves to drink coffee deserves the best possible brew, no matter the method and no matter your budget.
Can you drink a martini out of a highball glass? Technically you can drink a martini out of any vessel you want, but the experience is probably slightly changed. Just like certain cocktails taste more “right” when served in specific barware, some coffees seem to call out for particular brewing methods. Though you can prepare any coffee any way (yes, even as espresso!) here are a few pairings that can maximize your maker.
Everybody’s Irish on St Paddy’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a fresh take on Irish coffee? The cocktail, which rose to prominence in the 1940s, is typically a mix of hot brewed coffee sweetened with sugar, a tipple of Irish whiskey, and a dash of fresh cream or whipped cream. And while there’s nothing wrong with a classic Irish coffee—we’re including a recipe here because how could we not!—why stop there?
Most of us spend more time at work than anywhere else. That makes the creature comforts of the office even more important, and the coffee break can be the ultimate day-maker or day-breaker. If you and your deskmates are struggling in the coffee department, and don’t have one of those big fancy espresso machines in the office, now is the time to bring a little caffeinated love into the workplace.
For Valentine’s Day, you might be in the habit of reaching for a bottle or two of rich, deep, tooth-staining, love-inducing red wine. And that’s all well and good! Wine is wonderful any day of the year. But for a special occasion—particularly one you’re sharing with a partner or a friend—it’s nice to mix things up (literally) with a new cocktail or two.