As a barista, I know a thing or two about coffee recipes. And today, I want to share with you one of my all-time favorites: the Hazelnut Iced Coffee. If you’re looking for a cool, refreshing drink to perk you up on a hot summer day, this is the recipe for you.
Imagine the smooth, rich taste of hazelnuts mixed with flavorful brewed coffee and poured over ice cubes. It’s a decadent combination that will satisfy your taste buds and give you the energy boost you need to power through your day. Trust me when I say that once you try it, you won’t be able to get enough.
But why settle for an ordinary iced coffee when you can take it up a notch with this delicious hazelnut twist? Whether you’re hosting a summer gathering or just looking for a quick pick-me-up, this recipe is sure to impress.
So grab your ingredients and get ready to indulge in a refreshing hazelnut iced coffee that will have you craving more.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you an iced coffee enthusiast looking for a new flavor to indulge in? Look no further than this refreshing Hazelnut Iced Coffee recipe.
Not only does the hazelnut flavor add a sweet and nutty twist to your classic iced coffee, but the recipe is also incredibly simple to make. With just a few ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can enjoy a delicious and refreshing iced coffee that’s perfect for any occasion.
The addition of hazelnut syrup not only elevates the taste but also adds a gourmet touch to the drink that will impress guests at brunch or hosting at home.
Plus, this recipe is incredibly customizable – add chocolate sauce or whipped cream to turn it into a chocolate hazelnut iced coffee, or substitute the milk with your favorite non-dairy alternative.
Whether you’re looking for an indulgent afternoon pick-me-up or hosting friends on a hot summer day, this Hazelnut Iced Coffee recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So why not try it out today? Your taste buds (and your friends) will thank you.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make a delicious hazelnut iced coffee:
- 1 cup of brewed coffee
- 2 cups of ice cubes
- 1 tbsp of hazelnut syrup
- ½ cup of milk of your choice
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- (Optional) sugar-free coffee creamer
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate sauce
Most of the ingredients can be found in your local grocery store, but if you want to be fancy or you cannot get some of them, you can always buy them online or go to a local coffee shop. Don’t forget that the quality of the ingredients you use will affect the taste and final result of your hazelnut iced coffee.
The Recipe How-To
Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to start making your Hazelnut Iced Coffee. No need to spend a fortune at Starbucks for this refreshing beverage, this homemade recipe is easy to make and won’t break the bank.
Start by brewing a fresh cup of coffee (1 cup). You can use a drip coffee maker with ground coffee or even cold brew (tips: if using cold brew, dilute it with some water since it has a stronger flavor).
While the coffee is still hot, add 1 tablespoon of hazelnut syrup and 1 tablespoon of sugar (more or less depending on your personal preference) to give it that hazelnut flavor.
Stir well until the sugar dissolves properly then allow the mixture to cool. Once cooled down pour into an ice-cube tray and freeze (optional step).
Fill your serving glass with ice cubes (fill about half way).
Add ½ cup of milk to the serving glass with ice cubes.
Pour in the chilled coffee/hazelnut mixture over the ice and stir.
To give it that extra decadence, add a dollop of whipped cream on top! And if you’re feeling extra fancy, drizzle some chocolate sauce or sprinkle crushed hazelnuts for a chocolate hazelnut twist.
And voilà! Your homemade refreshing Hazelnut Iced Coffee is ready for sipping enjoyment.
- Use your preferred milk choice: whole milk, 2%, almond/soy/coconut milk.
- Substitute sugar with sugar-free sweeteners (stevia, Splenda).
- Replace hazelnut syrup with other flavors (vanilla, caramel, mocha) for different variations.
- Make whipped cream using heavy whipping cream or use ready-made whipped cream/topping from grocery stores/online.
- Adjust coffee-milk ratio for a stronger/weaker taste.
Now enjoy your delicious homemade Hazelnut Iced Coffee!
Substitutions and Variations
Here are a few substitutions and variations you can try with this hazelnut iced coffee recipe to switch things up and add some excitement:
– Add a scoop of ice cream: Want to make it extra indulgent? Add a scoop of vanilla or hazelnut ice cream on top of your hazelnut iced coffee.
– Use chocolate hazelnut syrup: Swap out regular hazelnut syrup for chocolate hazelnut syrup to create a chocolatey twist on the refreshing hazelnut iced coffee.
– Try different milk choices: You can use your preferred milk choice like almond, soy, or coconut milk instead of regular dairy milk. It changes the texture, but you get to enjoy the flavor and the health benefits of individual elements.
– Experiment with flavored creamers: Add another layer of flavor by using flavored creamers like vanilla or caramel.
– Use cold brew instead of brewed coffee: For a smoother taste, use cold-brewed coffee instead of regular brewed coffee. Cold-brewed coffee is brewed by steeping ground coffee in cold water over some time, usually overnight; filtered and enjoyed.
– Top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce: Top your iced hazelnut latte with whipped cream and drizzle it with chocolate sauce for that extra sweet note.
With all these permutations, you can enjoy a new taste each day without getting bored with redundant flavors.
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving and pairing your hazelnut iced coffee, there are plenty of options to choose from.
One classic way to serve it up is in a tall glass with ice cubes, garnished with some whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce for an extra indulgent treat. This is perfect for those hot summer days when you want something refreshing to cool you down.
If you’re feeling fancy, try serving your hazelnut iced coffee in a stemmed glass with a sugar rim for some added sweetness. You can also experiment with different milk choices like almond or oat milk for a dairy-free alternative that will complement the hazelnut flavor.
When it comes to pairing, the hazelnut iced coffee goes well with a variety of snacks and treats. Try sipping on it alongside a slice of moist pound cake or some fluffy pancakes for a cozy breakfast treat. It also pairs perfectly with chocolate chip cookies or caramel popcorn as an afternoon pick-me-up.
