Summers are here, beckoning us to make a splash in the pool, visit the hills and of course, sip on dreamy, cool drinks all day long. When it comes to creating summer-inspired blends, always keep coffee handy. From granitas, ice-creams, kulfis to delectable cocktails and mocktails, coffee is versatile and blends effortlessly with most ingredients. This piece is all about using coffee to shake up a whole range of summer drinks.
One might not believe but there exists an incredible world beyond your everyday cold coffees or iced lattes. Set out to explore the uncharted world of coffee-based drinks, using ingenious tips and tricks that make summer experimentation with coffee much more fun.
According to Nitin Tiwari, chief mixologist at Ek Bar, Delhi, scorching hot and humid conditions of our country paved way to experimentations with coffee in cold beverages. “The idea was to incorporate the flavour to create summery, cool drinks. Therefore, in the beginning you had lots of ‘cold’ variants of the classic hot coffees – iced coffee, iced lattes, iced espresso, and iced long black to name some. A scoop of ice cream would often sit atop those iced creations,” shared Nitin.
Ajay Nayar, North Brand Ambassador, United Spirits is a staunch believer of coffee’s ability to work well with oranges. “ The dominant flavour of coffee mixes well with the oils present in orange peel. It is a great idea to shake up a drink blending together oranges and coffee, and spiced with cloves,” he shared.
Coffee also works magic with ice creams like Belgian chocolate, hazelnut, butterscotch and dark chocolate. Avoid using it with strawberries. When it comes to fruits, black currants, oranges and maraschino cherries are your best bet to work with. Spices like cinnamon, clove, star anise, mace and nutmeg also pair well with coffee.
“Coffee goes very well with vanilla. You can try switching sugar with vanilla syrup,” said Vikram Pal, PCO, Delhi.
According to Varun Sudhakar from United Spirits, cold-pressed coffee should always be your choice when it comes to creating some seriously delectable cold coffee, “Cold-pressed coffee is far more flavourful since it’s kept for a long period to brew. The result is rich and full. This can simply be mixed with ice and sugar. You can also add some chocolate milk and you’re done,” he noted.
Summer Experiments with Coffee
Before you get down to shaking up cool summer drinks, here are some coffee-pairing tips you should keep handy -
- Flavours that you team with coffee depend upon the roast quality of the coffee.