Iced coffee is summer’s go-to drink, especially when the last thing you want when it’s already 80 degrees at 8 a.m. is a steaming cup of joe.
Plenty of coffee shops around town have creative takes on caffeinated cold brews. Below are our five faves.
Espresso Milkshake from Drip
The espresso milkshake at Drip in Five Points is cold, creamy and filling. It comes in mocha, white mocha, caramel or a combo of those flavors. Think of it as a coffee-lover’s antidote to blazing summer days.
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729 Saluda Ave.
Horchata Macchiato from The Wired Goat
Horchata is a Mexican classic and an amazingly refreshing drink. If you only know it from that Vampire Weekend song, it’s typically made with rice milk and cinnamon. Add espresso, and you’ve basically got the nectar of the gods.
709 Gervais St.
Coconut Breeze Mocha from Haven Coffee House
The Coconut Breeze Mocha is one of several summer specials at Haven House. They also have a blackberry mocha that comes iced. Sip and pretend you’re on island time, not late for that meeting.
121 E Main St., Lexington
Shot in the Dark from Jittery Joe’s
The relatively new coffee shop across from the University of South Carolina Greek Village has a dark roast coffee that comes with a shot of espresso. It’s a caffeine-filled elixir that will rocket-launch you into the rest of your day.
650 Lincoln St.
Latte Con Miel from Loveland Coffee
Loveland Coffee’s signature latte comes with espresso, cinnamon and local organic honey. Get it over ice, and it becomes a cool, sweet refreshment.
7001 St. Andrews Road, Irmo
This is one in a series of offbeat ideas for summer fun. Watch for others throughout the season at gocolumbia.com.