Monday, June 30, 2014

Stay Cool- Iced Coffee and Classic Iced Tea With A Twist


Coming home after our adventure trip to the jungle was relaxing and at the same time left me with mixed feelings.
Enjoying nature pure, no pollution, everything so green, smashing and far from civilisation was a once in a lifetime experience.
Now we are back to the vivid,noisy and exciting capital Lima.
On the other hand it can be quite relieving not to watch your every step if there is a snake crossing your way or a tarantula hanging from some tree over your head.
So far, we are back to normality.
Thinking about this weeks post I got inspired by my daughter who sent me a picture enjoying a gorgeous iced coffee in the historic center of Vienna.
This drink is absolutely addictive and you need not even the excuse of hot weather to enjoy it.
 
According to my mother, the secret of a delicious Viennese iced coffee, lies in the quality of coffee.


The same goes for this Ice tea with a twist.


If any drink was made to cool you down on hot summer days, it's definitely iced tea,
It's like a summer party in your mouth and the fresh ginger  adds a wonderful, slightly spicy flavor.  

 Freshly grated ginger

and fresh mint add a wonderful twist 


For the iced tea you need:
1.5l boiling water
4 bags tea
2-3 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 /2 spoonful of freshly grated ginger
Mint sprigs
Instructions:
Make the tea with .51l water then dissolve the honey in the tea.
Add ginger and mint to the mixture and infuse for 10 minutes.
Strain and cool.
Pour into a jug.
Serve with lemon slices, mint and lots of ice.


For the iced coffee you need:
1 cup of espresso
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
2cubes ice
1 spoonful of amaretto (optional)
2 balls of vanilla ice cream
whipped cream and cocoa powder for decoration
 
Instructions:
Combine the sugar with espresso until dissolved.
Let cool down, then mix in the blender with ice cubes.
If you wish, add amaretto.
Put vanilla ice cream balls in a previously chilled glass,
pour the espresso mixture over the ice cream and garnish with
a little whipped cream. Sprinkled with cocoa powder and serve with a straw.,




Enjoy! See you next week!

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82 comments:

  1. Well I think the iced tea looks and sounds wonderful! You could make a fortune selling that in the jungle :) Hope you have a lovely week Daniela!

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    1. Hi Tricia,
      sounds like a great business idea, will keep it in mind for my next visit to the rainforest :)
      Cheers

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  2. I love this iced coffe Daniels look stunning:)

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    1. Thank you so much, Gloria. Hope you will enjoy this refreshing coffee on a hot summer day!

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  3. Hi Daniela, both your iced coffee and tea look and sound great. It' wonderful to have these two during summer especially the ice tea. I will give the ice tea a try as I like the combination of orange and lemon juice with added ommph of grated ginger and mints. This is really refreshing and cooling for a hot day. Thanks for sharing and warmest regards :)

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    1. Hi Ivy,
      thank you so much for your feedback, I'm sure you will enjoy it, it's a bit like air condition in a glass :)
      Have a great day!

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  4. I want to try this, especially the tea with ginger and juice. Nice!

    ela h.
    Gray Apron

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    1. Hi Ela,
      thank you, so glad to hear that you enjoyed the post!

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  5. Hi Daniela, both also my favorite drinks regardless hot or cold and anytime of the day. I drank about 3 cups of coffee a day in between green tea and some time iced lemon tea. :))

    I definitely love to try your wonderful recipes, it look so tempting. Coffee with ice cream is my top favorite. Thanks for sharing. Great to see back from your fun trip.

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards. Hugs to you.

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    1. Hi Amelia ,
      me too, I love both coffee and tea and of course in summer the chilled version of them.
      Can't imagine my mornings without at least 2 cups of coffee to keep going:)
      Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

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  6. This looks so refreshing right about now!! Love this idea..

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    1. Thank you so much Ashley, so nice to hear that!

