Peanut better and jelly. Salt and pepper. Iced coffee and... well, these three things.
1. Simple Syrup
Yes, we all love black coffee. But when speaking about refreshment, a small amount of sugar can bring out the best flavor notes of any iced coffee.
How to make simple syrup:
- 1 part sugar
- 1 part boiling water
Now combine them until the sugar is fully dissolved. Shelf stable! Use moderately for delicious, strong coffee.
Seltzer goes with anything if you like it, but there's a reason that coffee shops serve sparkling water with every espresso shot.
Seltzer does a few things:
- Cleanses the palate
- Offsets the acidic properties of espresso
- Draws out flavors and makes them more apparent
Beside that, seltzer is delicious and wildly refreshing. Here's my absolute favorite, strong ice coffee/seltzer recipe for summer:
- Fill a cup with ice
- Pour two shots of Death Wish espresso over ice (Death Wish through a moka pot -$14- will work here)
- Fill the rest with ice cold seltzer
- Add preferred amount of simple syrup (optional)
Brewer beware: if you're using orange in your coffee, avoid cream! It'll curdle.
Now, if you follow the World Barista Championships, you'll know that baristas love to use orange in their signature drinks. They truly know their stuff! Whether it be a flavor note or actual orange extract, orange compliments coffee beautifully. I've mentioned orange's delicious properties in coffee before, but the best way is by far and away in iced coffee.
Cut an orange or clementine in half and squeeze it over the seltzer drink I mention above. Citrus meets caffeine. YES.
Now go OWN the warm weather!