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Cold Coffee Recipes for a Hot Summer Day

Updated on March 23, 2013

Many coffee drinkers resort to the iced versions as summertime arrives. A variety of iced coffee recipes have been shared all over the globe, but the ones you'll find here are a bit more adventurous. There's an art to making a scrumptious cup of cold coffee, which involves some little tricks and a few special ingredients. The best way to enjoy these coffee drink recipes? Don't try them alone. Invite your friends over. Offer some to your neighbors. Or just put two straws in your coffee mug and share it with your dearest one. As popularly appreciated as tea and wine, coffee is a worldwide culture. It not only keeps sleepyheads awake but can also add more warmth to a conversation circle as well as complement a perfect meal. So don't let your spirit get dried out by the heat. Perk it up with a good cup of cold coffee.

Rum Coffee Smoothie


Cold Coffee Recipe - Rum Coffee Smoothie

This easy smoothie with a pizzazz is pretty satisfying and energizing. The coffee grants you a little caffeine kick while the banana adds a load of nutrients to the cup. As for the yumminess factor, the combination of coffee ice-cream and dark rum lends a very sophisticated yet comforting taste.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup brewed coffee (chilled), 1/2 cup coffee ice-cream, 1 tbsp. dark rum, 1 medium banana (sliced)

Preparation: Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Top with whipped cream or ground cinnamon if you desire.

My Twist: Serve it with a few tiramisu cookies. They pair together awesomely!

Coffee Float

Cold Coffee Recipe - Coffee Float

If someone told me the first soda float was invented by a ten-year-old child, I would probably think that makes a lot of sense. The whole idea of dumping ice-cream in a glass of soda sounds like something a kid would do just for fun. As childish as it might sound, I still love all types of floats, especially this one. It is a whimsical drink with a serious flavor.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup brewed coffee (chilled), 1 cup Coke or Pepsi, 1 big scoop of coffee ice-cream

Preparation: Put brewed coffee into a tall glass, add ice-cream and then soda.

My Twist: Top it with some shaved chocolate. If coffee, soda, ice-cream and chocolate are your guilty pleasures, just enjoy them all together in one cup and face your guilts later all at once.

Espresso Martini


Cold Coffee Recipe - Espresso Martini

This coffee cocktail might yield two different results. It could either cool you down or make a hot day even more "sizzling." It's a pretty wild drink, all right.

Ingredients: 1 ounce vodka, 1/2 ounce Kahlua, 1 ounce espresso, 1 ounce white creme de cacao, ice cubes (enough to fill the cocktail shaker)

Preparation: Put ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake well. Strain and garnish with coffee beans (optional).

My Twist: Add about 1/2 teaspoon of butterscotch extract to it. Its sweet scent nicely balances the solemn flavor of vodka and Kahlua, and at the same time, does not clash with the coffee taste. Unless you hate butterscotch, you will find this twist quite delightful.


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  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    The European version sounds pretty yummy, too. I'll certainly try it. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Justsilvie 6 years ago

    I am A Ice Coffee Fan. The European version is Vanilla Ice Cream, Espresso and Whipped Cream, but your versions sound even better. Will try this ASAP.

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Thank you! Hope you'll try some of these coffee recipes soon. :)

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    happypuppy 6 years ago

    I love coffee. Thanks for sharing these amazing recipes. They're great for the summer. I like your creativity. Voted up.

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    haha well, get to the kitchen then! :)

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    timonweller 6 years ago

    Oh, those coffees look look really good, makes me want one now. :)

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Yeah, try it and you won't be disappointed. :)

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    Movie Master 7 years ago from United Kingdom

    I am a coffeeholic - just got to try these out, the rum coffee smoothie has me drooling - many thanks!

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    @ Mcken and evenetsyoudesign - Thanks both of you so much for stopping by and commenting! =D

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    eventsyoudesign 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

    Love coffee. Great article. I will have a rum coffee smoothie as soon as I get the ingredients. I cannot wait to try it.

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    Mcken 7 years ago from Australia

    OMG. Fanstastic hub!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Thanks for the read, Lulu Sue. :)

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    LULU SUE1987 7 years ago

    I love coffee, so these sound so great.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    It is pretty yummy. Give it a try sometime! :)

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    Sylvia Van Peebles 7 years ago from Southern California

    That rum coffee smoothie sounds absolutely yummy!

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago


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    dusy7969 7 years ago from San Diego, California

    Good article.I read this and enjoy a lot from this hub.This hub is very interesting and amazing.I like this hub.Thanks a lot for this useful sharing.

