4 Best Refreshing Summer Coffee Drinks

I live in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Lake City Coffee is a mere 60 miles south of the Canadian boarder, yet today it was over 100 degrees and 26% humidity. In this heat, I don't care if it's the smoothest and best coffee in the world, if it's hot, I'm not interested. With this kind of weather, I want my coffee ice cold. So below, I've listed my 4 favorite refreshing summer coffee drinks. I love these recipes, and I think you will too.

Cold Brew With A Sweet & Spicy Twist

This is one of my favorite summer coffee drinks. If you haven’t tried cold brew you should.  It’s super smooth and naturally sweet.  This is a great “party” drink.  Fast, easy, cheap, and great tasting. This recipe is an extract from a blog post my sister Karen wrote titled “Cold Brewed Coffee Helped Me To Lose Over 30 Pounds”.  It’s a real hoot and worth the read.  Try this cold fresh coffee recipe.

  • Start with our fresh roasted coffee beans; dark, medium, white, or decaf
  • Medium Grind
  • 1 Quart Mason Jar
  • 1 Cup ground coffee
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp chocolate extract
  • 1/8 tsp orange extract
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • Fill with water
  • Put it in the fridge at night and wait for the magic to occur.  It takes a minimum of 8 hours.  You must plan ahead.  Cold coffee is NOT the same as cold brew.

When you’re ready to serve your cold-brew, you can strain the coffee through cheese cloth, drip coffee machine filter, pour over filter, sieve, or just carefully pour off the top 2/3, leaving the sludge in the bottom.

Beer & Coffee

On a hot summer day, nothing beats an ice cold beer. On the other hand, I enjoy a good cold-brew coffee too. With which shall I start the day? Wait! Why don't I have both? Better yet, how about I combine the two together? Great idea Russell. Fortunately, I'm not the first to think of this great combination. Americans have been combining their coffee and beer for decades. Here's how I do it.

  • Start with our fresh roasted coffee beans.  Use whichever roast that you prefer. It doesn't really matter. This all about what you like.
  • You can use just about any coffee brewing method. Just make sure that it's real strong. If you don't want to wait for the coffee to cool down, you might consider concentrated cold brew.
  • Whatever brewing method you use, just make sure that it's cold. And for God's sake, don’t add ice. You don’t want to dilute the coffee.
  • What beer is best?  Whatever you like.  I’m partial to manly dark beers, but my wife loves clear “girl beers”.  So, use what you like.
  • When you’re ready, start mixing.
  • Some people will want a little beer with their coffee, others will want a little coffee with their beer. I personally like 25% coffee and 75% beer.
  • It’s a fun drink for any hot summer party.

Tequila Sunrise or Sunset

Tequila and beer
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What’s a summer party without some Mexican food?  And if you’re going to eat Mexican, then you have to drink Mexican.  Right?   And what’s more Mexican than Tequila?   This is one of the best cold fresh coffee recipes.  It's like eating pizza and drinking beer.  They just go together.

Here's a tip for you. If it's getting past 3PM, then definitely use decaf coffee. Caffeine has a half-life of 6 hours. So, if you drink 100 milligrams of caffeine at 6PM, by Midnight, your body is still going to have 50 milligrams of caffeine in your blood. Which may prevent you from drinking. Fortunately, our decaf coffee tastes just about as good as our regular coffee.

  • Start with our fresh roasted coffee beans.  Use whichever roast that you prefer. It doesn't really matter. This all about what you like.
  • You can use just about any coffee brewing method. Just make sure that it's real strong. If you don't want to wait for the coffee to cool down, you might consider concentrated cold brew.
  • Whatever brewing method you use, just make sure that it's cold. And for God's sake, don’t add ice. You don’t want to dilute the coffee.
  • 1-2 ounces very strong coffee
  • 1 ounce blanco tequila
  • 1 Tbs honey or sugar
  • 1 Tbs Grand Marnier
  • Ice (optional)

Best Kahlua On The Planet!

OK, granted, you have to plan this ahead of time, because it takes a while to make. But it's worth the wait.

  • 3 Cups Very Strong Lake City Coffee
  • 3 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Cups Graygoose Vodka (Top Shelf)
  • 1-2 Vanilla Beans
  • Shake Daily
  • Let Stand 1 Month

For the full article check out "Best Kahlua Coffee Recipe"

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