The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and we’re all starting to thaw from the winter freeze. All that can only mean one thing: spring is in the air!
A new season means new cups of coffee to try, and fortunately for you, we’ve got the ultimate list of spring coffee drinks for you to brew at home. Whether you want a hot coffee drink or prefer your java served over ice, we guarantee there’s something here you’ll like!
Iced joe is not only a solid base for many of the coffee recipes we're sharing with you; it's a refreshing treat on its own, too! For those reasons, we think every coffee lover needs to know how to make it.
Cold brew is on our list of spring coffee suggestions because there's a lot you can do with it. Drink it black, dress it up with flavored coffee syrups, stir in a dash of sugar and milk (or heavy cream or coffee creamer), or top it with cold foam — the possibilities are almost endless with this drink, so it shouldn't be hard for you to use it to create the springtime beverage of your dreams.
Adding a layer of cold foam to the top of your cold brew is a deliciously valid option for every season. But how do you do that? By following our recipe, of course! Once you've got the base ingredients, there are plenty of ways you can customize the cold foam according to your mood and preferences.
Mix in a few pumps of lavender vanilla syrup or a few drops of blueberry extract to the foam for a sweet springtime twist, or keep it classic with a bit of vanilla or chocolate.
You deserve to treat yourself sometimes, and whipping up a salted caramel Frappuccino is an easy way to do that. It's similar to an iced caramel latte, but it has a thicker consistency and a sweeter flavor. Toss heavy cream, ice cubes, freshly brewed coffee, vanilla and caramel syrups, and a pinch of salt into a blender, and in just a few minutes, you'll be enjoying what's essentially a coffee milkshake. Don't forget the whipped topping!
Next up on our list of spring coffee suggestions is the caramel macchiato. Though you'll frequently see it sold as a warm coffee drink, the combination of espresso, milk, vanilla syrup, and caramel syrup makes a lovely springtime refresher when you sip it from an ice-filled glass.
Maybe you've seen lavender syrup offered on the menu at the local coffee shop and wondered whether it's worth adding to your latte. It is, and there's no better time to try it than spring! The lavender latte's floral flavors are similar to the blooming flowers and vibrant greenery coming back to life during this season. It's the perfect drink to enjoy when spring has sprung.
Those who aren't the biggest fans of drinking coffee black likely already spoon a bit of sugar into their joe. However, brown sugar gives your joe a different kind of sweetness, as experienced through the brown sugar latte. The vibe here is subtle and cozy, and though our recipe outlines the process for making this drink hot, pouring it over ice makes it a more suitable springtime coffee beverage.
Coffee and breakfast is a played-out concept; we're putting coffee in breakfast now. And we're using the mocha coffee smoothie bowl to do it. This recipe is for those craving a little more efficiency in their morning routines since it's a quick and easy way to get those much-needed nutrients and your daily caffeine kick in one go. Plus, it has chocolate; if that's not reason enough to try it, we don't know what is.
The Mexican mocha isn't your average fruity spring coffee choice, but it's still worth brewing. When combined, iced or cold brew coffee with milk, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, chili powder, and cinnamon create a somewhat sweet, slightly spicy deviation from your usual order. Try this drink when you want a break from what you always put in your coffee cup.
Dalgona coffee — whipped instant coffee granules, hot water, and granulated sugar poured over your preferred type of milk — was all the rage during the early days of the COVID-19 quarantine in 2020. When the recipe went viral on the video-sharing app TikTok, it had almost every java lover's attention, and though the hype has died down since, we think spring is the perfect time to bring back the fun coffee drink.
Even the most devoted espresso lovers need a break from it every once in a while, don't they? Or maybe it isn't unusual for you to choose tea leaves over coffee beans. Either way, you need to try matcha at least once. The green tea latte has calming properties, so even though it contains a small amount of caffeine, it won't give you the same jitters a cup of coffee will. Plus, matcha boasts an impressive array of health benefits.
The Starbucks cinnamon dolce latte is a year-round favorite among coffee fans everywhere, but let's face it: the cost of coffee shop drinks adds up quickly, especially if you're the type of person who needs more than one cup to make it through the day. Fortunately, this drink is easy to replicate at home if you have vanilla extract, maple syrup, milk, cinnamon, and a batch of your favorite espresso beans to brew.
You no doubt knew the latte has long been a classic coffee drink but did you know you can make it without freshly brewed espresso? Lattes made with tea — usually matcha, chai, or, in this case, whatever kind of green tea leaves you've got lying around — allow you to enjoy something warm and creamy (or chilled and refreshing if you go the iced route!) without an overly intense caffeine kick.
