Warm weather is officially upon us, and the chill of winter is already long forgotten! We have traded in our boots and toques for flip flops and sandals! This might just be one of my favourite times of year. Its warm enough to want to spend all my time sitting outside on the back deck with my laptop and a cold drink, creating an ‘outdoor office’ instead of being cooped up inside, but also cool enough that I’m not dying of heat in the process.
With that in mind, and on the heels of my Manicures and Midnight Walks post, sharing some of my favourite ways to practice self care, I wanted to share one of my recent ‘guilty pleasures’.
I am a coffee addict. I love it, I would even go as far as saying that some days I NEED it in order to function as a responsible adult. Throughout the winter I love to start my day curled up with a blanket in front of our fireplace with a hot cup of coffee. Now that the weather is so gorgeous nothing beats curling up in the sun with an iced coffee in hand.
Iced coffee is SUPER easy to make at home, and there’s not a whole lot to it! So, if you’re looking for a cool treat on this beautiful Thursday afternoon, here are the steps to creating what I consider to be the perfect Iced Coffee at home!
What you will need:
- Pitcher or large beverage container
- Milk or creamer
- Ice cube tray
- Your favourite glass
- Start with your favourite coffee. This could be as simple as your standard go to dark roast, or if you’re looking for something a little fancier use your favourite flavoured coffee. I personally LOVE a good French Vanilla coffee! Brew enough to fill a juice style pitcher.
- This step CAN be skipped, but I am going to explain why I wouldn’t. Take some of your coffee and fill up an ice cube tray. Caution: This does tend to stain the ice cube tray if you are using a white or light coloured type. Freeze this for use instead of standard water ice cubes. If you add regular ice cubes to your iced coffee, it is going to water your drink down as they melt!
- Once the ice cubes have frozen, and the coffee has chilled, you are ready to go. Place a couple ice cubes in your glass. Add a small amount of milk or creamer. This is a ‘to taste’ amount, some people like their iced coffees with a ton of cream where as others prefer just a hint of skim milk. You can also use milk alternatives such as almond milk, or if you want to add a little ‘something special’ to the taste you could use a flavoured coffee creamer. One of my favourite alternatives to use is Baileys, and they have a great selection of flavours to change it up! Now top your glass up with your chilled coffee.
- Now for the MOST important step of this whole process. Find your favourite relax space – whether its at a local park, or in your own back yard (which is my go to). Kick your feet up and enjoy!
What is your favourite warm weather treat? I’d love to hear in the comments below!