How to make iced coffee sweeter

This post issponsored by Silk.This year, Im partnering withSilk to create and share monthly ideas and recipes celebrating an Earth-friendly, plant-baseddiet and life something Im personally moving more and more toward. This month, Im all aboutSilksnew plant-based drink, Nutchello. Read on to see how Im pairing it with coffee for a quick afternoon pick-me-up!

Ahhh. Iced coffee. A jolt of chilly goodnessin a cup.

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

Its 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 thisdairy-free creamer) and Im a happy coffee hound.

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

1. Flavor it (withsyrup)

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 aboutfresh mint? Or pumpkin? Cinnamon dolce?! The flavor options really are endless.

Recipes to try:

  • Creamy Vanilla Iced Coffee + Homemade Vanilla Syrup
  • Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee
  • Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee &Healthier Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup
  • Maple Vanilla Iced Coffee
  • Fresh Mint Iced Coffee from How Sweet It Is

Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee

2. Flavor it (withsauce)

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 its 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:

  • Chocolate Iced Coffee
  • Iced Caramel Coffee The Redhead Baker
  • Homemade Butterscotch Caramel Blended Iced Coffee Valeries Kitchen

Chocolate Iced Coffee

3. Blend it

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

Recipes to try:

  • Toasted Coconut Coffee Smoothie
  • Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate Mocha
  • Iced Mocha Smoothie Cooking on the Weekends
  • Blended Chocolate Coconut Iced Coffee Running to the Kitchen

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:

  • Iced Coffeetini
  • Chocolate Stout Frap-brew-ccinofrom The Beeroness
  • Irish Cream & Mint Iced Mocha from The Frugal Foodie Mama

5. Freezeit (into ice cubes)

Okay, heres 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 Silks new nut-based beverage, Nutchello, and DANG if this doesnt 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:

  • Nutchello poured overCoffee Ice Cubes!
  • Mocha Ice Cubes for Iced Coffee Everyday Maven
  • Latte Ice Cubes Imma Eat That

Nutchello + Coffee Ice Cubes

6. Freeze it (dessert style)

Ice cream, granita, and sherbert, oh my. As if iced coffee wasnt 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:

  • Granita al Caffe Con Panna Manus Menu
  • Vietnamese Iced Coffee Ice Cream How Sweet It Is
  • David Lebovitzs Mocha Sherbert Saveur

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:

  • Coconut Gelato Iced Coffee Affogatofrom Nutmeg Nanny
  • Iced Coffee Floatfrom Mind over Batter
  • Salted Caramel Affogatosfrom Chocolate Moosey

Coconut Gelato Iced Coffee Affogato

8. Shake it

Bon Appétitsuggests addingcoffee, ice, and a little simple syrup toa cocktail shaker and shake like a pro. Itll come out frothy and creamy. Its called a Caffe Shakerato, and if that isnt 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:

  • Orange Spiced Iced Coffee
  • Fresh Raspberry Iced Coffee Running to the Kitchen
  • Blackberry Iced Coffee How Sweet It Is
  • Frozen Banana Coffee Frappe from Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom

Orange Spice Iced Coffee

10.Add Rice

You read that right! If youve 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:

  • Toasted Coconut Cold Brew Horchata Hola Jalapeno
  • Cochata The Kitchn
  • Coffee-Cinnamon Horchata Serious Eats

Toasted Coconut Cold Brew Horchata

Thats it! Now go, get your buzz on!

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