Creating the perfect espresso shot is one only one part of the equation when it comes to making delicious drinks from the comfort of your home. Another part is knowing how to mix that espresso shot into milk to make the perfect drink. This is especially true when it comes to making your own iced espresso. Having the best-iced espresso can turn anyone’s day around. It is good in the summer and even in cold weather. There is really not a bad time to have a flawlessly made iced drink.
Which is why over the years, we have been trying to find the best way to make all of our favorite iced espresso drinks. After many experiments, we have been able to create the best way to turn those hot espresso drinks into iced ones. Doing even the smallest thing wrong can result in a bad tasting drink.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that the process is very specific. Simply pulling a shot and pouring it over ice will not cut it. This is because the ice melts quickly, leaving you with a water downed mess, that nobody wants to drink.
What You Will Need:
-Espresso Shot from your machine
-Milk or Cream
–Favorite Cup or Mug
-Toppings: whipped cream or sprinkles, if desired
-Straw, if desired
Here is how to make the perfectly blended and chilled iced espresso:
–First of all, you will want to put your sugar into the bottom of your espresso glass. Doing this will ensure that all the sugar will be dissolved. This will help you avoid having a massive amount of undissolved sugar at the bottom of your espresso glass.
-Make your shots. Using your espresso machine will give you the best results since the machine is designed to make the perfect shots. However, there are several other methods that you can use if you do not have an espresso machine.
For instance, you can use a regular coffee machine with espresso beans. But the results will be different because brewing coffee and making espresso are two different brewing methods. Another way to brew an espresso shot is with a Moka pot.
–The number of shots that you will use depends on two things. First is how big your cup is and how strong you want your drink to be. The bigger the cup will need at least 2 shots to taste good. But if you want a stronger coffee taste you can always add more. Pour your espresso into the glass with the sugar.
-Add in your milk of choice. This is the tricky step. To avoid having a watered down shot of espresso, you will want to temper the espresso. Tempering is just a fancy way of saying that you are going to slowly bring down the temperature of your espresso. To do this you will need to slowly add a small amount of milk into your shots.
-Pour it over ice. Fill your favorite cup up with ice, and pour the espresso and milk mixture over it.
Once you have mastered this process you can being to play with different flavors. There is a never-ending amount of ways that you can try out:
-Try using coffee syrup, instead of sugar. Doing this means that you can change the flavor of your coffee. You can have a different flavor every day if you wanted to. A good rule of thumb for using syrup is 1 ounce of syrup for every 8 ounces of liquid.
–If you are trying to avoid sugars, try using local honey instead. It will still be sweet but not overly sweet. Heat up in the microwave first so it is runny and easier to pour.
-There is nothing better than mixing coffee and chocolate together. So, for a chocolatey flavor add in some chocolate syrup, like Hershey’s.
-For even more flavors use liquid coffee creamers. They come in many different flavors and some brands even have seasonal flavors that you can pick from.
-Do not forget the toppings. If you are feeling super festive you can top your drink with some whipped cream. Chocolate and peppermint pieces are great for Christmas drinks. While fun colored sprinkles can brighten even the gloomiest days.
-You can even use different kinds of milk. Almond or Coconut milk are great alternatives if you are lactose intolerant.
-But if you are wanting a creamier iced espresso, try using whole milk. If you are really daring, try a combination of milks. Our favorite combination is whole milk with a tiny bit of cream. This combination of milk will make a creamy and rich espresso drink.
Having so many options means that you can enjoy your iced espresso drinks year-round.