Let me get this off my chest. Ice coffee, for me, should be served over ice. If you’re making a coffee slurpee, that’s OK, but we shouldn’t call it iced coffee, although, yes, it has ice and coffee.
You might agree with me or not, but I can guarantee you the no-sugar vanilla iced latte we’re making today will win you over!
There are many reasons to make a tasty, no-sugar coffee drink. Traditional coffee drinks, including mochas, cappuccinos, frappuccinos, and the likes, are jam-packed with sugar, and that shouldn’t be the norm. You should be able to enjoy a good caffeine boost without worrying about the calories. If you’re following a low-carb, keto, or insulin-sensitive diet, or looking to lose a few pounds, this coffee is for you.
And unlike many standard coffee drinks out there, we’re not relying on the decadent chocolate flavor, but going fancy with pretty vanilla. Chocolate kinda overwhelms coffee flavors, but vanilla complements them, just wait and see!
Of course, we want our latte to be creamy because dairy and vanilla are meant to be together, and we could say the same thing about coffee and milk. For this one, half & half has the perfect creaminess to fight the ice dilution and to bring a coating mouthfeel to the iced coffee.
As for coffee, vanilla goes best with golden-brown beans. A medium roast, also called city roast, will work nicely. Find yourself a quality-producer Arabica medium roast and make your espresso as you’d typically do.
After coffee, the most important ingredient here is vanilla, and I really encourage you to get some fresh vanilla beans. The stuff is expensive, but hey, iced coffee is all about treating yourself, so why not do it right? You can also use natural unsweetened vanilla extra, which tastes and smells nice too but lacks the gritty texture from vanilla ban pulp.
Let’s make a classy no sugar vanilla latte; it will be your go-to summer drink guaranteed.
Brew one shot (1 oz) of coffee, let it cool down.
Mix the half & half with the vanilla bean pulp and the espresso.
Try it and sweeten it to taste.
Store the mixture in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Remove from the freezer and use a hand blender to make a frothy drink.
Pour the mixture into your glass or cup filled with fresh large ice cubes.