As summer approaches, it’s time to switch out those piping hot mugs for iced cold coffee drinks to cool you down while delivering that caffeine boost. At ColdHotDrinks, we believe in jazzing up our coffee for any possible occasions and having fun with it. Making your own iced coffee drink at home may seem daunting at first, but we’re here to show you that’s not the case. You can make (almost) any gourmet coffee drink right in your kitchen, using the tools you already have. And you will save a lot of money this way since cafe-made iced coffee drinks *coughs, Starbucks* are not always the cheapest.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a summer coffee drink, however, we narrowed it down to our top five favourite recipes of this month. All are full of creamy, sweet and cold goodness. So don’t just throw ice into your coffee and call it a day, try out one of our recipes first!

Caramel Iced Coffee

This iced coffee drink is perfect if you’re a fan of sweet and salty treats. It’s creamy, and it tastes fancy, but it is surprisingly easy to make. Of course, if you are trying to watch your weight, just ditch the whipped cream, and sugar, and use low-fat milk. The drink will still taste amazing nevertheless and you won’t feel guilty!

Type of Coffee

First and foremost, the type of coffee you use will majorly affect the taste of your coffee drink. So make sure you use high-quality coffee with the right taste pairing. We recommend the BLANC Assemblage by hässig&hässig, a blend of the highest quality of coffees, sustainably grown in Brazil, Costa Rica, and Ethiopia. It is a medium roast, 100% Arabica, and has fine acidity and a soft body, which goes beautifully with flavoured creamer or syrup due to its sweet taste. You can order the BLANC Assemblage by hässig&hässig from our website. That’s not all, we also offer a range of specialty coffees from independent roasters that are direct/fair trade.


You will need (for 1 serving):

  • 250ml of brewed coffee or espresso
  • ice
  • caramel syrup
  • salt
  • sugar
  • 100ml of milk or half and half
  • Whipped Cream
  • Ground Cinnamon


  1. Brew coffee as you normally would. Both cold brew and regular brew works, and if you prefer a stronger taste, use espresso. 250ml of coffee should be enough if you’re just making the beverage for yourself.
  2. Fill a glass with ice, then pour coffee, caramel syrup, salt and sugar over the ice, stirring until everything is fully dissolved.
  3. Add about 100ml of milk or half and half, and stir to combine.
  4. Garnish with whipped cream and ground cinnamon. Now you’re ready to serve it up!

Baileys Iced Coffee

The Baileys Iced Coffee drink is the quintessential dessert for adults this summer. There’s no better way to get tipsy in this heat than with a glass of cold coffee, Irish cream liqueur, and ice cream. This drink may be most known as the go-to celebration beverage for Saint Patrick’s day, but why limit the fun when it will be just as enjoyable on a hot summer day? It’s sweet, and refreshing and will make you the most popular person at brunch – just make sure to keep it away from kids.

Type of Coffee

The coffee that we recommend would go best with this Baileys Iced Coffee drink is the Women In Coffee Blend by Sweet Bean Coffee. A blend of washed Arabicas from Chiapas, Mexico and Huila, Colombia, produced exclusively by women farmers. The Women In Coffee Blend is a medium roast that has notes of cinnamon and deep chocolate, which goes amazingly well with flavoured liqueurs and cream. You can order the Women In Coffee Blend by Sweet Bean Coffee from our website.

You will need (for 1 serving):

  • 50ml of Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 150ml whole milk
  • 150ml of brewed and cooled coffee
  • (optional) whipped cream


  1. Brew coffee as you normally would, then cool it. You can also use cold brew.
  2. Blend the Baileys Original Irish Cream in a blender with the vanilla ice cream and whole milk.
  3. Fill a glass with ice, then pour the brewed coffee over the ice, followed by the Baileys mixture.
  4. Stir to mix, add whipped cream on top if desired, and enjoy!

Pumpkin Coffee Cold Brew

Inspired by the Pumpkin Coffee Cold Brew from Starbucks, we bring you a secret recipe for you to recreate this summer. You can now enjoy that autumn-esque,  creamy, pumpkin-spiced coffee drink right at home, without the hassle of going outside! Although pumpkin-spiced coffees are usually associated with autumn, this flavourful drink will give you the same kick no matter the season. Especially if you are tired of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte and is looking for a new drink with the same pumpkin flavour but in a slightly different form. Before you rush off to make your very own Pumpkin Coffee Cold Brew, we have to warn you that recreating this drink does require a bit of complexity and patience. There are two steps to this recipe, and a preparation phase, so this drink is not something you can whip up last minute before inviting your friends over for brunch. But, with a little bit of time and effort, the payoff will be worth it. So give this recipe a try to spice up your summer!

Type of Coffee

For the coffee, we recommend the India Cherry by Kaffeepur, a medium roast, single-origin coffee with very subtle acidity. It has a spicy, full- almost creamy taste, which goes perfectly with this pumpkin-based coffee drink. What’s special about the India Cherry is that the farmers dry the coffee in the sun, which gives it a distinctive, earthy tang. You can order the India Cherry by Kaffeepur from our website.

