Frappé from Greece, yogurt coffee from Vietnam or mazagran from Algeria: Almost every nation has developed its own way of enjoying cold coffee. These are the best alternatives to German iced coffee from around the world.
Whether it is Greek frappé, Vietnamese yogurt coffee or American cold brew: almost every nation has its own variant of iced coffee. They have one thing in common – on hot days they provide a refreshment with a caffeine kick.
Who exactly is responsible for the invention of iced coffee is controversial. Some sources claim that it was the Algerians with their Mazagran who are said to have been drunk for the first time around 1840. Others credit the invention to the Greeks, who popularized frappé in the 1950s. A myth says that the Viennese are said to have made cold coffee from the remaining Turkish coffee beans as early as the 17th century …
These are the best iced coffee recipes from around the world.
Cold Brew from the USA
The trend drink cold brew has its origins in the USA. Coffee shops like Starbucks made it popular there back in the 1990s. The cold brew is prepared without heat: you only need ground coffee beans and cold water in a ratio of 1: 5 and a paper coffee filter to make the concentrate. The whole thing must then rest in the refrigerator for at least 14 hours before it is diluted with water, ice cubes and milk if desired.
Mazagran from Algeria and Portugal
To prepare the Algerian Mazagran, which is particularly popular in Portugal, use a single or double espresso, a tablespoon of sugar, the juice of half a lemon, a little cold water, 30 milliliters of rum, ice cubes and mint to decorate. First, dissolve the sugar in the espresso and allow to cool in a bowl. Then add water, lemon juice and rum and pour into a glass over ice cubes.
Es Alpukat Copy from Indonesia
For this Indonesian classic, use a somewhat unusual coffee ingredient: “Alpukat” is the Indonesian word for avocado. In addition to half an avocado, use 250 milliliters of strong brewed coffee, 75 milliliters of condensed milk, 125 milliliters of cold milk, two teaspoons of vanilla extract and ice cubes. Cooking could not be easier: Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree, then serve in a glass of ice cubes.
Frappe from Greece
The popular Greek summer drink, which was accidentally invented in Thessaloniki in the 1950s, requires only a few ingredients: two teaspoons of instant coffee, cold water and possibly two teaspoons of sugar and cold milk. If you like it sweet, add coffee powder, sugar and a tablespoon of cold water in a cocktail shaker and mix until you get a frothy consistency. Alternatively, you can handle it all without sugar. Pour into a cool glass and fill up with cold water or cold milk.
Ca Phe Sua Chua from Vietnam
Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world. It is no wonder that much has been experimented here. The yoghurt coffee Ca Phe Sua Chua is particularly popular because 90 percent of the coffee grown in Vietnam is the relatively bitter Robusta bean. The yogurt softens the sharp taste of the bean. To prepare Ca Phe Sua Chua, use a tablespoon of ground Vietnamese coffee, 200 milliliters of warm water, 100 grams of natural or vanilla yogurt, a teaspoon of condensed milk and ice cubes. Run the ground coffee and the hot water through a filter, pour the yogurt and ice cubes into a glass and then pour in the coffee. Then add the condensed milk.
Aisu Kōhī from Japan
Aisu Kōhī is a specific method of brewing coffee. The hot coffee is brewed over a glass of ice cubes through a coffee filter to cool it directly down. Optionally, the Japanese add sugar syrup and milk to the drink.
Mocha Cola from Brazil
One of the most unusual ways to make cold coffee definitely comes from Brazil. In the largest export country for coffee beans, people like to drink “Mocha Cola”, ie coffee mixed with cola. In addition to strong brewed coffee and cola in a 1: 1 ratio, you will need about 125 milliliters of chocolate milk, ice cubes and cream or vanilla ice cream to prepare it. Coffee, cola and chocolate milk are mixed and poured into a glass of ice cubes. The drink is refined with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Iced Café con leche from Cuba
“Café con leche” simply means “coffee with milk”, but the key word in popular Cuban coffee is cane sugar. Stir in a glass with two tablespoons of hot coffee until frothy. Then fill the glass with coffee, add a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon and let it cool. The cooled coffee-sugar mixture is then poured over ice cubes and poured with milk or coconut milk.
Affogato from Italy
The Italian classic is also a popular drink for dessert in this country. Affogato is a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with espresso. Literally translated, “affogato” means “drowned”. Preparation is simple: Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a cup or small bowl and pour espresso over. Alternatively, you can spice it up with liqueur, cream or biscotti.
Coffee Lemonade from Sweden
In Sweden you like to enjoy coffee lemonade in the summer, which means coffee lemonade. For the refreshing drink, simply mix chilled, brewed coffee, the juice of half a lemon, some syrup and tonic water and pour them into a glass of ice cubes.