Getting ready to sit out and grill this weekend? Try making your own iced latte or coffee in a mason jar for a cool blast of caffeine that's backyard approved.
To make this refreshing beverage, you will need:
- Espresso grounds
- Espresso machine (or however you usually make espresso)
- Milk (I used 1%, but it's up to you)
- Ice cubes
- 8 oz. mason jar with lid
- Mason jar sipping lid and straw (optional)
Step 1: Caffeine Base
Make espresso or coffee as you usually do - any method should work. Here, I'm using an espresso machine and the smaller mason jars just barely fit if I turn the jar on a slight angle.
I recommend starting with a double shot as adding ice and milk dilutes the taste quite a bit.
Step 2: Add Ice
Espresso is hot but since there's not too much liquid, it'll cool quickly with just a few ice cubes. I recommend starting with 6-8 regular sized ice cubes. Crushed ice will melt quickly, so try to use cubes or larger chunks of ice.
Add the ice before the milk so it has a chance to cool the espresso.
Step 3: Add Milk
Milk is to taste. I recommend starting with 1/2 a cup and you can always add more later.
I always get distracted by how beautiful the milk and espresso look while they're mixing.
It's rather difficult to pour milk while taking a photo with the other hand ;-)
Step 4: Put the Lid on and Shake
Add the regular mason jar lid and be sure it's on securely, then give your concoction a good shake! Foam at the end is a good sign.
Step 5: Optional: Switch Lids
I recently purchased 'sip and straw' lids to convert all my mason jars into backyard-ready drinking cups, but these are definitely optional. They're great if you're somewhere the drinks might get knocked over easily or if you're at all concerned with things flying into your drink, but you can certainly enjoy this iced latte drinking right from the rim.
The sip lids should swap out neatly with the metal lids and still use the same metal rim to screw tight.
Step 6: Get Outside and Enjoy!
You can whip up a batch of these (especially if you're starting with a cold brew or iced coffee base) and head out to the BBQ, picnic, pool, or wherever this summer brings you!