When it’s hot outside and you need a caffeine boost while cooling down, keep these 3 ingredient small batch Iced Coffee Popsicles in your freezer to get you through the day.
Hi I’m Carla and I love coffee. Every day I have the same coffee ritual. I drink a hot coffee in the morning (even if it’s 90 degrees outside UNLESS I’m physically outside myself and sweating, in which case I get iced. See – Boston in May 2017 with a record high of too freaking hot). Then in the afternoon, most days I have a second cup. Usually at this point I like something a little sweeter, whether it’s a s’mores hot mocha or a caramel affogato. During the summer I have a pitcher of cold brew but it takes 24 hours to steep, so when I’m out, I have to wait. Except I can’t wait because it’s coffee.
This is where the freezer is my friend. It’s the gatekeeper to storing ready-to-eat food so you don’t have to make it again later, like cookies and lasagna. It’s also home to sweet treats to cool you down when all you want to do is stick your head in the freezer. In a moment’s notice, I can keep these Iced Coffee Popsicles on hand and get my caffeine fix while also cooling down. The best part? I don’t need coffee to make coffee because I already made them while awake.
Coffee is a huge part of my lifestyle. When I travel, I hit as many local coffee shops as I can. Sometimes I go back to the same one for convenience, like in Savannah where The Coffee Fox was only a block from where we stayed. Not only do I enjoy exploring coffee shops, I have yet to find good hotel coffee. Plus local coffee shops are (almost) always better than certain national chains. There was one local place near Boston that was kinda gross, but they specialized in coffee flavors more than the coffee itself. No coffee syrup can save bad coffee.
Which leads into my next point – make sure you start with good coffee. If you won’t drink the coffee on its own, there’s no point in continuing. Start with fresh coffee grounds before brewing. Because everyone loves their coffee pops a little differently, this recipe is simply a guideline. Some like it without cream or sugar. Some like it sweet. Some like it with milk and no sugar. Some like flavored coffee creamers. It’s totally up to you! My suggestion is make the coffee like you would drink it then freeze it.
Items you will need (affiliate links):
Yields 4 popsicles
- 1 cup cold coffee
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup cold milk
- 1 - 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Whisk together the coffee, milk, and sugar. Taste and adjust to your liking.
- Pour into popsicle molds or paper cups then insert wooden sticks. Freeze until firm, preferably overnight.
Because everyone's taste in coffee varies, the amount of sugar and milk listed is a recommendation. Feel free to adjust to your taste.
It's important the coffee and milk are cold because that will help reduce the amount of ice crystals formed after freezing. The colder the mixture is, the quicker it'll freeze. If you use room temperature ingredients, refrigerate 1 hour before freezing.