The days of coffee—the morning energy drink, served hot—are gone. Coffee culture has grown from one simple beverage to an assortment of brews. Next time you aren’t sure what to order, try one of these unique, invigorating iced coffees to give you the right kick.
When a simple coffee flavor isn’t hitting the spot, treat yourself to the Iced Pistachio Rose Latte. Think two shots of espresso and milk along with sweet pistachio rose syrup. The distinct flavors infused in this drink are not overpowering or too potent—balancing each other out for the perfect mix. Herman’s Coffee, 1313 S. Third St., 267.997.6201 hermanscoffee.com
The Espresso Tonic introduces a new level of iced coffee by adding the element of carbonation. This may just become a staple drink this summer due to its fresh, bubbly taste that mimics the leisurely appeal of sipping on a gin and tonic. The unlikely mix of the dark espresso slowly being poured into a cup of iced tonic water may seem like an odd combination at first, but one sip and you’re sure to be hooked. Menagerie Coffee, 18 S. Third St., 920.579.0696, menageriecoffee.com
Unless you are an avid coffee connoisseur, the term cortado may be one you’re unfamiliar with. Put simply, this creation is an equal mixture of warm milk with espresso. However, this version is created using house-made whipped cream topped with house-made espresso granita. While a cortado comes in small quantities and is meant to be sipped slowly, Function Coffee Labs had a different idea on how to indulge in this. By creating a frozen version of a once steamy beverage, an (almost) espresso soft serve was born. Function Coffee Labs, 1001 S 10th St., 267.606.6734, functioncoffeelabs.com
For the year-round cold brew fanatics, it’s no secret that nitro coffee is the healthier option for a drink we need every morning. The nitro foam exudes a rich, sweet taste due to the addition of nitrogen, that would otherwise typically only be acquired through sugar, except in this case, no sugar is added so no guilt necessary. That is what makes this the ideal coffee-based float as the sweetness level still remains low even after including 2 scoops of ice cream. It is the perfect treat-yourself type of drink. Rival Bros, 2400 Lombard St., rivalbros.com
In a unique fusion of flavors, the bitter taste of coffee and sweetness of lavender combine for the aromatic Iced Lavender Latte. Indulge in the calming properties of lavender on a warm spring day to relax your body and refresh your taste buds. Good Karma Cafe, 928 Pine St., 267.519.8860, thegoodkarmacafe.com