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Iced coffee cocktails

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Refresh with icy coffee cocktails

When you need your caffeine fix during the sweltering summer months, forgo that hot cup of coffee and best the heat with a cool and refreshing drink. You can sip the usual iced or blended coffees or you can make these popular pick-me-ups even better by turning them into icy coffee cocktails. Here's how.

Amaretto Coffee Cocktail

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:
4 cups brewed coffee, room temperature or chilled
2 cups milk or light cream
1/4 cup Amaretto liqueur
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Whipped cream for garnish

Directions:
1. Per serving, combine coffee with milk, Amaretto, vanilla and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well until slightly frothy.

2. Strain mixture into a chilled martini glass and top with whipped cream.

Iced Kahlua and Coffee

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:
6 cups brewed coffee, room temperature or chilled
4 to 6 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk
6 ounces Kahlua liqueur
Mint sprigs for garnish

Directions:
1. Combine coffee with sugar, milk, Kahlua and ice in a blender. Blend until creamy.

2. To serve, divide blended coffee into 4 to 6 glasses and garnish each with a mint sprig.

Rum and Coffee

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:
4 cups brewed coffee, room temperature or chilled
6 ounces white rum
2 ounces dark rum
4 to 5 tablespoons sugar
Whipped cream for garnish

Directions:
1. Per serving, combine coffee, rum, sugar and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well until combined.

2. Strain mixture into a highball glass and top with whipped cream.

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