Are you in need of a unique drink to spruce up your morning meals? Something other than the normal cup of coffee or glass of orange juice?
The truth is, in terms of breakfast, it’s hard to bring something new to the table. Breakfast is an established genre filled with eggs, bacon, and pancakes… right?
Enter the Apple Iced Coffee.
It brings together breakfast’s best players into one cup of cold, sweet goodness, and shows off your barista and your bartending skills in the process.
If you’re looking for a radical way to spruce up your breakfast presentation, this is it.
Apple Iced Coffee
Are you in need of a unique drink to spruce up your morning meals? The Apple Iced Coffee brings together breakfast’s best players into one cup of cold, sweet goodness, and shows off your barista and your bartending skills in the process.
- 1 shot espresso
- crushed ice
- 3-4 ice cubes
- 3 oz apple juice
- 1/2 oz apple syrup
- 1 slice apple optional
Pull the espresso and let it cool
Take a glass, add the syrup to the bottom, and then the crushed ice on top of the syrup
Layer the apple juice into the mixture by pouring it slowly over the back of the spoon
Add the ice cubes and coffee to the shaker and shake. Remove the ice cubes from the shaken mixture
Use the back of the spoon to layer the iced coffee into the drink
Serve with a slice of apple as a garnish
How to Make an Apple Iced Coffee
The ingredients here are pretty simple, which is always a plus!
Don’t panic when it comes to layering the drink. We provide some insight into that skill below the recipe.
For now, though, just understand that all it requires is a little knowledge and some steady hands.
Alright, on with the tutorial!
What You’ll Need
- Pull your espresso shot.
- Let the coffee cool.
- While the coffee is cooling, take your glass and add the syrup to the bottom.
- Next, add the crushed ice on top of the syrup.
- Layer the apple juice into the mixture by pouring it slowly over the back of the spoon.
- Add the ice cubes and coffee to the shaker and shake.
- Remove the ice cubes from the shaken mixture.
- Use the back of the spoon to layer the iced coffee into the drink.
- Serve with a slice of apple as a garnish. (Optional)
- This should be a pretty obvious one, but don’t stir this drink as you’ll mess up your layering!
- A great addition to the experience is to chill the glass beforehand in the freezer.
The technique of layering a drink with a spoon (also referred to as “floating”) is a key factor to this recipe and is well worth learning to add to your bartending repertoire.
Not only can layering a drink lead to some wild tasting experiences as you work your way down through each layer, it can also take a delicious beverage and turn it into a freaking work of art!
The key here is to order the liquids by density so they don’t sink into the previously added ingredient. (Don’t panic, you don’t need a masters in chemistry to figure this part out. Just put those Googling skills to use to look up any drink densities you need for future recipes!)
Once you have your densities figured out, start layering!
Flip the spoon upside down and bring it down low over the drink.
Pro Tip: A bar spoon has a longer handle, which keeps things steady and makes it an ideal tool for floating.
Pour the liquid slowly over the spoon, raising the utensil ever so gently as the glass fills. You can see this in action in this video here:
And that’s it! Just remember, practice makes perfect. For more info on layering drinks, check out this article.
What Kind of Coffee to Choose?
The main thing to keep in mind is that you want to find a coffee bean that is fruity. You’re combining it with apple juice after all, so it just makes sense to choose ingredients that complement each other.
There are therefore some beans that you should steer away from for this recipe, including dark roasted or exceptionally earthy coffee beans.
Instead, steer towards a fruitier choice. These beans are often processed using a wet rather than a dry washing method (washing methods are usually printed on the label on a bag of coffee beans).
Also, aim for a lighter roast. Generally, these kinds of coffee beans come from places like Africa and Central and South America.
Note: More on washing methods and other details to help in choosing your coffee beans here!
Do I Have to Use Espresso?
We are all for being adventurous when it comes to coffee cocktails. But, just for the record, the official coffee ingredient here is a shot of espresso.
However, if a freshly brewed espresso is inaccessible when you go to make this recipe, you can make a nice batch of stovetop espresso (option #4 in the article) as an alternative.
While it won’t have quite the same intensity as espresso, it still packs a punch and can be a lot easier to make at home if you don’t own an espresso machine.
A delicious Twist on breakfast
The next time you’re prepping for an impromptu brunch, a breakfast with friends, or any other morning meal, remember the Apple Iced Coffee.
It’s a great new twist on some breakfast classics that will wow you and your friends with both the flavor profile and the presentation itself!
If you’ve tried this, tell us your story! We want to hear how it went. And, as always, please consider sharing the recipe so we can revolutionize as many brunches as possible!