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Get your iced coffee game on right with these simple hacks

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

Oh, are you going to have the best iced coffee this summer

The weather's getting hotter, and that means iced coffee season is finally here. But rather than suffer through a mediocre brew and a desk that's been swamped by the condensation rolling off your cup, try out these iced coffee hacks. Your iced coffee obsession is about to get a lot more manageable.

1. Ask for half ice

Want to get the most bang for your buck? When ordering iced coffee at a shop, ask for half ice. They keep the coffee itself cold anyway, so you don't have to worry about sipping a warm brew.

2. Make iced coffee in an instant

If planning ahead for cold brew is too much work, just make a stronger-than-usual batch of coffee, then pour it over a glass full of ice. The hot coffee will melt the ice, becoming the right strength and temperature in a matter of minutes.

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3. Use your French press

The easiest way to make cold brew? In a French press! Add coffee grounds and cold water to the carafe of your French press, then refrigerate overnight. Use the plunger as you normally would the next day for perfect cold brew, no messy straining necessary.

4. Ask for two cups

To avoid condensation making a mess of your desk, ask for two cups when you get your iced coffee — the one your beverage comes in, and a paper hot coffee cup to place the cold cup in. The condensation will drip off your plastic cup and into the paper cup instead of all over your desk.

5. Wrap it with napkins

If you can't swing two cups, simply wrapping your cup in a double layer of napkins should be enough to prevent condensation from wreaking havoc on your day.

6. Bring your own bottle

For the ultimate long-lasting iced coffee, bring a double-walled, stainless steel water bottle or travel mug to the coffee shop. It will keep your beverage icy cold until the last sip, and condensation will be the furthest thing from your mind.

7. Make coffee cubes

If you hate watery coffee, try this trick. Make ice cubes out of leftover coffee, and use those to chill your next cup. They won't dilute your coffee as they melt.

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8. Or make flavored cubes

But you don't have to stop at plain coffee cubes. Cream ice cubes, chocolate ice cubes, salted caramel ice cubes — all will enhance the flavor of your drink as they melt.

9. Shake it up

For extra-cold coffee, try shaking it with ice as you would a cocktail.

10. Use simple syrup

Avoid grains of sugar that go unmelted in your iced coffee by sweetening it with simple syrup.

11. Blend it

Craving something frosty? Make your iced coffee as usual, then throw the whole thing in the blender.

12. Make it fizzy

Jazz up your usual coffee routine with some refreshing bubbles. Try mixing a shot of espresso with tonic water or mixing coffee and seltzer in a glass over ice.

13. Sprinkle with salt

Adding a pinch of sea salt to your coffee can do a couple of things. If you drink black coffee, a sprinkle of salt can make it taste less bitter. If you prefer a creamy, sweet brew, then a dash of salt can bring out the flavors in your beverage. Try it with an iced caramel latte.

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