HOW HOT IS IT RIGHT NOW?! As I speak, my iPhone weather app is telling me today is 34 degrees centigrade. 34 degrees?! This is just a few degrees short of the temperature at my susraals (in-laws) in Pakistan! How unreal is this? Us Britons aren’t used to this sort of weather – oh noooooo, we’re used to the temperature taking a standstill at about 10 degrees (on a decent day) and battling the wind, rain and thunder with heavy winter boots, furry mammoth coats, hoods and hats to last us days and umbrellas to use as a mortal shield from the heavens above. I’m not quite sure how I feel about thin and flowy headscarves, going boot-less and not wearing socks during these warmer months.
I must say, I prefer the colder weather a thousand times over. My idea of luxury is sitting by the heater in a warm and woolly jumper in my blanket with a large mug of strong black coffee either with a gripping book or a crochet hook (preferably knitting another blanket to fend off the cold). I love knowing I having a warming curry or a heart soup simmering away in the kitchen, the aroma of warm spices such as bay leaf, cinnamon and cardamom wafting through the house. In the summer, however, the idea of a curry sounds very unappealing and I find myself reaching for lighter salads, pastas and sandwiches and cooling, iced beverages instead of my beloved tea and black coffee.
Here, I’ve taken my favourite black coffee and adapted it to suit this hot weather, so summer doesn’t have to mean saying bye-bye to my coffee fix! YAY! This recipe uses ingredients you will most definitely already have on hand and doesn’t require milk – although you’re more than welcome to add a bit if you aren’t keen on the strong coffee flavour. Once blended, the iced coffee becomes frothy and creamy and the water falls to the bottom
Another bonus is that you’ll have this drink ready in NO TIME, making it a fantastic alternative to fizzy drinks and sparkling water. Since it’s Ramadan at the moment, serve this refreshing drink alongside your Iftar, Suhoor or even keep it by your side during your taraweeh (night prayer) and take a couple of sips between rak’aats to keep your energy levels up!
Enjoy, with love x