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  7. I so could use a glass or two of that iced coffee! Love the addition of amaretto to it!

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    1. Hi Shashi,
      Would love to invite you a sample, sure you would like it :)
      Cheers

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  8. Both beverages look so refreshing and scrumptious. I would drink that glass of coffee and would come for more...

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    1. Hi Denise,
      Me too I'm a total coffeeholic. Suppose it depends if your country is more of a coffee or tea culture.
      I remember the delicious cafeciños in Brazil so well:)

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  9. Not sure sure which drink I would go for. Right now I would like to drink them both! Extra caffeine for me, please :)

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    1. Hi Daniela,
      A bit of extra caffeine is always a plus for our well being and Italy has one of the best coffees in the world, so yummy.

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  10. Love the addition of ginger into drinks, especially juices.

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    1. Hi Monica,
      Ginger is a great addition of extra flavor and healthy as well.
      Salud :)

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  11. Looks so so good, it is 40 C whit humidity here. Love iced coffee and I will definitely add ginger and mint to my next iced tea. Back to industrialized reality is hard.

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    1. OMG, 40 C with humidity!
      You must have two extra portions of each one to recover.
      Stay cool, Evelyne :)

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  12. Me muero por probar ese Ice Coffee, se ve espectacular!!!

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    1. Gracias Nydia, me alegra que te gusta.

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  13. Both of these summery drinks look great, but I especially like the iced tea! I like to make sun tea with green tea and fresh ginger root - so I know I'd enjoy your version. Very refreshing!

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    1. Hi Amy,
      Fresh ginger roots are so good, in both cold and warm drinks.
      Must try your version with green tea, sounds yummy.

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  14. Two wonderful summer drinks! I particularly like the iced coffee.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thank you Rosa, hope you will enjoy the iced coffee this summer!

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  15. It's hot and humid here in Japan. I would love this iced tea first, then want to try your iced coffee. So refreshing. Just a thought of these drinks make me thirsty... :)

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    1. Hi Nami,
      How are you? Are you in Japan for Holidays?
      Hope you have a beautiful summer season there and maybe you will enjoy a glass of this iced tea or iced coffee.
      Cheers

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  16. I feel cooler already just thinking about these drinks! It's very hot here today and I could use one or both of these!

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    1. Thank you Kristy for this sweet comment.
      Stay cool :)

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  17. Gosh, what a pair of nice, refreshing summer drinks. One of each, please. ;-) Thanks.

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    1. Be my guest John, you are cordially invited to try both of them :)
      Cheers.

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  18. Both beverages look very refreshing!

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  19. I like your treatment of coffee. What a great pick me up during the day. I bet coming back from your trip was hard, but maybe you can go again. I'll bet there is still a lot to see. Relax and look at your photos with a glass of one of these!

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    1. Hi Abbe,
      be sure that I'll come back to your recommendation!
      You are a wise girl :)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. YUM! I love both Iced tea and iced coffee in summer! Such great recipes :)

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    1. Gracias Consuelo por tu visita, me alegro que te ha gustado el post.

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  21. I always have mixed feelings when I come home from a trip. Although I miss being away, it's wonderful to be back home again - and maybe thinking about my next holiday!

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    1. You are a wise girl Beth!
      I like you philosphy when something ends to look forward for the next holiday :)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. I'm not sure which one I like best they both sound so good! I'd probably drink the ice coffee for a dessert and the ice tea as a refreshing afternoon drink. All of those flavors in the ice tea sound so bright and delicious and I love coffee drinks too. Thank you for sharing two great recipes!

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    1. Hi Susan,
      I like your time management for iced tea and iced coffee so much:)
      The perfect idea to stay fresh during a whole summer day.
      Hope you have a wonderful summer. Cheers.

