If you are like me, your coffee preference changes seasonally. During fall and winter, hot coffee from my French press is what motivates me to crawl out of my warm bed and make my way to work in the dark. I will also drink the occasional peppermint mocha from Starbucks because you really can't not. Cappuccinos are nice too, especially at Zoka.
During the warmer months, my caffeine-addled self wakes up wanting coffee but the idea of brewing a pot of hot coffee has zero appeal. This poses a problem. I have a solution- homemade iced vanilla lattes made with cold brewed coffee.
Make your vanilla simple syrup and cold brew your coffee ahead of time. I used this recipe for cold brew and having the concentrate on hand is a game changer. It means delicious iced coffee is at the ready always! This is ideal when you wake up late and want to drink an iced coffee on your walk to work. Don't feel like cold brewing? No worries, just substitute the concentrate for strong, chilled coffee or (if you are fancy and have the machinery) espresso.
Iced Vanilla Latte
4 oz cold brew coffee concentrate (or very strong brewed coffee, cooled)
4 oz milk
1/2-3/4 oz vanilla simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like your drinks)
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1. Combine syrup and coffee concentrate in a glass, stirring to combine
2. Add ice then top with milk, stir gently to mix