For many of us, a daily cup of coffee is just as much part of our routine as rolling out of bed and getting dressed. I love my morning cup of joe—and tea in the early afternoon—but the idea of drinking a hot beverage isn’t exactly appealing during the dog days of summer. Right?
Luckily, making the switch to chilled versions of coffee and tea is easy with a bit of creativity. Between large batches of iced coffee and tea-inspired treats, you’ll still get your fix—and beat the heat, while you’re at it. Convert your hot beverage of choice to a summer friendly version you can enjoy this season. Find some inspiration with a few summer-ready recipes below!
Lavender Honey Iced Latte (photo via Offbeat and Inspired)
Adding a fresh, earthy flavor like lavender can completely change the taste of your iced coffee. This recipe uses the cold brewing method for coffee, as well as an infused simple syrup to add just the right amount of sweetness and summer flavor. Click here for the recipe.
Easy Iced Coffee by the Pitcher (photo via Accidental Happy Baker)
Fancy herb-infused iced lattes are great when you have time to make them, but what about when you’re running out the door in the mornings? One evening, enlist the help of your coffee pot and make a whole bath of iced coffee to last you through the week. Pour and go—and save yourself some cash from those almost-daily Starbucks trips you’ve been making. Click here for the recipe.
Chocolate-Dipped Mocha Iced Coffee Popsicles (photo via Sprinkle Some Sugar)
For a weekend treat (or even an afternoon snack), try these easy coffee popsicles. No brewing necessary, and you’ll only need four ingredients for a refreshing, mocha-inspired summer dessert. Click here for the recipe.
Southern Strawberry Sweet Iced Tea (photo via Cincy Shopper)
If you grew up in the South, you know the glorious experience of drinking ice-cold sweet tea on a summer day. Add even more summer flair with fresh strawberries in this sweet and sassy tea recipe. Click here for the recipe.
Watermelon Green Tea Refresher (photo via The Busy Baker)
Make use of another summer fruit in this colorful green tea drink—watermelon! This recipe is sugar free, and the green tea in it adds a dose of antioxidants. Enjoy a classic summer flavor without worrying about added sugar—or watermelon seed-spitting. A win-win! Click here for the recipe.
Honey Chamomile Popsicles (photo via Vanilla and Bean)
Coffee isn’t the only thing that makes a delicious popsicle! You know those cold fall and winter nights when you wind down for bedtime with a cup of chamomile tea? This recipe is the summer version of that nighttime treat. Sit outside on the patio and enjoy a refreshing popsicle with a comforting flavor (and no caffeine!). Click here for the recipe.
Allie was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, Pilates instructor, old soul, and chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at alliemyszka.com.