I can’t think of anything better than an iced latte in the summer time. Of course orange creamsicle never disappoints for a perfect combo!
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Anyone who knows me is familiar with my iced coffee obsession. This “obsession” started during my senior year of high school when a classmate offered me a taste of his french vanilla iced coffee. One sip and suddenly I was hooked.
Daily trips to McDonald’s were a thing for a long time. I tried iced coffee from various places and rated them on best to worse. McDonald’s and Starbucks were always favorites! I won’t share the worst coffees but let’s just say some of them I couldn’t even drink!
I first tried out making my own coffee a couple of years ago and have had great results. Lately, I find myself stuck on this recipe and for a good reason. I mean, who doesn’t love orange creamsicle? Soooooo good.
Orange Creamsicle Iced Latte Video
The Special Ingredient
I’m usually pretty basic on iced lattes and go with French Vanilla. It’s always what I’ve ordered and I’m not one to switch up something that I like really well. I think part of me is always afraid that I won’t like it and then I’m stuck in a rut. Either suck it up or waste precious dollars and neither of those sounded pleasing.
Despite my resistance to change, I took a risk a few months ago and tried something new!
On my Instagram stories a while back I told you all I had a secret ingredient in my iced latte and wanted guesses. I got responses from coconut milk to collagen and although good guesses no one guessed essential oil!
I’ve heard about people adding orange peels to many drinks and thought it would compliment my cold brew nicely. I don’t always have orange peels on hand but I’m always stocked with orange vitality essential oil. It’s quick, simple and with the added vanilla extract this recipe brings my orangesicle dreams to life.
Cold Brew Method
If you aren’t familiar with cold brew, it is just another form of brewing coffee! Traditionally, you brew coffee with boiling water for “hot coffee.” It’s quick but also has a higher concentration of acid which is what gives you that classic bitter taste.
Iced coffee is brewed the same way as hot coffee but the only difference here is that you would let the coffee cool and then pour over a cup of ice. This is only fresh for one day.
For cold brew you add the grounds to cold water and let them sit for 12-24 hours. Then you strain the grounds and you’re left with cold brew coffee! This will last around 5 days in the refrigerator and has such a smooth, rich flavor.
Orange Creamsicle Iced Coffee Ingredients
1 cup of coffee grounds
3 cups of filtered water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 toothpick dips of orange vitality essential oil
raw honey to taste
milk or creamer to taste
Orange Creamsicle Iced Coffee Recipe
Measure out 1 cup of coffee grounds into a mason jar and add 3 cups of filtered water. Give it a good stir and make sure that all of the coffee grounds get saturated with water. Cover with a towel and let it sit for 12-24 hours at room temperature.
Once your coffee has finished brewing the next step is to strain the grounds. You can do this with a cheesecloth and a fine mesh strainer but I prefer a reusable alternative. My Ellie’s Best nut milk bag works great!
Add ice to a cup and get to pouring that coffee! I typically like my iced lattes pretty creamy so I add quite a bit of milk or half and half. You may enjoy it with less so just experiment and see what works best. That’s my favorite part of making my own cold brew coffee. I don’t have to bother the barista to add extra creamer.
I love the artsy look of the creamer mixing in with the coffee. So dreamy!
Next, you’ll add the vanilla extract and essential oil. I just use the cap on the vanilla to measure it and usually do roughly half a cap full but I’d say 1/4 teaspoon would be pretty close. Since essential oil is extremely concentrated it only takes just a little. Sometimes I add one whole drop of oil but lately I’ve found that to be too much of an orange taste and not enough coffee. I do love the toothpick trick though! Simply soak a toothpick into the bottle of essential oil and add that to your drink. 1-2 dips is about right.
Lastly, you can’t have orange creamsicle without just a hint of sweetener! You can use whatever you like but I love honey in my coffee as a sugar alternative. If you add it straight into your coffee it’s just going to sink to the bottom and is near impossible to mix it up. Something I’ve been doing to help with that is to take a bit of water or some of my coffee and heat it up in the microwave. Add the honey and give it a good stir to melt it down. Then you can add it to your iced latte without the weird clumping!
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Orange Creamsicle Iced Latte
- 1 cup coffee grounds
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 toothpick dips orange vitality essential oil I use Young Living Essential Oils
- raw honey to taste
- milk or creamer to taste
- Measure out 1 cup of coffee grounds into a mason jar and add 3 cups of filtered water. Give it a good stir and make sure that all of the coffee grounds get saturated with water. Cover with a towel and let it sit for 12-24 hours at room temperature.
- Once your coffee has finished brewing the next step is to strain the grounds. You can do this with a cheesecloth and a fine mesh strainer but I prefer a reusable alternative. My Ellie's Best nut milk bag works great!
- Add ice to a cup and get to pouring that coffee! I typically like my iced lattes pretty creamy so I add quite a bit of milk or half and half. You may enjoy it with less so just experiment and see what works best.
- Add in your vanilla extract and essential oil. Since essential oils are pretty strong I've found that one whole drop is a bit much. Soaking a toothpick in the oil and then dipping in your coffee works perfectly!
- Warm a bit of your coffee in the microwave or on stove top and add the honey. This way it will be nice and melted. If you add the honey directly it will clump in your coffee and won't make it very sweet.