The best iced drinks for sunny days
Try these 10 chilled drinks to sip in the sunshine, from fluffy dalgona coffee, to classic iced lattes and fruity iced teas.
When it’s hot outside, there's nothing more refreshing than an ice-cold drink. Ice drinks – like caramel macchiatos, cold brew coffee or peach iced tea – perk you up, cool you down instantly and are certainly quicker to make than homemade ice cream.
1. Iced coffee
Let’s start with a classic. Blitz a regular cup of cold coffee with ice, milk and a shot of maple syrup until smooth and foamy, then serve your DIY iced coffee in a tall chilled glass.
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2. Iced latte
Like any standard iced coffee, but made with two shots of espresso and a little extra milk (we like to use whole milk). Honey, sugar or maple syrup are all great sweeteners – add as much or as little as you like.
3. Iced mocha
Melt chocolate buttons in warm milk, then cool and pour into a tall glass of ice. Top up with more milk, stir, tip in a shot of espresso and finish with whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon for good measure.
Got sweet-toothed friends? When they’re next round, impress with iced caramel macchiatos, made by mixing milk with vanilla syrup, espresso and a glug of caramel sauce.
Make a round of cold brew coffees when the sun comes out, in place of your usual hot cup. Made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for at least 18 hours, there’s a knack to getting this summertime beverage right. Follow our step-by-step guide for a refreshing, high-caffeine hit.
This whipped coffee with a sweet foam is made by whipping instant coffee with sugar and a little boiling water. Whisk for at least 5 minutes, or until the mixture is super-frothy, then pour over cold milk and ice. Watch our quick how-to video to get it right every time.
Alcohol-free and refreshing, make a jug of iced tea for an al fresco lunch at home – all you need are usual tea bags, a little sugar and honey, citrus fruits, mint and plenty of ice.
Add a shot of ripe peach flavour to your jug of iced tea. Use fresh peaches to make a homemade syrup (it will keep chilled for a week), which can be stirred through regular iced tea.
Love fresh peaches? Try warm peaches with basil & honey, our peach melba pie, a peach salad, or caramelised peaches with frozen raspberries & mascarpone.
Add a punnet of crushed blueberries, fresh mint and lemon slices to cooled peppermint tea for a super-refreshing drink. Pour into bottles or flasks to take on a picnic.
10. Pimm’s iced tea
Get the party started with our ice-cold blend of chilled sweet tea, mint, citrus, strawberries and Pimm’s. Serve a big jug at a barbecue, or decant into bottles for a posh picnic.
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