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Colorful Slow Sipper Iced Coffee Recipes

Colorful Slow Sipper Iced Coffee Recipes

Spring is here! The earth is starting to breathe color back in the world. It makes us feel a little more cheery, have a little more energy, and makes us excited for the summer months to come. We wanted to create some fun colorful drinks you can make at home this spring! These recipes are dashing pastel colors that would be a perfect drink for an Easter get together. They're also great for those friends you know who take forever to drink their iced coffee. It won't be getting watered down anymore with these recipes!
All of these recipes are pretty simple, but first let's cover some of the basics we'll need to know in order to make these from scratch. We'll be using whipped cream, coffee or espresso ice cubes, and simple syrup for every recipe. You could of course just buy each of these at your local grocery store, but that's not as fun!
Spring flowers

WHIPPED CREAM

Basic whipped cream only takes three ingredients and a mixer (or a little elbow grease if you don't have one).
Ingredients:
1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of sweetener
First, let's start by putting our mixing bowl in the freezer. If you don't have a standard mixer, then you'll want to put your whisk in the freezer as well. Once They've gotten good and cold for about 10 minutes, pour in 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. I like the heavy assortment over regular whipping cream; it produces fluffier whipped cream and better stiff peaks. Then add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and two tablespoons of sweetener. You can choose from a variety of sweeteners like honey, confectioners sugar, or maple syrup. Once combined, add to your standard mixer and mix on high until you see stiff peaks form. "Stiff peaks" are when you can put your spoon in the whipped cream, pull it out, turn it upside down, and the cream has kept its mountain like shape. If you just have a mixing bowl and whisk; put the whisk in the bowl and hold it between the palms of your hands and rub them together like you were trying to warm them up. This will make the whisk spin quickly; therefore whipping your cream! The last step is to try not to eat it all before you top your drink with it, haha.
You can create any flavor of whipped cream you'd like. Just substitute your favorite flavor for the 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla!
How to make whipped cream from scratch

SIMPLE SYRUP

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
It's not called simple syrup for nothing. This recipe is equal parts sugar, equal parts water. Combine in a pot and bring to a boil. Once all of the sugar is incorporated into a liquid, remove it from the stove and allow it to cool fully. 
There are so many great ways to use simple syrup. It's wonderful for cocktails, coffee (obviously), and even baking! There's an unlimited number of flavor options as well. To create a flavored simple syrup, just add whatever you'd like to flavor it as to the boil. This could be slices of real lime, cinnamon stick, rum, or simply a flavor extract. Let your flavoring of choice boil with the sugar & water and cool. Keeping it combined through the whole process will allow the flavor to fully infuse and create a more rich flavor. Once cooled, you can remove the pieces of fruit (or whatever) or strain the syrup through a colander.

COFFEE ICE CUBES

Ingredients:
Coffee
You probably already know how to make this just from the name. We're a huge fan of coffee ice cubes at Kidd, because they not only keep your iced coffee from getting watered down, but they are also a great way to reduce waste. If you're the type to never finish your pot of coffee; don't throw it down the drain! Fill up an ice cube tray with the leftovers and pop it in the freezer! These are not only great for iced coffee, but are also a tasty addition to chocolate protein shakes, or to cool down hot coffee that's a little too hot without watering it down.
 
If you're more the espresso type, you could even freeze shots of espresso!
Alright, now that we've got the basics down, let's make some pretty drinks!

Spring Coffee Recipe

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Peaches & Cream

Ingredients:
- 2 Coffee or Espresso Ice Cubes
- 1 Cup of Whole Milk
- 1 Tablespoon of Peach Flavored Simple Syrup
- One Squirt Of Orange Food Coloring
- As Much Whipped Cream As Your Heart Desires (and don't let anyone tell you otherwise)
Let's start off by prepping our beautiful colored and peach flavored milk. Follow the directions above for how to make flavored simple syrup. You can use slices of real peaches or a peach flavored extract. Once you've finished your syrup, go ahead and add 1 tablespoon to 1 cup of whole milk.
Next, the glam. For these recipes, I used a conventional Betty Crocker pack of food coloring but there are tons of natural coloring options out there as well. I used the BC Gel food coloring. It took quite a bit to get the color nice and vibrant. Use as much as you need to achieve the desired color. Mix until fully incorporated, the gel coloring takes a while to mix.
Next, we will prep our whipped cream following the recipe above. Once your stiff peaks have formed, go ahead and put it in the fridge to keep it nice and cold. If you listened closely at the beginning, I said we would need coffee ice cubes for each of these recipes. I hope you remembered to make them! 
 The Assembly: Start off by placing 2 coffee or espresso ice cubes in your coffee mug of choice. Next, add your colorful delicious milk and top with the fluffiest whipped cream known to man.
Enjoy this slow sippin' delight.
Peaches and cream iced coffee, colorful coffee
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Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Mmm, just saying "chocolate covered strawberry" makes my mouth water. There aren't many treats as celebrated and romantic as this one. Now you can sip on your favorite flavor all through the day...with a little kick of caffeine! Let's start by making our chocolate whipped cream. Follow the whipped cream recipe above, but instead of adding vanilla extract, add chocolate. You can use an extract or Hershey's chocolate powder. We opted for the later. Just add to taste if using the powder! 
Secondly, let's prep our Strawberry milk. You could technically purchase strawberry milk from the store, but trust us...Homemade strawberry milk is life changing. Follow the simple syrup recipe above and either add in strawberry flavoring or boil slices of strawberry with the sugar-water mixture. Be sure to let the strawberries cool with the mixture before removing for a more intense flavor. 
Now let's combine our 1 cup of milk, one tablespoon of strawberry simple syrup, and our pink food coloring of choice. You should end up with a color as pretty as a pink tulip. 
Next place two coffee or espresso ice cubes in your glass of choice. Add your cup of strawberry milk, top with your chocolate whipped cream, and sprinkle some extra chocolate powder or chocolate chips on top...Cause why not? 
We promise this will be the rave of your spring party or Easter get together!
Chocolate strawberry iced coffee, colorful coffee
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Blackberry Cardamom

