Iced coffee is the cold version of beverage coffee. This beverage can vary from light brown to dark brown in color, depending on whether cream is added to it. Iced coffee is popular all over the world, although with some variations. It is popular in countries such as Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Saudi Arabia, India, Australia, Japan, Philippines, and Thailand.
Ingredients Used & Method of Preparation
Iced coffee can be prepared in a number of ways. Some ingredients that are used for preparing this beverage are coffee powder or espresso, sugar, cream, and milk.
The simplest way of preparing this is by chilling hot coffee; however, this method is not generally used because of the bitter taste.
The following is one of the ways to prepare iced coffee:
- Coffee powder is mixed with water and stirred to make sure there are no clumps.
- Sugar, if required, is added to sweeten it.
- This is allowed to stand in room temperature or is refrigerated for a few hours.
- If too strong, the mixture is diluted with water.
- It is now poured into a jar with ice cubes.
- Milk or cream is added as required, and the beverage is stirred.
Iced coffee is served in tall glasses.
Iced coffee comes in different flavors such as the cappuccino or espresso. The Australian version is made blending chilled coffee, milk, ice cream, and whipped cream. The popular Canadian version is called iced cappuccino where frozen coffee is blended with cream. There is another Canadian variation which uses bits of brownie and chocolate milk. The Chile version of iced coffee is made by adding Chantilly cream, cinnamon, and ground almonds. The Greek variation is known as Frappe, where the coffee is blended in an electric mixer to have foam on top.
Health and Nutrition Facts
While coffee can act as a stimulant, the effect of this beverage on health is still being debated. Given that iced coffee can contain cream and milk, it results in a lot of calories being added to one’s diet. Therefore, drinking this on a regular basis can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. A healthier version of iced coffee can be made by using low-fat cream, skimmed milk, or soy milk.