It's been quiet around here. I went away, actually. To Israel, if you care to know. The holy land, where the cities are vibrant and alive (really, I saw kids playing at the park at 930pm!). The food was delicious of course, but there was one item that captured my taste buds: Pecan Blended Iced Coffee.
See, there's something I find really interesting in myself. I cannot stand drinking coffee (that's blasphemy to an Israeli, which I am). I've had roughly three (unfinished) cups this year, and only because I was tired and hoped the caffeine would revive me, which it didn't. Ironically, I love everything coffee-flavored. I enjoy, even prefer, the taste of coffee in cookies, ice creams, and cakes. I can't explain it. The smell gets me weak in the knees, yet the actual drink elicits a disgusted look on my face.
Now when I'm in Israel, I bid my healthy regimen goodbye and happily order ice cafe, as it's called, everywhere I go. Ice cafe is sort of like an ice blended from Starbucks/Coffee Bean, but it has more character. It's definitely over sugared, which makes it more like a sweet treat and lends to my fondness for it.
And so one lovely afternoon, sitting at Greg Cafe, I was introduced by a very nice waiter to the best ice cafe I've ever had. It had the perfect balance between strong bitter coffee, sugar, and roasted pecans. The nut also added an unexpected crunch and took this drink to the next level.
I became so hooked, that I ordered it every time we were near a Greg (no one could explain to me who Greg actually is!). Even when I was on the way to the airport. I couldn't get enough.
Naturally, it was the first thing I tried to recreate back home. I still haven't hit the nail, but I've come close enough.
This is definitely a refreshing drink worth reaching for your blender.
Let me know if you've tried it.
Pecan Blended Iced Coffee
I cup of ice cubes
1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee dissolved in
1/4 cup of boiling water
1/4 cup of milk
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 cup of sugared pecans
1. Dissolve the instant coffee and sugar in the boiling water. Add the milk.
2. In a blender, mix the ice, coffee mixture, and pecans.
3. Pour into cup
So simple, yet so delicious.