Whilst browsing the internet machine this morning (or stalking Adam Liaw's Twitter), I stumbled across his weird little trick to whip up an iced coffee in record time. Seeing as we've been having an absolutely ridiculous heat wave for the past week and a half, with temperatures reaching around 42 degrees Celsius (108 degrees for you Americans and others using Fahrenheit) at four in the afternoon some days (and reaching a maximum in the forties the rest of the time) we are in serious need of an ice cold glass of deliciosity to make sure we don't die. Because a tall glass of cold water's overrated. Everybody drinks it, and we're way too subcultural to conform to the norms of mainstream society.
This was the perfect time to try out this recipe. It's so delicious and refreshing and it just makes you want to cry because all the stress and the hot-and-botheredness from the past ten days is just gone with this coolness-in-a-cup. Make sure you chill a tall glass in the freezer beforehand. The frosty glass makes it even more refreshing.
The best ice coffee ever?
2 shots of espresso
1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar (you can buy this in the shops or you can make your own, simply by infusing some caster sugar with a vanilla pod in an airtight container)
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon of your favourite liqueur - we used Baileys
2 tablespoons of condensed milk - this gives it a wicked foam on top
Chuck everything into a cocktail shaker or blender and shake it all up until delicious. Then pour it into an ice cold glass. It's that easy. If you're feeling daring, add a scoop of good-quality vanilla ice cream.
This is also the perfect time to feel awesome whilst using the cocktail shaker. You can imagine you're in a James Bond movie, "one ice coffee, shaken - not stirred," as you proceed to do some skillful shaking, chucking it up in the air, rolling it down your arms and across your shoulders. Dropping it onto the ground, getting shocked back to reality once you realise mid-trick that you're incapable of that level of coordination and now because you were overly ambitious the only way you'll be able to judge if this is - in fact - the best ice coffee will only happen if you lick it off the walls or squeeze it out of your clothes. Yum.
Just stick to shaking it up like a normal person. I'm 100% sure you'll find this way to be much more rewarding.
Enjoy not dying from the heat and lack of fluids! (You're welcome.)