Oh, sweet sweet cardamom. Anytime I discover there's cardamom in a drink, I order it. No questions asked. In my opinion, the blackberry pairs perfectly to create a truly unique and slightly savory-sweet drink. 
Ingredients:
- 2 Coffee or Espresso Ice Cubes
- 1 Cup of Whole Milk
- 1 Tablespoon of Blackberry Flavored Simple Syrup
- One Squirt Of Purple Food Coloring
- Basic Whipped Cream
Let's start by prepping our coffee/ espresso ice cubes and our basic whipped cream. No special flavoring required here, unless you want it! Once your whipped cream is done, pop it in the fridge for safekeeping. 
Next we're going to prep our blackberry milk. Go ahead and follow the recipe above to create your blackberry simple syrup. You can use real blackberries or an extract. If you use the real thing, just be sure to strain the syrup once fully cooled so you don't get any unwanted seeds in your drink! 
Next combine 1 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon of your blackberry simple syrup, and your purple food coloring of choice. This color ended up being my favorite.
You know the drill by now. Add two coffee/ espresso ice cubes to your coffee mug, add your blackberry milk, top with whipped cream...and the grand finale. Sprinkle that cardamom, baby! It doesn't take much, which is why we didn't add cardamom flavoring to the milk. It's a very strong spice. But don't be afraid to play around with this recipe yourself and let us know what you think!
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Thin Mint

Can you imagine getting to sip on your favorite girl scout cookie all day? YUM. This slow sipper is probably my favorite. Mint and chocolate are the perfect pair. 
Ingredients:
- 1 Thin Mint or Grasshopper Cookie
- 2 Coffee or Espresso Ice Cubes
- 1 Cup of Whole Milk
- 1 Tablespoon of Mint Flavored Simple Syrup
- One Squirt Of Green Food Coloring
- Chocolate Whipped Cream
First, we of course need to make sure our coffee or espresso ice cubes are prepped. As well as our chocolate whipped cream. Follow the basic whipped cream recipe above but substitute the vanilla extract for chocolate. You can also use Hershey's chocolate powder. Just know it will take a while to incorporate into the heavy cream. Once that's finished, keep it cold in the refrigerator. 
Next let's create our mint flavored milk. Follow the simple syrup recipe above to create your mint syrup. You can use real mint leaves or mint extract. Just be sure to let the leaves both boil and cool with the sugar water for a strong flavor.
Then combine 1 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon of mint simple syrup, and green food coloring. Mix until thoroughly incorporated. Now we're ready for the assembly!
Drop 2 coffee/ espresso ice cubes in your cup of choice. Pour in your mint milk and top with chocolate whipped cream...And of course, we can't forget the cookie! 
Thin Mint Flavored Iced Coffee, Colorful Coffee
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Berries & Cream

Ingredients:
- 2 Coffee or Espresso Ice Cubes
- 1 Cup of Whole Milk
- 1 Tablespoon of Blueberry Flavored Simple Syrup
- 1 Squirt Of Blue Food Coloring
- As Much Whipped Cream As Your Heart Desires
- Cinnamon or White Chocolate Powder
One of my favorite and easy desserts growing up was berries in sweetened milk. Simple as that, but man it's such a delight. This drink definitely brought back some sweet childhood memories. It's a great refreshing drink for spring/ summer.
Start by prepping your coffee ice cubes and your basic vanilla whipped cream. Store each of these in your refrigerator/ freezer to keep them cold.
Next, we will create our blueberry milk. Follow the simple syrup recipe above and add either real blueberries or blueberry extract. Let the syrup cool fully before moving on to the next step.
Combine 1 cup of whole milk, 1 tablespoon of blueberry simple syrup, and your blue food coloring. Add two coffee/ espresso ice cubes to your coffee mug of choice. I'd recommend a clear one so you can see its beauty in its full glory. Next, pour in your blueberry milk, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle a little extra love on top; AKA: cinnamon or white chocolate.
berries and cream coffee, colorful coffee

Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below!

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