7 Ways To Drink More Iced Coffee
IT’S ICED COFFEE SEASON! IT’S ICED COFFEE SEASON! Fine, maybe it’s been iced coffee season where you live for months now (YOU LIVE IN BALI? I HATE YOU!), but for us Midwesterners, iced coffee season is only JUST starting to creep in the door. And it’s amazing. And oh so new. When I’m ordering at a coffee shop, it still takes me a minute to realize that an iced drink is now legitimately an option. Drinking something cold doesn’t make me a freak of nature who’s asking to get frostbitten—it makes me a normal participant in the wonderful world of iced coffee culture!
(Sorry for all the caps, italics, and exclamation points—I’M DRINKING AN ICED COFFEE AS WE SPEAK!)
The greatest thing about iced coffee culture is that you can be as obsessive about it as you want. Iced coffee purists are always pretty admirable—look at you, sucking down that simple cup of cold brew—but you can’t fault the people who load their iced coffee up with hazelnut syrup and heavy cream. Because it’s iced coffee season! There are no rules here.
Make your own. The Toddy cold brew system is seriously affordable and makes a delicious, rich iced coffee concentrate that you can drink for the entire week. Bonus points if you add sweetened condensed milk to make Vietnamese iced coffee.
Stock up. If you’re too busy for all that home-brewing drama, you can buy a pre-made pack of concentrate and have iced coffee for weeks. This Grady’s Cold Brew concentrate is $30 for two bottles, which makes 16 iced coffees—or, as I like to call it, ONE REALLY PRODUCTIVE AFTERNOON.
Put it in a reusable cup. Please? The environment will love you and birds will burst into song as you walk by. Yes, this is a Kate Spade cup. We live in a shallow, consumeristic society and (sometimes) I love it.
Get a vintage poster to proclaim your love. If you’re making iced coffee at home like a real boss, people should know about it.
Hack your ice cube scene. Pro tip: freezing coffee into ice cubes means you can sip the same cup of iced coffee for hours and it’ll never get watery. If those coffee ice cubes happened to be shaped like coffee beans...let’s just say you’re gonna need Instagram.
Put it on a t-shirt. That way, you don’t even have to order at coffee shops. You can just point to your t-shirt and breathe heavily.
Sip it through an annoyingly cute straw. Just like your “addiction” to iced coffee, it’s a little bit frivolous, celebratory, and makes for complete and total warm-weather fun.