We love espresso. Don't you? This rich, strong coffee serves as the base of lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites, and more, but give it a chance, and it can shine on its own with no help from milk, cream, or coffee creamer. When you're not in the mood for a fancy coffee drink, simplify things with an espresso shot on the rocks. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how well the cold temperature brings out the flavors of your beans.
Pro-tip: use coffee ice cubes instead of regular ice. When these melt, they don't water down the contents of your cup. Instead, they release even more coffee flavor.
A little bit of honey is a lovely way to sweeten cold and hot coffee drinks — and it's healthier than white sugar! Add vanilla syrup to the mix, and you've got a refreshing coffee drink perfect for enjoying after going on a picnic, bicycling through the park, working in your garden, or doing whatever your favorite spring pastime is.
We at Roasty think Vietnamese iced coffee is a wise choice for coffee connoisseurs who want to start branching out with their beverages without getting too wild. This drink, made with sweetened condensed milk and dark roast coffee beans, puts a sweet, creamy, and simple spin on your usual cold coffee drink.
An iced white chocolate mocha is probably one of the coolest coffee drinks you can find — literally and figuratively. Though spring is usually a time for floral lattes to shine, the classic white chocolate mocha is waiting to save the day when you're not in the mood for anything enhanced with sweet rose or flowery lavender.
Ah, the affogato — the ideal choice when you could go for dessert but are also craving rich coffee goodness. It's kind of like an ice cream float, except instead of a soft drink, you use a hot shot of espresso instead. Making a basic affogato only requires two ingredients, espresso coffee and vanilla ice cream. However, experimenting with toppings (we think a drizzle of dark chocolate syrup atop this treat would be heavenly if you're looking for inspiration) and ice cream flavors can be lots of fun, too.
It's easy to snub the iced vanilla latte, dismissing it as a last option coffee drink. We'll admit it. Vanilla isn't one of the most exciting java add-ins, but the flavor is a classic for a good reason: it tastes awesome! A noticeable yet not overpowering sweetness and simple preparation process make the iced vanilla latte a prime candidate for your morning coffee not just during the lovely spring season, but all year long.
You might see the word Frappuccino in a recipe and automatically assume the process outlines instructions for making a fancy coffee drink. But some of these blended beverages don't contain any java, including the vanilla bean Frappuccino. Sipping it is like enjoying a milkshake, making it a perfect choice for non-coffee lovers or anyone looking to steer clear of caffeine.
If you've got a healthy dose of coffee adventurousness (meaning you'll try anything at least once), the turmeric latte might be right up your alley. The combination of joe and ground turmeric, a good-for-you spice known for its Ayurvedic healing properties, makes an unusually delightful springtime pick-me-up.
If you're looking for an easy, no-fuss way to put a spin on the classic espresso drink, the cappuccino, check out the French vanilla-flavored variation of the beverage. Imagine being curled up on a couch with a good book in one hand and a mug of this warm, sweet goodness in the other; if you ask us, that's the perfect way to spend an afternoon during this typically rainy season.
You might think late afternoon or evening hours are too late to enjoy a delicious coffee drink, but that's where you're mistaken. Coffee cocktails, like the Irish coffee or, in this case, the espresso martini, are designed to be downed during post-work hours and give you the best of both worlds: robust coffee taste and liquor-induced edge.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab a cocktail shaker, fresh espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup, and put your bartending skills to the test!
The red velvet latte is unlike the floral coffee drinks you thought you'd be obsessed with all spring. But it can satisfy you and your sweet tooth just as well as the springy drinks pumped with lots of lavender and rose syrup can, courtesy of chocolate chips, vanilla syrup, and a layer of whipped cream.
With warmer weather often comes an understandable aversion to hot espresso or drip coffee; how are you supposed to stay cool if your beverage is warmer than the temperature outside?
Why, you sip a coffee tonic, of course! Make this iced glass of caffeinated goodness by combining cold brew coffee, regular iced coffee, or chilled espresso with a few ounces of tonic water.
From there, you can enjoy the drink as is or experiment with add-ins like flavored syrups or add a splash of gin if you want a kick that not even extra-strong espresso can give you. In our opinion, this is one of the best ways to prepare espresso for spring or summer.
Don't be fooled by the purplish hue of this latte. It doesn't contain any lavender, as you might think. Instead, it relies on ube, a purple-tinted sweet potato commonly enjoyed in the Philippines, to provide its unique coloring. Ube's sweet flavor helps it blend beautifully into puddings, ice cream, donuts, and even coffee beverages. Plus — we mentioned this already, but it's worth noting again — it makes your coffee purple. How fun is that?
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