The perfect iced coffee recipes for hot days

With the UK in the grip of some unusually hot weather conditions, it might be time to think about adding iced coffee to your usual menu. It’s quick, straightforward and the only extra equipment you need is a blender – and you might even be able to get away without that!

Simply make a large quantity of black coffee, a little stronger than usual to allow for dilution with the ice. Allow it to cool completely, and then keep the jug in the fridge until required. To make up each drink, measure 200ml of coffee into the blender. Add four or five ice cubes, and milk if desired – either semi-skimmed or soy. Pulse the blender at intervals until the mix is smooth and foamy, then pour into a tall glass or mug to serve.

Offer a variety of iced drinks on your menu

Ring the changes by adding optional extras to the coffee mix before blending, such as flavoured syrups.

For a more indulgent version, try and ice cream frappe. Blend 200ml cold black coffee with 100ml milk, and add a scoop of vanilla or coffee ice cream, a teaspoon of sugar and four or five ice cubes. Blend until smooth and foamy, and pour into a tall glass. Top with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder.

If you don’t have a blender, you could still serve iced cappuccinos. Put four ice cubes in a cup or glass, and fill it two thirds full with strong, cold, black espresso coffee. Top with foamed milk, and add a sprinkling of coffee or cinnamon. Serve with a straw.

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