Delicious cooling: The best iced coffee recipes from around the world

Updated on 20/07/2022 15:11

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Whether frappé in Greece, 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.

There is disagreement about who is responsible for the invention of iced coffee. Some sources claim that it was the Algerians with their Mazagran, first intoxicated during a war around 1840. Others credit the invention to the Greeks, who popularized frappé in the 1950s. Another myth says that the Viennese are said to have made cold coffee from remaining Turkish coffee beans as early as the 17th century.

Whoever invented it, these are the best iced coffee recipes from around the world.

Cold Brew (USA)

The trend drink cold brew has its origins in the USA. Coffee shops like Starbucks made it popular there in the 1990s. The cold brew is prepared without heat: All you need are 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 (Algeria / 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 Kopi (Indonesia)

A somewhat unusual coffee ingredient is required for this Indonesian classic: “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 (Greece)

For the popular Greek summer drink, which was invented in Thessaloniki in the 1950s, you only need 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 (Vietnam)

Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world. No wonder people are experimenting a lot here. The yoghurt coffee Ca Phe Sua Chua is particularly popular. The yoghurt softens the sharp taste of the relatively bitter Robusta beans, which are particularly common in Vietnam.

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.

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Aizu Kōhī (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 (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 the ratio 1: 1, you need about 125 milliliters of chocolate milk, ice cubes and cream or vanilla ice cream for the preparation. 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 (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 (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 (Sweden)

In Sweden you like to enjoy coffee lemonade in the summer, which means coffee lemonade. For the refreshing drink, mix cooled brewed coffee, the juice of half a lemon, a little sugar syrup and tonic water and pour into a glass of ice cubes.
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