Do you ever find yourself wiping the sweat from your brow on a hot summer day, craving something cold to drink?
Who hasn’t? Unless you live at the North Pole, or something…
Well, the next time you finish up that outdoor project, or are simply looking for a way to relax in the heat, consider making an Orange Spiced Iced Coffee to bring with you.
You won’t regret it.
It’s as delicious as it is a tongue twister, and it’s an amazing way to cool off when that summer buzz has got you hot and sweaty.
Orange Spiced Iced Coffee
This Orange Spiced Iced Coffee is as delicious as it is a tongue twister, and it’s an amazing way to cool off when that summer buzz has got you hot and sweaty.
- ground coffee
fresh orange peels
- half and half
- ice or coffee cubes
Add the orange peels, coffee grounds, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the French press or drip maker
Brew your coffee, then cool it off in the fridge
Fill your glass first with ice or coffee cubes
Pour the coffee over the ice, and add half and half and sweetener
How to Make an Orange Spiced Iced Coffee
One of the best parts about this cool, refreshing, delectable drink is that it’s really easy to make.
And we LOVE that.
When something is spectacularly simple and delicious at the same time, its nothing short of a complete and utter win-win.
It also works in either a French press or a coffee maker, so there’s no need to revolutionize your coffee-making setup to get some.
Ready to cool off?
Let’s do this!
Make sure to get 2 tbsp ground coffee if you plan to use a French press or ⅓ cup ground coffee for a drip maker.
- A French press or coffee maker
In the French Press
- Add the orange peels, coffee grounds, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the French press.
- Add hot water and steep for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Let it cool off and then, once it’s at room temperature, pop it in the fridge to chill.
- (Optional) To speed up the process, you can pour the steeped coffee into a temperature-safe container, and put it directly in the fridge. Be warned, though – this way leads to a less flavorful drink, as you give it much less time to steep with the orange peels and spices.
In a Drip Maker
- Add the orange peels, coffee grounds, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg directly into the filter of the drip maker.
- Add water and brew the coffee.
- Pour into a temperature-safe container and chill in the fridge.
Making the Orange Spiced Iced Coffee
- Once the flavored coffee has chilled, take it out of the fridge.
- Fill your glass first with ice or coffee cubes.
- Next, pour the coffee over the ice.
- Last but not least, add half and half and sweetener in your preferred amount.
- Don’t pop a hot, glass French press directly in the fridge. The temperature difference could crack it! Let it fully cool off before chilling it.
Things to Know about this Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe
- This recipe is for you diet-restricted coffee lovers out there, as this drink is both vegetarian and gluten-free! If you’re vegan or lactose-free, try using vegan half and half as an alternative to the regular stuff.
- The drink itself should only take a few minutes to put together. So while there is a “chilling” time, the official prep time is actually lightening quick and only a couple minutes longer than prepping a normal cup of joe.
- This one is a drink for you and a friend or two. The recipe makes three servings (or two big ones!).
If you’re not familiar with coffee cubes… you should be!
Once you try coffee cubes, you’ll never use ice in your coffee again. And they’re damn easy to make, too!
All you need is an ice cube tray and some brewed coffee. Let the coffee cool, pour it into the tray, pop it in the freezer and, hey presto! You’ll have some delicious coffee cubes in no time.
You can see the rundown on making them here!
French Press vs Drip Coffee
While we already touched on this a little bit during the instructions, you can make this one using either a French press or a coffee maker. With that said, an obvious question that arises is: which one is better?
The resounding (and frustrating) answer is that it depends.
Don’t you just love answers that don’t answer anything?
But don’t despair. We’ve whipped together a very thorough breakdown on the differences between French press and drip methods to help you make your decision.
Give it a read and make your own choice with confidence, knowing that either way, you’re making the delicious drink you desire.
If you’ve made it this far, you should have an amazing drink in hand – one that will perk you up and cool you off all at the same time!
Let us know what you think of this one. We’d love to hear about your experience! And, as always, remember that sharing is caring!
If you are into spices, make sure to check our recipes for a viennexican coffee, lavender iced coffee, and fresh mint iced coffee.