Damn Good Summer Iced Coffee Cocktails + Moka Pot

If you love coffee, chances are, you probably drink your coffee black a majority of the time occasionally adding milk or creamer to it. However, if you want to try some new things, read this blog on various takes on a couple iced drinks!

You may be familiar with the Arnold Palmer, a combination of iced tea and lemonade. But, I recently tried a Cold Brew Arnold Palmer. Simply put, it’s Ethiopian cold brew and Lemonade.

Ethiopian Sidamo Cold Brew Arnold Palmer. Cold Brew and lemonade!

Things you will need to make this drink: Ethiopian Sidamo Cold Brew and lemonade.

I recommend getting lemonade concentrate or making your own lemonade from scratch. Whichever you prefer.

The first take on this drink all you need is a glass full of ice, fill it half way with lemonade then fill it up cold brew. Done. Enjoy!

However, we can take it a step further and sweeten it up a little. Add half a serving to a full serving of simple syrup then add half a glass of lemonade and stir vigorously. Next, take 4-5 mint leaves and smack them between your hands, add them, then stir vigorously again before fill the rest with cold brew! This is my favorite version of this drink. The mint really smooths out the drink and makes it very refreshing!

Cold Brew Arnold Palmer and mint! Viking Coffee Ethiopian Sidamo Cold Brew Arnold Palmer. Cold brew, lemonade, and mint.

BUT! Say you’re having a cook out, having friends over, getting rowdy at the pool party. Welp, all ya need is the all the ingredients just mention before for the this Cold Brew Arnold Palmer AND 1.5 - 2 shots of white rum! Not only do you not get the harsh bit of alcohol but you can pick up on the notes from the rum, lemonade, and coffee with a refreshing hit of mint!

Cold coffee and lemonade. Cold Brew and lemonade. Cold Brew Arnold Palmer with mint.

This last drink definitely involves a little bit more but would be a great addition to a Saturday or Sunday breakfast. I’ll just call it the Damn Good Iced Latte

What you will need:

  • Vanilla Extract

  • Simple Syrup

  • Heavy Whipping Cream

  • Costa Rican Coffee

  • Vanilla Almond Milk

  • Ice

Here is what to do!

  1. In a small cup or pitcher pour in 1.5 - 2 shots of heavy whipping cream. Next add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of simply syrup.

  2. This next step can be done with a Moka Pot (How to brew in a Moka Pot at the bottom.) if you don’t have an espresso machine. I used Costa Rican coffee for my espresso because there is a nice balance of warm chocolate and cocoa notes with some flavor of red berry and fig. If you have an espresso machine, simply pull your shot into the concoction mentioned in the first step.

  3. Stir the espresso into the mixture to ensure the simple syrup and vanilla extract get dissolved and blended well into the mixture.

  4. In your glass fill it to the top with ice and pour in your vanilla almond milk a little more than 3/4 way full. (You can use regular milk if you like or coconut milk if almond or regular milk aren’t your thing.)

  5. Lastly, pour in your espresso mixture into the almond milk and enjoy!

Damn Good Iced Latte. Best Iced Latte Ever. Best Summertime Latte. Delicious Summer time latte.

How to use a Moka Pot

Okay, so you don’t have an espresso machine but you do have a stovetop, kettle, and a good grinder. Awesome!

There are three parts to a Moka Pot. The bottom chamber where the water goes, the top chamber where brewed espresso ends up. and the middle coffee chamber where steam passes through the coffee and up the spout of the top chamber to create the espresso.


  1. Put water in a kettle and let it bring the water to a boil. The reason for doing this is because you don’t want the Moka Pot sitting on the burner baking the coffee while the water boils. Your espresso will be terribly bitter.

  2. With you grinder make it super fine grind or as fine as your grinder will go and fill that middle coffee chamber all the way up and smooth out the coffee until it is level with the lip but do not pack it down. If you do pack it down you’ll end up creating more pressure that could result in leaking or the Moka Pot exploding. Also, make sure you turn your burner on so it is good and hot by the time your water is done boiling.

  3. Once the water is done boiling add the water to the bottom chamber just to the bottom of the nipple that releases extra pressure. Put the middle coffee chamber into the bottom chamber and screw on the top chamber. Place it onto your burner.

  4. Once the Moka Pot is on your burner it can take anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute before you see coffee starting to come out the middle spout. Keep an eye on it while its brewing because once it gets to the end you will start to see large bubbles coming out of the spout, that is when you want to kill the burner, pull off the Moka Pot and run the bottom chamber under some cold water to stop the brewing.

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