You will need (for 4 servings):

  • 1 litre cold water
  • 128g coarsely grounded coffee beans
  • 230ml heavy whipping cream
  • white sugar
  • 17g pumpkin puree
  • pinch of pumpkin puree
  • pinch of vanilla extract


  1. Begin by making the cold brew coffee. Mix the ground coffee with cold water in a jug and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.
  2. Place a strainer with cheesecloth over a large bowl. Gently pour the coffee from the jar into the large bowl to filter out the coffee grounds.
  3. Dilute the cold brew liquid with two to one part cold water. You can use less water if you prefer a stronger coffee taste.
  4. Now, on to making the pumpkin cream; mix heavy cream, sugar, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice in a pan. Stir it over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the cream mixture begins to steam. Be careful not to boil it.
  5. Turn off the heat and add in the vanilla extract.
  6. Strain the pumpkin cream mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a jar, then refrigerate it until cool.
  7. Once it is cooled, use the jar to shake the cream mixture to make it frothy.
  8. Now it is time to combine the cream and the coffee. Fill a glass with ice, pour in the cold brew, and add in the cream.
  9. Top off the drink with the frothy pumpkin mixture. Serve and enjoy!

Coffee and Ice Cream

You can’t go wrong with a classic recipe such as this. Popular among the street side cafes of Germany, this coffee dessert combines the warm comforting aspect of coffee with a cold fun twist from the ice cream. The sweetness from the ice cream perfectly balances out the bitterness of the coffee, and it’s a simple dessert that you can easily whip up at home. This recipe slightly differs from the Affogato since we are using cold coffee instead of hot coffee. We present you with two different ways of creating this coffee dessert: the classic simple way, or if you would like to customise more of the dessert, we encourage you to try making the ice cream yourself. We found an easy, non-hassle way to make ice cream without churning. It’s so simple, it should even be considered a life hack. Props to food blogger, Nigella.

Type of Coffee

For this recipe, we recommend using the Brazil Mogiana by Sweet Bean Coffee as the coffee base. It has a medium to dark roast with a mild, and nutty taste, which will smoothly balance out the ice cream flavour. It is single origin and perfect for beginners. So whether you’re new to coffee and looking to start experimenting or an old timer with a preference for gentle tastes, this coffee is for you! You can order the Brazil Mogiana by Sweet Bean Coffee from our website.

Method 1: Classic coffee and ice cream

You will need (for 1 serving):

  • 250ml cold coffee
  • 30ml evaporated milk
  • sugar
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream


  1. Add cold coffee, evaporated milk, and sugar to a glass and stir well until the sugar dissolves completely.
  2. Refrigerate until cold.
  3. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a glass or mug, then pour the chilled coffee and milk mixture over it.
  4. Additionally, you can choose to add toppings such as cocoa powder or chocolate syrup. Traditionally, this coffee dessert is served as it is without any add ons since it will already be sweet.

Method 2: Make your own ice cream

You will need (for 1 serving):

  • 150ml whipping cream
  • 88g condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon espresso liqueur
  • vanilla extract
  • 250ml cold coffee


  1. Brew coffee as you normally would, then cool it.
  2. Whisk the whipping cream in a bowl until soft.
  3. Add the condensed milk, instant espresso powder, vanilla extract and espresso liqueur into the whipping cream bowl, and whisk the ingredients together until it thickens.
  4. Add the mixture to an equal sized airtight container and freeze it overnight.
  5. Scoop out the ice cream into a glass or mug, then gently pour the chilled coffee over the ice cream. Now it’s ready to be served!

Oat Milk Iced Coffee

Although invented in the 1980s, oat milk has only recently become a popular choice as a milk alternative at cafes in the past five years. Personally, I find soy milk and almond milk to be too bland, and coconut milk too sweet- but oat milk has the right amount of creaminess with a hint of sweetness, which mixes perfectly with coffee. Whether you’re a vegan, lactose intolerant, or just trying to be healthier, oat milk is a wonderful milk replacement that holds many health benefits and has minimal environmental impacts.

How is oat milk a healthier dairy alternative? Oat milk is often fortified with vitamins A and D, iron, calcium, potassium, fibre, B2, and B12, which could help with bone health, lowering your cholesterol, and various other health benefits. This recipe is probably the easiest to make, and the healthiest out of all three since it doesn’t require any creams, syrups, and a very little sweetener. So if you are looking for a laid-back, health-conscious iced coffee drink, then this is the recipe for you.

Also, if you are looking to get crafty, you can make your own oat milk!

Type of Coffee

For this recipe, you will want to use a strong, dark coffee. We recommend the NOIR Assemblage by hässig&hässig, which consists of 65% Arabica and 35% Robusta. It is a dark roast with a strong body, making it the perfect pair for milk substitutes. This is a fairly simple and straightforward recipe, so you will want to make sure that each of the ingredients noticeably plays it part. In this case, the NOIR Assemblage will not disappoint with its chocolaty and spicy taste, giving your oat milk iced coffee the kick it needs. You can order the NOIR Assemblage by hässig&hässig from our website.

You will need (for 1 serving):

  • 250ml freshly brewed coffee
  • 125ml of cold oat milk
  • cane sugar
  • ice cubes


  1. Brew coffee as you normally would.
  2. Mix the oat milk and the cane sugar in a separate container.
  3. Fill a glass with ice, then pour the oat milk in. Pour the freshly brewed coffee in afterwards.
  4. Stir to combine and serve immediately.

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