On the lookout for the distinction between an Iced Latte Vs Iced Coffee?
Summer is the best time to drink refreshing fruit shakes and smoothies, but what if you need an instant caffeine boost? Drinking a hot beverage during a warm and sticky season is not a great feeling, but there are other options to have if you need a surge of energy.
Iced coffee and iced latte often comes to mind and while most people think they’re the same, they are prepared differently and have varying ingredient ratios. To find out how different they are, let’s go into detail on how each coffee drink is made and decide which one is the better option.
Preparing iced latte
Making iced latte is similar to making traditional latte but instead of using steamed milk, you’ll use cold milk to prevent it from melting the ice. Also, you’ll need an espresso shot and not any other type of coffee.
Coffee shops tend to have different recipes when preparing iced latte, but it typically involves a cocktail shaker. First, fill the shaker with ice cubes then pour the espresso shot and the cold milk. You can add some sugar or sweetener to adjust the sweetness to your liking. Shake the mixture until a creamy foam appears on top of the drink. Once you’re done, simply pour the contents to another glass and enjoy.
Preparing iced coffee
There isn’t a single recipe in making iced coffee. In fact, it can be as simple as brewing regular coffee, let it cool, add some ice cubes and you’re done. But of course, you’d want to maximize flavor and not just combine several ingredients and stir.
One of the most common ways to prepare iced coffee is to brew regular coffee, let it cool to room temperature, and add milk or cream before putting in ice cubes in your drink. Keep in mind that the coffee has to be strong, or else you’ll end up with a diluted coffee drink once the ice cubes start to melt. Depending on your preferences, you can adjust the amount of milk or cream and even add sugar for additional sweetness.
How different is an iced latte from an iced coffee?
Iced coffee and iced latte might look indistinguishable from afar, but the difference in preparation and ingredient ratio makes a whole lot of difference once you compare them side by side. For an in-depth explanation, here’s how these cold drinks differ:
When making iced coffee, you can use any type of brewed coffee. Some coffee shops use regular coffee, although it needs quite a long time to cool down before it. If you want to create an easy homemade iced coffee, you can use instant coffee instead. To mix the ingredients, all you need is to stir the drink before serving.
On the other hand, iced lattes require espresso shots, which can be made using an espresso machine. The ingredients are combined using a cocktail shaker until a foamy layer forms on top of the beverage.
Typically, iced coffee doesn’t need any milk but some coffee lovers add some milk for a fuller flavor. Iced latte, however, will not be complete without milk. It has to be one part espresso, and two parts milk. If you prefer a milkier taste, definitely go for an iced latte. But if you want a stronger coffee flavor, iced coffee should be your go-to drink.