Top 5 Iced Drinks to Beat the Heat

Here are our picks for the top 5 iced drinks to keep you cool this summer.

The days are long, the sun is out, and everyone is looking for a way to beat the heat. It must be mid-summer. One sure-fire way to cool down on a hot day is with a delicious iced beverage. Here are our picks for the top 5 iced drinks to keep you cool this summer.

Italian Soda

Made with soda water, flavored syrup, and the optional cream and whipped cream, Italian sodas are more than just a good way to stay cool. These delicious handmade sodas are a work of art. The swirls of brightly colored flavor mixed with crystal clear soda water and fluffy white cream bring to mind something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Whether you’re in the mood for the sweet-but-tart zing of raspberry, or more of a creamy vanilla vibe, Italian sodas will always be a great choice.

Iced Ovaline Latte

The Ovaltine latte is a Top Pot specialty. We’ve been mixing up a combination of espresso and milk combined with Ovaltine’s delicious chocolate malt powder for years. Although it’s a regular drink for many of our customers, it’s sometimes over-looked as an iced drink.

Pro tip: Try it blended for an even cooler drink!

Sproda

Ah, the sproda. This popular drink can raise a few eyebrows due to its interesting name. Part espresso, part soda, the sproda is a carbonated beverage with espresso. It follows the same basic principles as an Italian soda. Carbonated water and espresso are a must, but flavored syrup, cream, and whipped cream are definitely suggested. As one customer said to me after his first taste of the sproda, “that is weird and amazing.”

Smoothies

It goes without saying that smoothies are always a great choice for summer. With endless flavor combinations and a base of healthy fruits and vegetables, what’s not to love? Any flavors can work well for a tasty smoothie, but you can really add bang for your buck by adding ground flax seeds, avocado, or even coconut oil to your drink. These additional ingredients will keep you feeling full even longer.

Cold Brew

When it comes to the perfect iced drink, nothing hits the spot quite like cold brewed coffee. Brewed in cold water for 12 hours, this thirst-quenching drink is packed with caffeine and will get your day started off on the right foot.

Pro tip: If you have a sweet tooth, add a little condensed milk to your cold brew to liven things up!

What’s your favorite iced drink for a summer day? Is there something we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

5 Reasons to Bring Your Work to a Coffee Shop

“I usually bring what I’m working on to coffee shops because, with as many puns as you can imagine are intended, it helps the bundle of ideas in my head percolate and drip by drip their way to life.” –– Tom Robbins

This post was written by Josh Zinn.

J.K. Rowling does it. So did Gertrude Stein, Franz Kafka, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Heck, even unabashed tea-drinkers like Stephen King have, most certainly, done it from time to time. All across the world, in fact, people are doing it right now and, in all probability, you have too. Whether it’s the next Great American Novel being wrought out or a clever spin on tomorrow’s investment report, there’s no denying coffee shops have long served as a prime location for folks to get their creative juices flowing and hungers––not to mention caffeine fixes––satiated.

Why is this? What is it about the environment of our neighborhood coffee purveyors that directs our minds to a level of productivity which our offices and cubicles cannot? Is there something in the water? Perhaps in the doughnuts and assorted pastries we nibble on? Or is it simply a combination of comfort, familiarity, and delight that can only come from a place many consider to be their home away from home?

In addition to whichever reasons works for you, here are five more reasons coffee shops are fantastic places to bring work to and to get work done.

  1. Community: Coffee shops have become the modern-day town meeting hall. Where else can you count on seeing friends and neighbors on a daily basis, taking a break from their busy lives? Maybe you’re working on your thesis and need a little bit of friendly inspiration and encouragement to finish those last few pages? Maybe you’re in need of a babysitter so you can go out and celebrate having finally finished those last few pages? Chances are you’ll be able to find both––and a little friendly gossip––at the coffee shop.
  1. Caffeine: Yeah, it’s a need. Don’t deny it and don’t deny your overworked brain the pleasure (and relief) it provides too. When the day is looking dark, you need to wake up, and even your yawns are yawning, that triple-Americano you just ordered will work better than any buzzing alarm clock––just try not to hit its snooze button.
  1. Fewer Distractions: Sure, your neighbors are here, and you’re getting the 411 on what’s happening in the community garden, but chances are your boss or professor isn’t and that can often make a HUGE difference when you need to finish something without someone gawking over your shoulder. Bringing your work to the coffee shop still shows you’re getting out of bed and getting things done, but, gosh darn it, you’re doing it on your terms and with a coffee by your side.
  1. Ambiance: There’s something to be said for the sound of coffee grinding and the hiss of milk steaming. Take a hint from Goldilocks: When the din of TV or radio is too much to bear and the sound of silence is something best left to Simon and Garfunkel, the lulling, dulcimer tones of the coffee shop can provide just the right amount of background noise to get your mind a’movin’.
  1. Delicious Food: Let’s face it, sometimes we all need a treat––especially when we’re knee-deep in a project and have no clue where to go or what to say next. Though by no means a scientific study, I’d wager to say there’s a direct correlation between the smile that comes from that first bite of an old-fashioned doughnut and the congratulations you receive at the office for a job well done. Coffee shops stock themselves with all the tasty things we aren’t likely to find in the break room and you, me, and we are all the better for it.

Needless to say, there are a myriad of reasons why coffee shops have long been trusted with not only our bellies, but our brains too. Did you recognize some of your own here? If not, what are some of your favorite reasons for working on stuff in a coffee shop?

Now, if you’ll pardon me, I have an essay to write and a cappuccino to sip.