The summer months are upon us and after you finish a long work week, you want something cold and refreshing to cool you down.
You're ready to leave the office come 4 pm on Friday afternoon and you're thirsty. A crisp delicious iced coffee is the perfect drink to start the weekend off right.
Unwinding at the end of the week is important for your health and your sanity. Research suggests that a break from the grind is linked to lower stress levels, increased feelings of freedom, and higher happiness levels.
The chance to pursue your interests, spend time connecting with loved ones, and relaxing is important for preserving your overall health. Iced coffee on a Friday night is an ideal way to kick off those feelings.
Instead of stopping at the coffee shop, check out our iced coffee recipe. You'll be home sooner and can get your Friday going with the tasty drink you love without having to make an extra stop.
Iced Coffee Ingredients
Obviously, the ingredients are an important part of iced coffee recipes. Ours is simple to prepare with just a couple of things.
All you need is:
- 1 Smile Coffee Werks® “Werk Day” Coffee Pod
- 2 tablespoons coconut creamer
- Simple syrup to taste (try our Vanilla Palm Sugar Simple Syrup)
Making your own simple syrup is easy and helps you avoid having to buy wasteful plastic containers of artificially sweetened simple syrup.
Our pods come in a variety of roasts, including light, medium, and dark. Choose the darker version for a stronger-tasting iced coffee. If you want something a bit milder, a light roast is a good option.
Have fun trying out different versions as you work to prepare your perfect iced coffee drink. There are plenty of delicious reasons to experiment with your cold beverage. What a fun way to spend your Friday nights!
Iced Coffee Recipe Directions
Learning to make iced coffee will save you loads of money when compared to buying your drinks at a coffee shop. At the same time, it lets you customize your cold coffee to your exact specifications and keeps your carbon footprint low!
This recipe is super simple and gives you a delicious treat to look forward to after a long summer workweek. Brew the Smile Coffee Werks® pod on the iced coffee setting on your brewing machine.
You can also brew the coffee, place it in the freezer for 10 minutes, then pour it over ice. Be sure the container is temperature safe so it doesn't crack as it cools down.
Once your coffee is at the right temperature, pour it over ice, and stir in your creamer and simple syrup to give it the flavor you crave on a hot summer day.
Start with a mixture of 2/3 coffee, with the remaining 1/3 being a combination of creamer and simple syrup. Put your glass in the freezer to help keep the iced coffee even colder while you drink it.
Tips for Making Perfect Iced Coffee
You'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make iced coffee at home. With a bit of practice, you'll be a pro in no time at all. Use these additional tips to get the perfect cold coffee every time.
There's nothing worse than a watered-down iced coffee. To prevent this problem, freeze brewed coffee in an ice cube tray. Instead of pouring your coffee over regular ice, pour it over the coffee cubes.
As they melt, they'll preserve the taste of your iced brew. Keep a dedicated ice cube tray for this so that you don't end up with coffee-flavored water, tea, or juice.
You can use leftover coffee for this purpose, but be sure the cubes are ready for your Friday afternoon beverage.
Another great tip is to brew your coffee on Friday morning and chill it in your refrigerator while you're at work. When you get home at the end of a hot day, it will be that much quicker for you to enjoy your iced coffee.
We're also huge advocates of experimenting. Mix and match your creamer and simple syrup flavors to find the combination you love the most. It's fun to try new things and it gives you something to look forward to on Friday.
Why Smile Coffee Werks®?
We love coffee just as much as you do. But we're also environmentalists who believe there's a more eco-friendly and sustainable way to enjoy your favorite beverage.
We worry about the number of traditional coffee pods that make their way into landfills around the world. Smile Coffee Werks® Pods are plant-based, commercially compostable, and carbon neutral, and you can use them in your existing coffee brewing machines.
Since our pods are commercially compostable, you can feel good about disposing of them. You still get the convenience of single-serving packaging, but the peace of mind of a plant-based pod.
When you finish whipping up your favorite recipe for iced coffee, be sure you toss the pod into your commercial compost bin.
Getting Ready for Your First Sip
Now that you have the perfect iced coffee recipe right at your fingertips, Friday nights are about to be so much better. This recipe is perfect for capping off a long workweek and will cool you down on a hot summer day.
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