10 cool coffee drinks around town
Warm weather marks the switch from piping hot coffee to cool, caffeinated goodness. Here, 10 trendy drinks to check out this summer.
1. Flash Brew
Poured right from the temperature-controlled keg, this flash-brewed (hot-brewed onto ice) coffee is straight-up cold, clean, strong and available to go in a refillable growler.
La Cosecha Coffee Roasters, 7360 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.440.0337
Move over, gin. Tonic water adds fizz and a foamy head to the daily featured espresso stirred with house-made jam over ice that results in a complex, bright beverage.
Blueprint Coffee, 6225 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314.266.6808
3. Turkish Coffee Martini
Cardamom-spiked, super-fine coffee is brewed Turkish-style before joining a shaken mix of Godiva chocolate cream liqueur, vodka and sugar.
Cafe Natasha’s, 3200 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.771.3411
4. Until the Morning
Hickory smoke is added to a mix of cold-press coffee, rye whiskey, bitters, simple syrup and the Italian bitter liqueur Cynar, which emphasizes the bitter character of coffee in this bright yet serious cocktail.
Blood & Sand, 1500 St. Charles St., St. Louis, 314.241.7263
5. Coffee Cola
Even the hottest temps can’t undo the sweet, refreshing bubbles of a seasonal syrup, custom created for each coffee bean varietal, to which is added ground coffee, vanilla bean and sea salt, then reduced, strained and finally suds-ed up with soda water. Ahhh …
Sump Coffee, 3700 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 917.412.5670
6. Bitt’s Cold Press
Take home a bottle of this dark and luscious concentrate and mix with water, milk, ice cream or even root beer – let your creativity flow.
Living Room, 2808 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314.899.0173
7. Jitter Mud
Thai coffee takes a ride in the blender when French-roasted Joe and sweetened condensed milk are whirled with ice cream, chocolate sauce and ground coffee, then topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce.
King & I Thai Restaurant, 3155-3157 S. Grand Ave., St. Louis, 314.771.1777
8. Barrel-aged Iced Latte
Green coffee beans spend two to three weeks aging in spent wine barrels from Chandler Hill Vineyards before being roasted and cold-brewed, resulting in a smooth yet bold coffee with fruity undertones.
Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters, 1223 Pine St., St. Louis, 314.241.4810
9. Drag Race
A cold-brew toddy goes uptown when stirred with Michter’s rye, a selection of amari and coffee liqueur for a clean, sophisticated digestif.
Planter’s House, 1000 Mississippi Ave., St. Louis, 314.696.2603
10. Sweet Cream Cold Brew
Chill out with a local version of ready-to-drink cold-brew coffee and sweet cream. On your way out, grab a second 16-ounce bottle of the agave-sweetened brew to savor later.
Park Avenue Coffee, various locations
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