Once limited to specialty coffee shops, iced coffee drinks are now on the menu at fast-food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Dairy Queen, as well as numerous convenience stores and gas stations.
Once limited to specialty coffee shops, iced coffee drinks are now on the menu at fast-food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Dairy Queen, as well as numerous convenience stores and gas stations. In 2006, more than 450 million iced coffee drinks were served commercially in the United States — a 16 percent increase over 2005 sales, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm. Sales of blended, frozen and over-ice coffees total about $1 billion each year. Different cultures around the world have been enjoying iced coffee drinks for centuries. In Southeast Asia, iced coffee has been around for at least a century, said Ric Rhinehart, second vice president at the Specialty Coffee Association of America, a specialty coffee trade organization. There are competing theories about how iced coffee was introduced to the West, he said. One story says that after the Austrians defeated Ottoman armies in the 16th and 17th centuries, residents of Vienna mixed ice with roasted coffee the invaders left behind. Others credit French legionnaires with inventing a drink of coffee, ice and cream while stationed in Algeria in the 19th century. Espresso Chill 2 tablespoons instant coffee 3/4 cup cold water 1 cup ice cubes 2 tablespoons sugar Combine everything in a blender, and blend until smooth. Serves 2. Coffee Soda 3 cups strong coffee, chilled 1 tablespoons sugar 1 cup half-and-half 4 scoops coffee ice cream 3/4 cup club soda Whipped cream Mix coffee, sugar and half-and-half. Fill 4 tall glasses about halfway. Add 1 scoop ice cream to each, then fill up with soda. Top with whipped cream. Serves 4. Death From the Kettle 6 teaspoons instant coffee 2 teaspoons malt powder 3 teaspoons cocoa powder Milk 1 tablespoon chocolate ice cream Put the powders in the bottom of a tall glass. Add a little boiling water, just enough to turn the powders into a thick paste. Fill the rest of the glass with milk, then mix in the ice cream. Serves 1. Coffee Latte Shake 1 cup coffee, strong and cold 1 cup cold milk 10 ice cubes 1/3 package instant pudding mix (chocolate) 2 tablespoons cocoa powder Hazelnut creamer, to taste Sugar, to taste Combine everything in a blender, and blend until ice is crushed and shake is thick. State Journal-Register