Afternoon Coffee Break: 7 Cold Coffee Drinks We're Sipping

Your cup of joe just went up a notch.

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Personally, I like my iced coffee slightly sweetened with a splash of soy and...all year-round. When it's cold out, the caffeine and ice really hit me hard. And now that the weather is perking up, I can finally feel comfortable drinking my morning cuppa outside without any consequences. But for those of you excitedly ready to make your first iced coffee of the season, we've got ya.

Check out these tasty ice-cold coffee drinks that will boost your energy (no matter what time of day!).

Chai Cold Brew

Photo by: Photo and recipe courtesy of Illy

Photo and recipe courtesy of Illy

Ingredients

  • 1 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon chai spice
  • 7 oz prepared cold brew

Add condensed milk to the bottom of a serving glass, then add chai spice to the milk and stir. Top with cold brew coffee and ice.

Cinnamon Vanilla Affogato

Photo by: Photo and recipe courtesy of Illy

Photo and recipe courtesy of Illy

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 4 oz prepared cold brew
  • cinnamon and sugar mix, for garnish

Add two scoops of vanilla ice cream to a serving glass. Pour cold brew coffee over the ice cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mix.

Coffee-and-Doughnuts Float

Food Network Kitchen's Coffee and Doughnut Float, as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Photo: Stephen Johnson via FoodNetwork.com

Photo: Stephen Johnson via FoodNetwork.com

Ok, so this isn't exactly a tote-to-the-office sort of drink (or is it?), but it mixes coffee, chocolate and doughnuts in one fizzy float. What's not to love?

Chile de Arbol + Dark Chocolate Iced Coffee

Photo by: Photo via FoodNetwork.com

Photo via FoodNetwork.com

Jumpstart your day with caffeine and a hit of spice.

Cold Brew Orange Soda

Photo by: Photo and recipe courtesy of Illy

Photo and recipe courtesy of Illy

Ingredients

  • 1 oz fresh orange juice
  • 3 oz soda water
  • 4 oz prepared cold brew
  • orange slice, for garnish

Fill a glass halfway with ice. Add orange juice, soda water and cold brew coffee. Stir to combine. Garnish with an orange slice.

Heath Bar Cocktail

Chocolate Heath Bar Cocktail

Chocolate Heath Bar Cocktail

This grown-up take on a candy bar features a sweet mix of Irish cream, cognac, and coffee and hazelnut liqueur. Top it off with a freshly shaved Heath bar creating a sweet holiday treat.

This grown-up take on a candy bar features a sweet mix of Irish cream, cognac and coffee and hazelnut liqueur.

Espressoda

Photo by: Photo and recipe courtesy of Illy

Photo and recipe courtesy of Illy

Ingredients

  • 8 oz club soda
  • 1 oz espresso
  • 1 oz vanilla syrup
  • 1/2 oz vodka or rum, optional

For AM: Fill a glass to the top with ice. Add club soda, leaving room on the top for espresso. Add vanilla syrup and stir. Prepare espresso and pour over soda. Chill if desired.

For PM: Fill a glass to the top with ice. Add vodka or rum, then add club soda and vanilla syrup. Stir to combine. Top with espresso.

10 Coffee-Themed Gifts for Caffeine Addicts

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Coffee Mocha Mix

Put a fresh spin on classic hot chocolate by incorporating coffee into the mix. Add one part instant coffee, cocoa powder, sugar, powdered vanilla creamer, a dash of cinnamon and chocolate chips. Package your homemade mix in a glass canister or Mason jar, then finish with a gift tag and some ribbon.

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Coffee Bean Ornaments

If you have leftover coffee beans, place them inside clear ornaments. Once the bulbs are on the tree, the warm lights will heat your ornaments and give off a warm coffee-scented aroma.

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Coffee Lover Gift

Put your favorite coffee beans into a burlap gift bag inside a custom or store-bought coffee mug. Adorn with a simple gift tag, your friend’s name and a piece of gold ribbon. It makes for a simple and savory gift they'll love.

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Coffee-Stained Gift Tags

If you have some basic gift tags that need a little pick-me-up, soak them in a mixture of water and instant coffee. The longer you let the tags soak, the darker the intended look will be. For added color variation, sprinkle with instant coffee grounds and allow them to air dry.

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Coffee Grounds Soap Bar

Use your leftover coffee grounds to make homemade coffee-scented soap. In addition to adding a contrast of color, the coffee grounds aid in exfoliation.

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Coffee Nuts

Add some pizazz to raw nuts by glazing them in maple syrup, pinches of salt, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, sugar and finely ground espresso. Package your concoction in a glass canister with a sweet bow.

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Coffee Grounds Candles

Add texture to your candles by coating them with coffee grounds. Once the candle melts, the grounds will give off a pleasant coffee scent.

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Coffee Syrups

For your friend who prefers a more flavorful coffee experience, gift them with specialty coffee syrups. Pour the syrups into oil pourers from the craft store and label the bottles for a more personalized touch.

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Coffee Maker

Has your coffee fanatic been extra good this year? Get them a brand-new coffee maker to replace that noisemaker from college. Rain or shine, every morning will seem so much brighter.

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Coffee Lover's Gift Basket

Create a thoughtful gift basket for your coffee-dependent friends. Place a personalized mug and their favorite coffee inside of a basket. Take your gift to the next level by including a French press.

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