Thursday, June 30, 2011

Perfect Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is a norm in New England, and I used to tease my yankee friends who would walk out of Dunkin' Donuts into 2 feet of snow with their ritual daily giant cup of iced coffee in their gloved hands. I teased them...until I tried it...then I joined them.

Coffee is an incredible crop that allows thousands of farmers to live around the world. It brings equality among all types of people, from CEOs to retail cashiers to the chronic homeless. Coffee is one of very few things that a great diversity of people around the world can enjoy. People can come to the table and make business decisions, gossip, study for their LSAT, or pour their hearts out while sipping the distinctive-tasting brew. That said, let's make some iced coffee!

Bitter? Gross
Tangy? Disgusting
Creamy, slightly sweet, a little spice? Perfect!

This is my version of the perfect iced coffee. In one of the 30 Dunkin' Donuts near my Boston apartment, I'm pretty sure I was one of few to order iced coffee with a shot of coconut syrup, but it reminded me of tropical, warm home. Iced coffee, by definition, is brewed roughly twice as strong as regular coffee. A little goes a long way! But, once you add ice, spices, and a little milk or cream, everything balances out.

Perfect Iced Coffee
1 TB shredded coconut
1/4 cup chocolate soymilk (or cow milk or almond milk) 
3 ice cubes
1 1/2 cups strong coffee, room temp or cold
Whipped cream (optional)
Dash of cinnamon

In a tall glass, add coconut, milk, and ice (in that order). Add ice cubes next, and pour coffee over ice. 

Top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Add a straw to keep your lipgloss intact. :)

We all need a little pick-me-up sometimes!


  1. Yum! I love iced coffee! never had it with coconut but I'll give it a shot. sounds tasty! :)

  2. that even sounds good to me and I NEVER drink iced coffee- yum!!!

  3. Thanks! Hope you both try it! (The coconut goes through the straw...a tasty little surprise!)