Some days, a cup of hot coffee sounds more like torture than salvation. And by "some days," we mean from now through approximately November, when the Texas heat is unrelenting in its quest to make us all feel like a heavy sack of hot garbage. Regardless, whether it's 100 degrees or 10, we need caffeine — daily. When it's just too hot to stomach a steaming red eye, try one of these refreshing caffeinated beverages. Because if you sweat through your clothes before you even get to work, it's going to be a very long day indeed.
Asian Mint, 11617 N. Central Expressway, Suite 135 and The Mint, 4246 Oak Lawn Ave.
Thai Tea, an iced drink made with sweetened condensed milk and strongly brewed Ceylon tea, is equal parts refreshing, sweet and caffeinated, and two local Dallas spots make one of the best takes on this summer-worthy drink: Asian Mint and The Mint. This Thai Tea comes packed with citrus for an added dose of refreshing.
Ascension Coffee, 1621 Oak Lawn Ave.
Ascension took a beloved espresso drink — the cortado, espresso cut with a small amount of warm milk — and gave it the summer treatment with their iced cortado. A classic cortado is shaken over ice with a dash of simple syrup to create a lightly sweet drink that ensures you won't have to wait until Thanksgiving to indulge your cortado addiction.
Iced Espresso with Topo Chico
Bolsa Mercado, 634 W Davis St.
Sometimes, the thought of a hot shot of espresso just feels like too much to bear — which is why some beautiful, caffeinated genius started mixing shots of espresso with that glorious Mexican sparkling mineral water, Topo Chico. At Bolsa Mercado, their iced espresso/Topo concoction is also mixed with a "secret syrup" that lends this fizzy drink a touch of sweetness.
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Drugstore Cowboy, 2721 Main St.
If you're still itching for a shot of espresso, try Drugstore Cowboy's layered shot, the Teardrop. It starts with vanilla syrup, a layer of cold heavy cream and a shot of espresso on top, and it's meant to be taken like a shot of whiskey. The bitter, warm espresso mixes with the cold, rich cream to create a velvety hot-cold battle in the mouth, and the sugary vanilla finish caps it all off with a touch of sweetness. If you're not big on sugar, ask Drugstore Cowboy to go light on the vanilla syrup.
Local Press + Brew, 1605 N Beckley Ave.
Local Press makes its own juices and nut milks in-house, which makes it a great spot to grab coffee for the dairy-free. Order the nut-shaken latte and choose between three house-made milks: coconut, cacao and almond. If you're craving a touch of chocolate, go for the cacao. The resulting drink is oh so smooth, the kind of drink that disappears after a few sips. Local Press has a ton of perfect summer drink options, including coconut and regular cold-brew and an iced matcha latte that tastes like summer in a cup.
Japanese iced coffee
Houndstooth, 1900 N Henderson Ave. and 1878 Sylvan Ave.
If you're more of a tea drinker but want a hit of coffee, try Houndstooth's Japanese iced coffee, a pour-over served on ice. It's so light and delicate, it seems more like an iced tea than coffee, but the floral notes of the coffee make it an ideal sipper on a hot day.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Malai Kitchen, 3699 McKinney Avenue #319 and 1161 E. Southlake Boulevard #220
Make no mistake: You'll find Vietnamese iced coffee, known as Cafe Sua Da, on the menu of just about any Vietnamese restaurant around. Traditionally made with coarsely ground, dark roast coffee using a metal filter called a phin, Vietnamese iced coffee is mixed with sweetened condensed milk to create a sweet, high-octane coffee drink served over ice. Pop into any Vietnamese restaurant for a Cafe Sua Da to go or stop by Malai Kitchen, which makes a particularly robust cup of this caffeinated goodness.