Ah, summer. Time for sandals and sand, sunshine, surf, green grass, green trees and patio umbrellas… and cocktail umbrellas, too!
If you’re a coffee connoisseur, you may be wistful for a steaming cup o’ joe (maybe with a lil’ somethin’ extra, wink wink,) but there’s no need to sweat the loss of cold weather and your favorite cozy beverage – chill out, pep up, and have your coffee on ice!
Here are five cold coffee cocktails sure to keep your summer parties going long after the sun goes down.
We’ll start by keeping it classic and simple: the martini. Shaken, not stirred. Here’s how to coffee-fy your martini.
If you feel like enjoying something a little more decadent, but still want a simple recipe, try a hazelnut version. Just swap out the Kahlua for Frangelico. Mmmm… hazelnutty.
Iced Drunken Mocha
Now that the sun is sizzling, are you missing your favorite chocolate comfort drink? Try an icy mocha with a Kahlua kick!
Pumpkin Spice Margarita
Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the best of both worlds – the refreshing zing of a margarita and the warm, spicy sweetness of a pumpkin treat that’s perfect for autumn? Well, now you can!
Dark Mint Dream
Mojitos make for minty, lime-y good times. Take out the lime and add espresso, and what have you got? Something simply divine.
Looking for another flavorful alternative to the classic mojito? It’s not made with coffee, but it does have the added tang of homemade rhubarb syrup.
Bubbly Sugar Plum
A champagne cocktail is the epitome of elegance. Jazz it up with your favorite espresso for a knockout drink, and use it to impress crowds of friends.
There you have it. Five excellent cold coffee cocktails, from the simple to the sublime. Enjoy these tasty, energizing beverages poolside, on a rooftop terrace, by the lake or in the cool comfort of your own back yard.
When your friends ask you how you got to be such a genius bartender, just smile knowingly and serve them up another round.
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About Mike Quinn
Mike Quinn spent 20 years in the US Army and traveled extensively all over the world. As part of his military service, Mike sampled coffee and tea from all virtually every geographic region, from the beans from the plantation of an El Salvadorian Army Colonel to "Chi" in Iraq to Turkish Coffee in the Turkish Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He spent nearly a decade in the Republic of Korea where he was exposed to all forms of traditional teas. Mike formerly owned and operated Cup And Brew, an online espresso and coffee equipment retail operation.