6 Energizing Iced Beverages to Kick Off Your Summer Mornings

Hardcore coffee fans can drink the stuff piping hot all throughout the year, but the rest of us need an icy pick-me-up when the weather gets warmer.

Iced coffee is a great go-to, but there is a whole world of chilly beverages out there that can serve as both a thirst-quenching treat and a energizing boost to your morning. The next time you go to reach for your usual cup of joe, try whipping up one of these tasty alternatives instead:

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1. Vegan Thai Iced Tea

These creamy, vanilla-sweet drinks found in Thai restaurants are usually served with typical dairy milk. Fortunately, they are easy to recreate at home using just five ingredients (one of which is decadent coconut milk!). Try it out next time you need a creamy caffeine buzz.

2. Cold Brew Caramel Frappuccino

Using the magical, natural wonder of dates, this recipe recreates the cloyingly sweet Frapp from the place down the street into a healthier version. Save yourself a few bucks (and a ton of empty calories) and whip up this decadent drink for your next brunch.

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3. Matcha Green Tea Latte

Unlike regular old green tea, matcha utilizes the entire tea leaf. This verdant powder transforms your drink into an equally bright and beautiful treat. Serve your matcha latte over ice for hot, summery days and experience a boost of natural energy, as well as added heart health benefits.

4. Iced “Macaccino”

Maca, the hormone-balancing herb, can be enjoyed as an addition to smoothies and baked goods, but did you know you can also make yourself a macaccino? The planet will thank you if you do, seeing as growing maca takes a fraction of the water it takes to grow coffee beans. Serve with your favorite plant-based milk and natural sweetener.

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5. DIY Nitro Coffee

Nitro, it’s so hot right now. (Rather, it’s so cool). Nitrogen-infused cold brew is all the rage, taking a chapter out of the nitro stout book and creating a thicker and frothier coffee than the typical stuff. You can create your own nitro cold brew at home, with some special equipment and patience.

6. Iced Turmeric Latte

For those who prefer to stay away from caffeine, but still want a healthful boost in the morning, look no further than your spice cabinet. Using freshly grated turmeric and cashew milk, an iced turmeric latte is born with this fanciful recipe. If you use fresh or ground, you will still reap some serious health benefits.

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68 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 months ago

thanks

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 months ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S3 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Jerome S
Jerome S3 months ago

thanks for sharing

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H M
H M4 months ago

Thanks, but I consider caramel also empty calories.

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Lisa M
Lisa M5 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M5 months ago

Noted.

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FOTEINI c
FOTEINI horbou5 months ago

very refreshing idea, indeed! thanks!

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Carl R
Carl R5 months ago

Thanks!!!!

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heather g
heather g5 months ago

In Medical Newsletters they normally recommend not drinking ice-cold beverages.

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