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  23. Hi Daniela! Ginger tea is pretty popular here in Singapore, your iced tea looks so refreshing while the coffee looks rich and yummy! I can't decide which should I have, maybe I should just have both ;)

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    1. Hi Jaseline,
      thank you so much, so glad to hear that you liked both of this summery drinks.
      So maybe I should come over to Singapore to try one of the typical iced tea there? I'm sure I would enjoy the ginger version.

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  24. Both drinks look really great but I am a huge fan of iced coffee and this recipe looks wonderful.

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    1. Hi Natalie,
      Me too I'm very fond of iced coffee, it's fresh and gives you this extra caffeine kick

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  25. Both look very refreshing and tasty!

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  26. refreshing and relaxing sips for sure....can't think of summers passing by without such drinks ready to be enjoyed,thanks :-)

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    1. Hi my friends,
      So nice to hear that you enjoyed the post and hope that you have a wonderful, relaxing summer time!

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  27. Yummie! I definitely need to try the combination

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  28. What a fantastic iced tea, I can't wait to try it myself. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

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    1. Hope you will enjoy it , Mike.
      Have a great summer time.

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  29. Oh Daniela, I feel cooler here in Texas by just looking at your refreshing iced coffee and iced tea! Mmmmm...I'm off to make some now!

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    1. That's so sweet of you, Kitty!
      Hope you will enjoy them.

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  30. Two lovely refreshing drinks! what an exciting adventure you had in the jungle!
    mary

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    1. Hi Mary,
      Yes it was quite an adventure and a really unforgettable trip.
      Glad to hear that you enjoyed the post!

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  31. Two beautiful looking drinks and perfect for the heat of the summer. I agree that the best iced coffees are always made with the best coffee xx

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  32. YUM! I would to try them both...they sure sound and look refreshing...like the idea of ginger in the tea...I must try it.
    Thanks for the inspiration Daniela...have a wonderful week :D

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    1. Hi Juliana,
      please let me know which one you liked best!
      Cheers

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  33. This iced tea sounds so lovely and refreshing!

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  34. I love iced coffee and Its sad as I have still not made my own with summer almost half gone!! Will be trying your recipe soon. Looks refreshing!

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    1. Hi Ami,
      hope you will enjoy them both.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  35. Loving the iced coffee. Got to try it out at home!

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    1. Thank you Asmita!
      Please let me know how it turned out.

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  36. Sounds delish. I am growing fonder of iced coffee. Beautifully presented.

    Madonna
    MakeMineLemon

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    1. Thank you so much Madonna!
      Glad to hear that you liked the post.

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  37. I don't know which to pick, both sound delish!

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    1. Hi Angie,
      Maybe you should just try both :)

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  38. They both look delicious and refreshing!

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  39. Wow, ginger and mint is more than a twist, it's superb!!!
    ps: i recomended you to give Indonesian civet coffee a try, you'll definitely won't regret it!!!

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    1. Hi Dedy,
      great to have you back and to hear that you enjoyed the ginger-mint tea!
      I was googling Indonesian civet coffee and it sounds great. It's a must try.
      Thanks for the tip!

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  40. Iced drinks are just the perfect thing for warm weather! At the moment because it is winter I'm drinking a hot chocolate but I wish I were drinking an iced one! :P

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    1. Hi Lorraine,
      I'm totally with you! Here it's quite old too and I take comfort in preparing chilled drinks while waiting for summer to come :)

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  41. Daniela pero que dos bebidas mas fresquitas nos pones, no se con cual me quedaría tendré que probarlas para saber, al Te nunca le he puesto jengibre sera cuestión de probar, yo soy mas de café y ese de la foto tiene una pinta uhhhhh se me hace la boca agua, gracias por las recetas y me imagino que te lo estarás tomando hay relajada disfrutando de las fotos de tan apasionante viaje, un saludo y un beso

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    1. Hola Conchi,
      te aconsejo de probar los dos, creo que no te vas arrepentir.
      Yo también , generalmente prefiero café pero trato de balancear igualmente con té porque tiene menos calorías :)
      Besos

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