Iced coffee, three ways

Now spring is officially - well - sprung, we’ll be swapping our flat whites for coffee cocktails, milkshakes and the ultimate summer treat: the iced coffee. In celebration of National Coffee Week, here’s three of our favourite coffee concoctions and the kit you need to make them.

Coffee Machines Cafetières & Presses

Ultimate iced coffee


Ultimate iced coffee


At the first sign of proper sunshine, we’ll be kicking that coffee shop habit to the curb and getting clued up on cold-brewing. Swap the usual prosecco come lazy days in the park – it’ll keep cool in an insulated water bottle.

How to make it
Use a clever cold brew carafe, or combine your favourite ground coffee with cold water in a cafetière and gently stir. Freeze some of the coffee into ice cubes ready for tomorrow – that way, you won’t dilute the flavour. Refrigerate the mixture overnight, leaving the plunger in the ‘up’ position, before plunging the next morning. Fill a glass ¼ of the way with milk, then top with the chilled coffee. Add half a tea spoon of cinnamon or a few drops of vanilla essence if you have a sweet tooth, or a small pinch of sea salt flakes (trust us on this one).

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Mocha milkshake


Mocha milkshake


It’s the ultimate grown-up alternative to those questionable banana and strawberry versions you had as a child, and it couldn’t be easier. Bonus points for the homemade chocolate sauce, which makes all the difference.

How to make it
Add two teaspoons of caster sugar to three shots of cooled espresso and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add one cup of milk and four scoops of your favourite vanilla ice cream or frozen yoghurt and blend the mixture. Pour over coffee ice cubes in a tall glass and add whipped cream, cocoa and the syrup if you’re feeling decadent.

For the chocolate syrup
Break 125g good quality dark chocolate into pieces and melt with 180ml of cream in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan. Whisk together until brought to the boil. Leave to cool for several hours to give it a chance to thicken, then drizzle over the milkshake.

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Espresso martini


Espresso martini


Barista meets bartender with the evening’s answer to your daily caffeine fix. You’ve mastered taking your favourite look from day to night – now do the same for your favourite drink, in the form of a classic espresso martini.

How to make it
Mix one shot (25ml) espresso – ideally brewed with a coffee machine - with one shot vodka and two shots Kahlúa. Pour the mixture into a cocktail shaker with coffee ice cubes (see above) and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini or cocktail glass and add a coffee bean to the froth for that must-have finishing touch. Et voilà.

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