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      • 4 Amazing Iced Coffee Drinks You Can Make At Home

      • Iced coffees are a staple of British summer, a product originally made popular in the United States (go figure). 

        Being a staple of British summer, iced coffees usually surge in popularity over the spring and summer months, with many flocking to their local cafes to enjoy them. However, the coronavirus lockdown and the uncertainty that still remains has forced many to explore their own kitchen for ideas. 

        Here are four of the best iced coffees you can make at home. These recipes offer the same energy, at a fraction of the price, while keeping your body healthy and fit.

        Iced Vanilla Latte

        This delicious iced vanilla latte is a fan favourite and promises to cool you down on a hot summer's day. The benefit of this iced-coffee is that it’s not only delicious but quick to make as well, requiring minimal ingredients. Additionally, you can change some of the ingredients around to make it healthier. In a time of increasing environmentalism, why not replace the dairy milk with a non-dairy alternative, such as oat milk or coconut milk - the possibilities are endless. 

        Ingredients

        A cold version of the classic hot brew that only requires four ingredients and makes up to two servings.

        • Half a cup of vanilla syrup

        • Half a cup of coffee

        • One cup of milk or milk alternative

        • Ice cubes

        iced vanilla latte

        Vegan Iced Cinnamon Mocha

        An easy one-minute dark cinnamon-infused spicy chocolate sauce is all it takes to transform your basic lattes into a mouthwatering drink! The best part is that it’s a simple, 2-ingredient dark chocolate base that doesn’t require any cooking, meaning preparation time is quick! This vegan Aztec Iced Mocha is bound to refresh your taste buds, and is the perfect drink in the morning. 

        Ingredients

        • 2 shots espresso

        • 1-2 cups oat milk, or any other dairy-alternative milk

        Chocolate sauce

        • 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder

        • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup

        • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

        • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon 

        Aztec vegan iced cinnamon mocha

        Coffee Banana Smoothie

        Yes, it tastes as good as it sounds. For a great start to your day, why not combine your coffee with a light breakfast? Infact, this smoothie coffee is so delicious, you may find yourself replacing your daily morning mug of coffee with it!

        This tasty smoothie assists in improving your immune system and can help you fend off the seasonal cold and flu. On top of that, bananas are a great source of potassium, aiding in muscle repair.  

        Ingredients

        Don’t let the long list of ingredients deter you from trying to make this delicious banana smoothie, you shouldn’t encounter any trouble locating them in your home. It takes up to ten minutes to prepare and is really worth it. With a bit of practice, you’ll be whipping a cup up in even less time.

        • 1 banana

        • Two teaspoons of honey

        • One cup of plain yoghurt (or dairy-free alternative)

        • One cup of coffee

        • Ice cubes

        • A quarter of a teaspoon of ground nutmeg

        • Half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon

        bunch of yellow bananas

        Honey Cinnamon Iced Latte

        This honey cinnamon iced latte is cool and refreshing and with a spicy hint of cinnamon and the sweetness of honey, what's not to love? 

        You can make this recipe with cold brew coffee, espresso or just some regular strong coffee. Just make sure it’s good coffee, whatever you use, for the best flavour possible. 

        Vegan or not, perhaps try adding coconut milk for an even sweeter flavour or maybe almond or hazelnut milk if you’d prefer a slightly nutty aftertaste. The nutty flavour of these milks also tends to accompany sweet flavours, making this a great mix of flavours. 

        Ingredients

        Add a few extra steps to your usual coffee recipe and ensure you start your morning right:

        • Cold-brew coffee (remember, make sure it’s high quality)

        • Honey

        • ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

        • Three cinnamon sticks

        • Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract

        • Milk or dairy-free alternative

        • Ice cubes

        honey cinnamon iced latte
        There you have it - four quick and easy solutions to get your morning coffee mix, albeit with a bit of a twist. All of these recipes have short preparation times, meaning they're perfect for anyone - no matter the lifestyle. 

        With this weekend set to be a scorcher, there isn’t a better time to discover your perfect iced coffee at home.