Did ya’ll hear? It’s going to be a glorious 75 degrees in New York City this weekend! That means sundresses, open-toed sandals, and of course, iced coffees. But don’t just settle for any old drip from your local bodega. We’ve scoured the city for the tastiest brews—from upper Manhattan, to downtown Brooklyn—and rounded up the most creative coffee drinks each has to offer.
Espresso Julep from Toby’s Estate
125 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
With the Kentucky Derby only weeks away, we’ve got mint juleps on the brain. For those looking for a way to indulge in the summertime stable during work hours (aka no alcohol) stop by this Williamsburg mecca for an cold Espresso Julep. Crafted from two shots of Toby’s Estate Bedford Espresso blend, four ounces of milk, basil and mint infused simple syrup, plus fresh mint for garnish, it’s the perfect drink to tide you over until you can enjoy a real mint julep during happy hour.
Black Forest Ice Blended Drink from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
For an iced coffee treat that also doubles as a dessert, stop by this California cult classic (now in various locations throughout NYC) for a Black Forest Ice Blended. The chocolate-cherry delight is created by the brand’s signature coffee extract with Special Dutch™ chocolate powder, milk, chocolate covered espresso beans, maraschino cherries, ice, and whipped cream.
Mocha Breakfast from Peacefood Cafe
460 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10024
No dairy, no problem. Peacefood cafe serves up cool coffee drinks made from sweet soy milk. Everything on the food and drink menu is vegan too! For a caffeinated beverage loaded with vitamins and fiber, order a Mocha Breakfast smoothie made from fresh banana, cocoa, espresso, soy milk, and agave (optional).
Vanilla Espresso Freeze from B Cup Cafe
Sometimes the best coffee creations are the simplest. Case in point: the Vanilla Espresso Breeze from B Cup Cafe. This East Village joint fuses pure vanilla with freshly brewed smooth espresso and ice to create a blended beverage that is sweet without being overpowering. It’s the ideal accompaniment to one of their freshly-baked muffins.
MUD Mocha from The Mudspot Cafe & Restaurant
307 East 9th Street
New York, NY
Ice cold milk, rich creamy chocolate, and smooth espresso—what more could you want? Oh yeah, whipped cream. This downtown coffee palace serves up one of the best mochas in the city thanks to their locally-roasted beans. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for a long day of shopping.