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With summer right around the corner, the prospects of enjoying a steaming hot cup of morning coffee may not be as appealing. Worry not; there is still a way to indulge in your favorite morning time beverages and get the added caffeine boost you need to start your day. Margaret McHenry Maids, the leading provider of luxury house cleaning services in Kansas City, has compiled some warm-weather coffee recipes to enjoy this summer.

  • Cold Brew Tonic

    The concept of cold brew tonic originated in 2007 at Koppi Roasters’ cafe in Helsingborg, Sweden, and has become a popular summer coffee concoction in cafes around Europe and the United States. When recreating this drink at home, it is important to use a tonic with brighter and more acidic notes and a cold brew with a significant amount of natural acidity to achieve this bubbly and refreshing summertime staple.

    1. Add large ice cubes and tonic water into a 350 ml glass, filling 2/3 of the glass with the tonic water to avoid separation. If tonic water is too intense for your morning coffee, substitute seltzer water or club soda to achieve the same bubbly cold brew!
    2. Add previously prepared cold brew concentrate into the glass until it is almost full. Stir gently to combine.
    3. Mix in your choice of fruit (lime wedges, cherries, or blackberries) and enjoy!
  • Iced Spanish Latte

    Enjoyed in all corners of the world, the Spanish Latte is a popular choice among those who prefer a sweeter-tasting latte. Also known as café con leche, this latte originated in Spain and consists of strong coffee (typically espresso) mixed with equal parts of hot milk. Adjust the amount of milk to your liking, and try this classic recipe iced for the perfect warm-weather caffeine boost!

    1. Add 1/2 cup of milk (or milk alternative), 1.5 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk, 1 shot of espresso, and 2 pinches of cinnamon into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well-chilled.
    2. Pour the coffee into a glass of your choice, and add more ice as needed.
    3. Garnish the Iced Spanish Latte with additional cinnamon.
  • Affogato

    A classic affogato is one of the most delicious ways to enjoy your summer coffee, with the term “affogato” meaning “drowned” in Italian. This traditional drink essentially drowns gelato or ice cream in coffee, with the coffee melting the ice cream to form a thick foam. While a classic affogato ratio is two scoops of gelato to one shot of espresso, you can easily alter this recipe at home to create a stronger, more caffeinated beverage or a sweeter, more indulgent treat. This easy-to-make Italian delicacy is sure to impress your guests this summer!

    1. Using your desired brewing method, brew 1 shot of espresso.
    2. Add 2 scoops of vanilla gelato into a small drinking glass. You may also substitute vanilla bean ice cream or other gelato flavors to customize the drink to your liking.
    3. Pour the espresso shot over the ice cream. Add an optional splash of amaretto to transform this coffee-inspired beverage into an after-dinner cocktail!
    4. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings and serve immediately.
  • Mint Mojito Iced Coffee

    Made popular by Philz Coffee, a Mint Mojito Iced Coffee is a delicious summer treat to enjoy on a warm day. Don’t let the name fool you; there is nothing alcoholic about this iced coffee, just the minty sweet flavors of fresh mint leaves mixed with a traditional creamy cold brew. Remember to use fresh, high-quality mint to enhance the natural flavors of your coffee.

    1. Add 1/2 cup of cold brew concentrate, 1/2 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker.
    2. Add fresh mint leaves and muddle them into the mixture.
    3. Pour in 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and add a handful of ice into the cocktail shaker.
    4. Cover the cocktail shaker and gently shake until all ingredients are incorporated and well-chilled.
    5. Strain the drink into an ice-filled glass.
    6. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
  • Iced Dirty Chai Latte

    You’ve probably enjoyed the cardamom-inspired flavors of a classic chai latte but grimace at the thought of drinking steamed milk in the sultry summer months. Believe it or not, there is still a way to enjoy a chai latte this summer from the comfort of your own home. Try an Iced Dirty Chai Latte with a shot of espresso to get your mornings started with this perfect caffeinated concoction!

    1. Steep 1 chai tea bag in 6 ounces of hot water. (Refer to the specific teabag instructions for the proper length of time recommended).
    2. Prepare 1 shot of espresso or measure out 1/4 cup of cold brew concentrate, depending on your preference.
    3. Once the tea has steeped, mix in your desired amount of honey and pour the mixture into an ice-filled glass.
    4. Add the measured espresso or cold brew and 6 ounces of cold milk (or milk alternative).
    5. Gently stir and enjoy!

Indulge Yourself

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