Just a little cold brew and some delicious spices will make you a flavorful afternoon treat!
This Orange Cinnamon Iced Coffee Recipe is full of fall flavors but is refreshing enough for any time of the year.
Spice up your basic cup of coffee by infusing it with extra flavor!
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Originally posted November 12, 2014. Updated to include better directions.
There are times, in every mom’s life, when she’s drinking multiple cups of coffee a day.
And while the caffeine is wonderful, sometimes we need to jazz up that basic brew.
This Spiced Iced Coffee recipe is perfect for the afternoons where you feel like you deserve a treat but don’t just want another cup of coffee.
What kind of coffee is best for iced coffee
For me, I like to use cold brew. Cold brew is made by soaking the coffee beans in water to extract the oils, caffeine and sugars. It’s a long process.
Yes, you can make cold brew at home, but you can also buy it ready-made in most markets. It’s a real time saver.
Cold brew also tends to be less acidic so it’s easier on your stomach.
If you don’t have cold brew available, you can absolutely use regular coffee. You can simply save your leftover morning coffee and put it in the fridge to chill.
Or you can make a batch to pour over ice. Keep in mind the hot liquid will melt the ice so you should aim for the coffee to be extra strong to start.
How to make Orange Spiced Iced Coffee
I’ve mentioned my love of Whole Foods iced coffee bar before, but they also sell their cold brew by the bottle.
So I picked one up, because I knew it would be bold and flavorful. I ain’t got time for weak, wussy coffee.
You’ll need an orange for the zest and some warm, holiday-like spices to make this extra flavorful coffee drink.
Add a little half and half and some agave or simple syrup if that’s how you prefer your coffee.
Or you can really level up and use this Vanilla Cinnamon Simple Syrup.
There is something about the smell of fresh orange zest and nutmeg that makes me want to wrap some presents. (And keep in mind that our holidays in Southern California are often rather warm…).
And then when you add in these other spices, well, it’s all over. I might as well stop what I’m doing and deck some halls.
You don’t have to use whole spices, but I think the flavor and scent is SO much better. It’s not a make or break situation. Use what you have.
Also, feel free to change up the flavors you use. Cardamom would be delicious. And a little bit of vanilla would be heavenly.
With the pre-made coffee, this is super easy to make.
Just add the cold brew coffee, spices and orange zest to a cocktail shaker.
Add the sweetener, if using. And you can add the half and half now also, just know it will get frothy as it’s shaken.
Add ice and shake it off, shake it off. Heart breakers gonna break break break break break…Sorry, Taylor Swift just gets me.
As you may know, sometimes when you add spices to beverages they don’t mix in well. So I used a cocktail shaker to really incorporate them. And it chills it nicely.
And it reminds me of cocktails. And it looks cool.
I love to drink my cinnamon coffee in a jar with fresh ice. Then a little more fresh nutmeg grated right on the top is the perfect way to finish this refreshing drink.
It looks pretty and the fragrance is like, whoa.
If you want to make a larger batch, you can! Just modify the recipe to account for multiple servings.
Pour yourself a serving to enjoy and then just keep the rest in an air-tight container in the fridge.
Be sure to mix before pouring another serving as the spices may settle in the bottom.
This spiced iced coffee recipe with orange is so simple, so delicious and so flavorful.
You know how orange goes really well with chocolate? Well it goes equally well with coffee.
But you can also add a little bit of chocolate, if you’d like, to turn this into a mocha.
That’s what is so great about this cold brew recipe. It can be modified to include tons of different flavor options. You can even add a little pumpkin and make this a fall favorite.
Make some cold brew ice cubes ahead of time if you want to ensure there is no dilution from traditional ice melting.
Orange spiced iced coffee is the perfect afternoon pick me up for the holiday season and beyond.
More refreshing drinks for mom:
- Are you an iced tea lover? Make this Shaken Basil Iced Tea. I love using fresh herbs in drinks!
- Not quite ready for a cocktail? Make a Bitters and Soda. It’s cocktail adjacent and a great afternoon drink to sip.
- This Orange Cardamom Hot Chocolate Recipe is a fun twist on a classic cold-weather treat!
Orange Cinnamon Iced Coffee
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice.
- Mix well until shaker is frosty on the outside.
- Pour over ice in glass.
- Top with a little extra fresh grated nutmeg.
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