10 Ways to Upgrade Your Iced Coffee

Sponsored PostThis post is sponsored by Silk. This year, I’m partnering with Silk to create and share monthly ideas and recipes celebrating an Earth-friendly, plant-based diet and life – something I’m personally moving more and more toward. This month, I’m all about Silk’s new plant-based drink, Nutchello. Read on to see how I’m pairing it with coffee for a quick afternoon pick-me-up!10 ways to upgrade your iced coffee! Shake it, freeze it, flavor it ... so many ways to up your iced coffee game.

Ahhh. Iced coffee. A jolt of chilly goodness in a cup.

Way back when, I used to think iced coffee was basically regular ol’ brewed coffee, poured over ice. Which is a little … watery. But oh no. Iced coffee, when done right, is rich. Complex. Almost chocolatey.

It’s all about the cold brew. The best beans you can find, freshly ground, mixed with water, and steeped at room temperature for a few hours. Serious buzzy nectar right there. I mix mine with a bit of cream (oftentimes this dairy-free creamer) and I’m a happy coffee hound.

It’s nice, though, to shake things up now and then, am I right? Variety is the spice of life after all. So once you’ve had your fill of ever-so-delicious plain iced coffee, here are 10 ways to upgrade your iced coffee.

10 ways to upgrade your iced coffee! Shake it, freeze it, flavor it ... so many ways to up your iced coffee game.

1. Flavor it (with syrup)

So many flavors, so little time. The most common way to add flavor to your iced coffee is with a simple syrup. Vanilla is always a winner. But what about fresh mint? Or pumpkin? Cinnamon dolce?! The flavor options really are endless.

Recipes to try:

10 ways to upgrade your iced coffee! Shake it, freeze it, flavor it ... so many ways to up your iced coffee game. Like this Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee!

Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee

2. Flavor it (with sauce)

Just like syrups, sauces can, of course, add big flavor to iced coffee. Caramel, chocolate, or – holy moly – butterscotch. Yum! It takes a bit for them to dissolve, but sometimes it’s better keeping them separate. Iced coffee with caramel sauce drizzled in but not stirred, for instance, is one of the best things on the earth.

Recipes to try:

10 ways to upgrade your iced coffee! Shake it, freeze it, flavor it ... so many ways to up your iced coffee game. Like this Chocolate Iced Coffee!

Chocolate Iced Coffee

3. Blend it

Grab that coffee, ice, and cream and throw it in a blender, and you’ve got a glass of frosty goodness right there. So many variations – including smoothie x coffee hybrids!

Recipes to try:

10 ways to upgrade your iced coffee! Shake it, freeze it, flavor it ... so many ways to up your iced coffee game. Like this Blended Chocolate Coconut Iced Coffee from @runtothekitchen!

Blended Chocolate Coconut Iced Coffee

4. Spike it

Okay, you knew this had to happen. Booze and coffee are natural companions when hot, so why not when cold?

Recipes to try:

10 ways to upgrade your iced coffee! Shake it, freeze it, flavor it ... so many ways to up your iced coffee game. Like this Chocolate Stout Frap-brew-cino from @jaxdodd

5. Freeze it (into ice cubes)

Okay, here’s where it gets really good. Freeze leftover cold brew (or brewed coffee) in ice cube trays, then use those in your favorite iced coffee beverage. No watered down coffee – just more flavor and more caffeine! Double win.

My favorite way to use my coffee ice cubes? Stack a bunch in a glass and pour vanilla almond milk over the top. Let it melt just a little and stir. Yummm. You can do this with any milk, but recently I tried Silk’s new nut-based beverage, Nutchello, and DANG if this doesn’t make for the best summer afternoon pick-me-up ever. I actually love all three Nutchello flavors this way (Caramel Almond + Cashew, Dark Chocolate + Walnut, & Toasted Coconut + Cashew) but I think my favorite is the Caramel Almond. (P.S. Nutchello is surprisingly low in calories and not crazy with the sugar, either, which is a nice bonus).

Recipes to try:

10 ways to upgrade your iced coffee! Shake it, freeze it, flavor it ... so many ways to up your iced coffee game. Like Nutchello poured over coffee ice cubes! #LoveMySilk #ad

Nutchello + Coffee Ice Cubes

6. Freeze it (dessert style)

Ice cream, granita, and sherbert, oh my. As if iced coffee wasn’t ice cooold enough (sorry, I was channeling Outkast for a moment there), frozen with sugar and awesomeness is even cooler than being cold.

Recipes to try:

10 ways to upgrade your iced coffee! Shake it, freeze it, flavor it ... so many ways to up your iced coffee game. Like this Granita al Caffe Con Panna from @manusmenu

Granita al Caffe Con Panna

7. Float it

Most everyone loves coffee ice cream, but how about separating them? A scoop of ice cream + coffee = boom. (So sorry to say “boom” – it just felt right here).

Recipes to try:

10 ways to upgrade your iced coffee! Shake it, freeze it, flavor it ... so many ways to up your iced coffee game. Like this Coconut Gelato Iced Coffee Affogato from @nutmegnanny.

Coconut Gelato Iced Coffee Affogato

8. Shake it

Bon Appétit suggests adding coffee, ice, and a little simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and shake like a pro. It’ll come out frothy and creamy. It’s called a Caffe Shakerato, and if that isn’t the best name ever then my name is Hildegard. (Actually, that used to be my bar name back in the day, but I digress).

9. Add Fruit

I know frut + coffee might sound weird, but once I tried Orange Spice Iced Coffee, I was a convert. I mean, if you think about it, iced coffee often tastes almost chocolatey – and fruit and chocolate go well together, so hey – why not?!

Recipes to try:

10 ways to upgrade your iced coffee! Shake it, freeze it, flavor it ... so many ways to up your iced coffee game. Like this Orange Spice Iced Coffee!

Orange Spice Iced Coffee

10. Add Rice

You read that right! If you’ve had horchata, you know how delicious that creamy rice drink can be. Well, some folks are mixing horchata and cold brew together and holy yum.

Recipes to try:

10 ways to upgrade your iced coffee! Shake it, freeze it, flavor it ... so many ways to up your iced coffee game. Like this Toasted Coconut Cold Brew Horchata from @holajalapeno!

Toasted Coconut Cold Brew Horchata

That’s it! Now go, get your buzz on!

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.