For serveral years, I've wanted to travel to Europe. To celebrate my anticipated June graduation, I had planned on taking an Italian cruise this summer, but plans changed and now I'm visiting a friend in London at the end of June. From there I plan on visiting many other European countries including Switzerland, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Italy. Not sure if I'll have time (or money) for Germany or France but that's a pretty lengthy list already! I know I'll be jet lagged at least three times this summer, but I can't wait!
In preparation for this trip, I'm trying recipes with European influences. First up, this super easy Ice Coffee from Germany! What's funny about this recipe, is I used to do this whenever I was out of coffee creamer. I had no idea this was actually a thing! This coffee is totally refreshing on a hot day and requires no added sugar.
GERMAN ICED COFFEE
- Strong brewed coffee, chilled
- 1 – 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream (bourbon vanilla, if you can find it)
- Whipped cream (Germans use unsweetened)
- Chocolate shavings or cocoa powder as garnish
There won’t be any of my usual “how to” photos because there’s just really nothing to this recipe.
- Pour your chilled coffee in a glass while leaving enough room for the ice cream.
- Add 1 – 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream (or however much your heart desires).
- Top it off with a healthy dose of whipped cream (whipped cream is healthy, right?).
- Garnish with chocolate shavings or cocoa powder
- Serve with a spoon and drink with a straw. This is a must. Okay, not really but it is the way it’s usually done.
The other way to do it (AKA the way I did it) is to simply put your ice cream in first. This gives the Eiskaffee more of a latte look.
A note about the sweetness:
To save on calories and avoid an overly sweet drink, I wouldn't suggest adding sugar. However, if you’d prefer a sweeter version, I’d recommend adding the sugar to your coffee while it’s still hot, as sugar does not dissolve well in cold drinks.
- Try using chocolate ice cream for a caffè mocha twist.
- Other garnish options include chocolate sprinkles, instant coffee or cinnamon. Oh, maybe even some ground cardamon.