Summer Drinks

Summer Drinks

It’s official. Cold drinks are taking over for the rest of the summer, and nothing quite beats an iced filter on days like these.


It's that time of year when our favourite hot beverages take a back seat whilst we try and cope through a blazing summer heatwave. Sadly, flat whites and filters on days like these just aren't quite so reviving, but thankfully iced coffees and teas are in abundance and many of your favourite coffee spots are serving up some truly tantalising options.

If you're keeping your cool at home, on the beach or out at a picnic and fancy brewing up your own refreshing concoction, look no further as we have some great coffee and tea recipes with thanks to Sarah Hannaway, Bailies Trainer and reigning Irish Barista Champion. 

Sarah has given us her best coffee recommendations for iced drinks whilst sharing some handy and easy to make at home recipes to keep your cool over the rest of the summer months. 

Which coffee tastes best with ice?

Not all coffee is going to taste great as an iced option. With that in mind, Sarah suggested a couple of options that would hold up their great flavour and profile even when served ice cold. 

For Sarah, Bailies Single Origin Colombia Compecafe is a firm favourite and great options for most iced coffees whether with milk, milk alternatives or served black, but, suggests any Colombian would be a winner, including our microlot options; Colombia El Carmen Natural and Colombia Totoro which can be paired with milk alternatives to make a delicious 'Japanese Style' iced drink (see recipe below). Whilst warning some Microlot options might be too acidic to pair with milk as an iced option, Kenya Kamwangi would be a great choice as a straight up iced coffee sans milk.

For the milk & milk alternative lovers- 'Japanese Style' iced pour over

*Sarah's recommendation- Coconut milk

This recipe can be applied to the following brew methods: hand pour (V60, Kalita, Chemex), batch brew or Aeropress.

What you'll need:

  • Milk options: Coconut/Oat/Cow
  • Coffee recommendations: Colombia Compecafe or Colombia Totoro
  • V60/Aeropress/Chemex
  • Grinder
  • Filter papers (suited to your brewing device) 
  • Kettle
  • Water 
  • Ice

Recipe: 1:8 ratio

  • Grind: Fine/Medium
  • 30gs in
  • 240ml out
  • Total time: 2:45

Brewed coffee ratio to milk - 1:1

Method: Pour 120ml in glass, fill to top with ice and dilute with you favourite milk option of choice! 

Makes two cups.

For the black coffee fans- Classic iced pour over

This recipe can be applied to the following brew methods: hand pour (V60, Kalita, Chemex), batch brew or Aeropress. 

Makes two small cups or one mega iced (your choice), but can be adjusted for even larger amounts. Just remember to adjust your grind texture and water/ice ratio! 

What you'll need:

  • Coffee recommendations: Kenyan or El Carmen
  • V60/Aeropress/Chemex
  • Grinder
  • Filter Papers (suited to your brewing device)
  • Kettle
  • Water 
  • Ice
Recipe: 1:18 ratio

Grind: Medium
22gs in
205gs out
Total time: 2:46
Method: Brew filter over 187gs of ice in coffee prep vessel. Use large ice cubes to help with how fast it will dilute/melt.
When finished pour over transfer to glass, taste and add more ice for personal taste.

Non Coffee Alternative- Classic Iced Tea with Lemon and Mint

Best suited to an immersion method-  tea pot (with strainer) or french press.
What you'll need:
  • Assam or Rooibos tea (loose leaf)
  • 5gs of tea to 227ml of water. (Adjust for batch sizes)
  • Lemon 
  • Mint Leaves
  • 10gs of black tea. 227ml of 96 degree water for 3 minutes with 227ml of cold water added on top.
  • Leave to brew for 15/20 minutes depending on how strong you would like it. Shorter time = lighter more delicate tea. Longer time = strong more robust tannin flavours.
  • Strain the tea leaves out of the brew.
  • Fill mason glass with large ice cubes adding lemon and mint leaves.
  • For the sweet toothed lover add a dash of honey or sugar to taste.

Helpful tip: If it is a little bitter add sugar or a pinch of baking soda. Disclaimer for bigger batches: if storing in fridge allow the drink to cool first before putting in the fridge. Otherwise it will make the drink cloudy. This does not affect the taste or quality in the slightest, but can look strange! 👍🙌
And that's it! 
Some simple recipes to help keep you cool and caffeinated in the hottest of weather this summer. 
You can purchase any of the recipe ingredients and equipment from our webshop and hit us up on the Bailies IG for any questions or queries. 
Happy Brewing!





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