There’s nothing like a frosty iced coffee when the sun is shining.
Alas; not every café does a great job of this summer staple.
You see, it’s not simply a matter of flinging a few cubes of ice into your regular cuppa. No, no; crafting the perfect iced coffee drink takes time, dedication, perseverance and an ice machine that’s never, ever on the fritz.
Here, we’ve assembled a ranked list of the best spots in Cork to hit for your cold caffeinated beverage and the best cold drink to order in each one:
1. The Iced Mocha at Cork Coffee Roasters
Where: Paul Street and Bridge Street
It was a tricky call, but there’s something about the rich, smooth coffee and chocolate blast from Cork Coffee Roasters’ Iced Mocha blend that deserves a 10/10 every time.
2. The Iced Vanilla Latte at Lab 82
Where: Lower Glanmire Road
This Iced Vanilla Latte is everything you want in a cold drink: sweet and mellow with a fine kick of caffeine that gets to work on your brain’s neurotransmitters when the fun is over in your mouth.
3. The Cascara Tonic at SOMA
Where: Tuckey Street
If you’re not a fan of milky drinks, trust us; SOMA’s Cascara Tonic is your jam for hot days. They brew and reduce coffee husks and blend the drink with tonic water, mint and grapefruit for a zingy treat.
4. The Iced Mocha at Ó Conaill Chocolate
Where: French Church Street
Our reigning hot chocolate champions have changed their signature summer recipe slightly this year to make a subtly lighter drink, but Ó’Conaill’s Iced Mocha is still as satisfying as ever.
5. The Cold Brew at The Bookshelf
Where: No. 78 South Mall and The Elysian
We like this one served over ice but really you can chug The Bookshelf’s house Cold Brew right from the bottle. Their single origin coffee is steeped for 16 hours for a cool, concentrated summer beverage that hits the spot.
6. Butler’s Pistachio Iced Chocolate
Where: Oliver Plunkett Street
The hint of delicate yet nutty pistachio is a winner here if you like your caffeine with a dessert-like flourish. The flavour is almost buttery, making it just as decadent as Butler’s hot options.