If you’re looking for something more substantial, pair it with a sandwich or a salad. The hazelnut flavor of the coffee will cut through the savory notes of meat and vegetables, creating a balanced and satisfying meal.
No matter how you serve it or what you pair it with, one thing is for certain: this refreshing hazelnut iced coffee is sure to hit the spot any time of day!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
As a barista, I know that making coffee in advance saves me a lot of time and effort. The good news is that you can make the hazelnut iced coffee ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
To make this recipe ahead of time, let the brewed coffee cool down to room temperature before adding in the hazelnut syrup and milk. Add ice cubes until the container is full and cover it with a lid or plastic wrap. You can store it in your refrigerator for up to two days, but trust me, it won’t last that long with how delicious it will taste!
If you have leftovers or need to store some for later, transfer them to a covered pitcher and place it back in the fridge. When you’re ready to enjoy or serve again, give it a good stir before pouring into a tall glass filled with ice.
If you prefer your hazelnut iced coffee hot, you can reheat it by placing it in a saucepan on low heat or microwaving it for 30 seconds intervals until heated through. However, I recommend consuming it cold since it’s so refreshing.
Overall, making hazelnut iced coffee ahead of time saves you valuable minutes during busy mornings while also creating an already-chilled drink ready for any occasion. Plus, knowing how to store and reheat this tasty beverage lets you enjoy it without any unnecessary delays!
Tips for Perfect Results
Making the perfect hazelnut iced coffee might seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry, here are some tips for achieving excellent results every time. One of the most important things to keep in mind is the quality of the ingredients. Using high-quality coffee beans, hazelnut syrup and milk makes a noticeable difference in the final product.
When selecting ground coffee, look for one that’s specifically designed for making iced coffee. These typically have a coarser grind that allows for maximum flavor extraction without becoming too bitter when chilled. Similarly, opt for a high-quality hazelnut syrup made from all-natural ingredients.
Another tip is to brew your coffee extra strong (more concentrated). This is because when you add ice, it will dilute the strength of the coffee. By brewing it strong and then adding ice, you’ll end up with just the right balance of flavors.
When making hazelnut iced coffee, it’s important to chill your ingredients before combining them. Cold brew or use cooled brewed coffee before mixing it with cold milk and ice cubes. As simple as this sounds, not only can this make your drink refreshing on a hot day but also less likely to get diluted quickly.
Lastly, don’t forget about presentation! Serve your iced hazelnut coffee in a tall glass with ice cubes and garnish it with whipped cream or chocolate sauce to add a touch of indulgence to an already delicious and refreshing drink.
By following these tried-and-true tips and tricks, you’ll be able to create the perfect hazelnut iced coffee recipe in no time!
Now, let’s address some Frequently Asked Questions to help you master the art of making Hazelnut Iced Coffee. These answers will provide helpful tips and tricks to ensure your coffee is delicious every time. Whether you are an experienced barista or a rookie making their first cup of joe, these FAQs have got you covered.
What is in a hazelnut iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts?
For this recipe, we’ll be using a blend of 100% Arabica coffee beans for a smooth and flavorful brew. To add an extra layer of taste, we’ll also be incorporating a hazelnut flavored swirl syrup, made with sweetened condensed skim milk, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, water, natural and artificial flavorings, and a preservative and salt for freshness.
To finish it off, we’ll be topping the coffee with light cream, made from a combination of milk and cream, plus stabilizers for a smooth and consistent texture.
How is hazelnut flavor added to coffee?
To create Hazelnut coffee, oils – either natural or man-made – are added to coffee beans that are often considered of low quality due to defects and/or aging for prolonged periods.
What coffee goes with hazelnuts?
Hazelnut has become a popular flavor that blends seamlessly with chocolate and vanilla, making it a preferred ingredient in desserts like cookies, cakes, ice cream and gelato. One of the most widely used flavor combinations is hazelnut with coffee and creamers, which adds a delicate nutty and creamy taste to this popular beverage.
Does hazelnut and vanilla go together in coffee?
Vanilla coffee topped with a dollop of hazelnut cream is a popular and irresistible flavor blend cherished by many. Vanilla’s rich and refreshing taste complements coffee perfectly. A hint of creamy hazelnut enhances the drink’s flavor profile and texture, making it hard to resist.
In conclusion, this hazelnut iced coffee recipe is the perfect way to enjoy a refreshing beverage on a warm day. With its smooth and rich flavor, it’s no wonder why so many people love this classic coffee drink.
By following these easy steps, you can whip up a delicious hazelnut iced coffee right in your own home. And with the option to customize the recipe to your liking – add in milk, sugar or even switch up the syrups – there’s no limit to how you can make it your own.
So next time you’re in need of a pick-me-up, skip the Starbucks line and give this easy homemade recipe a try. Who knows, you may even find yourself preferring your new homemade hazelnut iced coffee over any other cafe-bought option.
Hazelnut Iced Coffee Recipe
- 5 -6 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup cold strong brewed coffee
- 1/2 cup hazelnut-flavored liquid coffee creamer
- 2 tablespoons whipped cream (optional)
- Put ice in glass.
- Pour in cold coffee.
- Pour in Hazelnut liquid Coffee-Mate.
- Add whipped cream if desired.
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John has been working in the coffee industry for over five years, having started out as a barista in the bustling city of Los Angeles. He fell in love with the craft and set out to expand his knowledge and understanding of coffee. He has traveled all over the world, visiting coffee farms and learning from the best in the industry. His mission is to share his love of coffee and its unique flavors with others, and The Drive Coffee Bar is his way of doing that.