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Ah, for the smoothie, yes. You don't really need a blender for the coffee martini and coffee float, though! :)

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    ravenblueu 7 years ago from Somewhere Tropical

    i want to make one these right away! i need a blender:D

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Thanks for reading! :)

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    Caroline Paulison Andrew 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Thank you for your sweet comments, everyone! Hope you try some of these cold coffee recipes SOON! :)

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    Sun-Girl 7 years ago from Nigeria

    Great cold coffee recipes from one of my favorite writer which i so much enjoyed reading from,thanks for sharing. Bravo!

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    sarah0330 7 years ago from Philippines

    so yummy! thanks for the tips.. i love cold coffee :)

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    Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Wow! Which one to try first...that is the question. They all sound good. Thanks!

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    truthfornow 7 years ago from New Orleans, LA

    I can't wait to try the rum coffee smoothie.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    @dialogue - Yes, please try them. They are yummy indeed. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

    @AliciaC - Just like you, I enjoy both tea and coffee. Maybe you shouldn't wait until summer, though. That rum coffee smoothie is actually good to drink any time! :)

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    Linda Crampton 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    After having drunk tea for most of my life I've finally discovered that I like certain types of coffee as well - especially cold coffee. Your recipes sound absolutely delicious - especially the rum coffee smoothie, which I'll definitely be trying this summer!

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    dialogue 7 years ago

    yummy... pics are awesome. i will try them, thanks for sharing this yummy hub :)

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    @Hapihapi and Robbi - Thanks for the read and sweet comment, guys. :)

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    Robbi,  7 years ago

    Now that sounds like my summer drink, esp with the rum!

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    Hapihapi 7 years ago

    love to try it out someday! CoffeeCheers!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    No, I haven't tried that. I've heard it's pretty good, though. Thanks a lot for the read. :)

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    readabook 7 years ago from Texas

    All the recipes sound wonderful. Have you ever made the cold brew coffee using coffee with chicory?

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Same here. I can't wait for the summer to arrive. Cheers!

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    Ruchira 7 years ago from United States

    after reading your anxiously waiting up for the summers to come :)


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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago


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    Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago from USA

    Wow nice hub!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Thanks for dropping by, Pinkchic!

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    Sarah Carlsley 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Yum, I want one of these right now!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    You're welcome. I'm always happy to share yummy recipes with my readers.

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    JasonPLittleton 7 years ago

    That is great. Thanks for sharing.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Thanks a lot for your sweet comment, Scribenet. I hope you'll try the rum coffee smoothie soon. Have a lovely weekend! :)

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    Scribenet 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Awesome, Thank you for these great ideas for coffee, which I love! I think the Rum Coffee Smoothie will be a lovely dessert and dessert in one...a perfect end to a special summer meal! This is being bookmarked in a few seconds, right after I rate it up, awesome and useful!

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Thanks for the feedback, almasi. :)

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    almasi 7 years ago

    Thanks for a deliciously useful hub. Bookmarked for future reference.

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    @katiem - Yep, cold coffee is very refreshing and delicious ( if you know how to make it right!). Thanks for stopping by, Katie.

    @anglnwu - It's pretty hot here in Sac as well. I actually don't mind it too much, though. I'm from Thailand, so I'm used to the heat! LOL

    @kafsoa - haha you're right. The coffee float is not something you should drink when you try to get slimmer. It's not recommended for daily consumption but for special occasions!

    @Koffeeklatch - How about trying them all in one day? Rum coffee smoothie in the morning, coffee float in the afternoon and espresso martini after dinner!

    @Elrascal - Thanks a lot!

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    Elrascal 7 years ago

    MMMMmmmm Yum Yum. Cool Hub

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    Susan Hazelton 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Om, love the recipes. I'm having a hard time deciding which one to try first.

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    kafsoa 7 years ago

    This is real fun! I was looking for freshment drinks that don't add weight, but I don't think the coffee float can be considered as a low calories drink :) Thanks for this refreshing tasty hub ;)

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    So awesome--just in time for the hot summer months. As a matter of fact, I could use one right now--it's a sizzling 80 outside. Rated up!

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    katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

    I love coffee and no need to give it up in the summer time with your amazing hot weather coffee drinks. Cold coffee drinks are very refreshing in the warm months of winter. Thanks :) Katie

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    @marellen - Thanks so much for the read and feedback. Glad you like these coffee drink recipes. :)

    @Daydreamer Too - haha I'm very pleased to make coffee addicts happy! Thanks for dropping by. :)

    @akirchner - Yeah, many people prefer hot coffee but I think cold coffee drinks are just as awesome. :)

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

    Yummy....I love coffee and usually forget all about cool coffee drinks though!

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    Daydreamer Too 7 years ago

    Gosh, I love anything coffee flavoured. To me this is like coffee heaven!!! LOL

    Am I addicted.... you bet! c(__) Cheers!

    Great hub, voted up!

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    marellen 7 years ago

    Okay...I want one of each...I have bookmarked this hub. Great and awesome.....


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