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Top 5 Iced Coffee Drinks Perfect for This Blistering Heat

Intelligentsia's Angeleno iced coffee drink.
Intelligentsia's Angeleno iced coffee drink.
T. Nguyen

That hot cup of coffee with breakfast -- or, that hot cup of coffee as breakfast -- is, for many of us, the highlight of our morning, the one thing that that perks us up and fuels our energy. Except when it's only 9 a.m. but already 80 degrees, as it has been for the last few days.

For times like these, then, you need a cold coffee drink to start, and maybe end, your day. Simply throwing that morning brew into a cup of ice is a tantalizing option, but not the best: doing so generally shocks the coffee and results in a harsh, bitter cup that will do nothing to help your heat-induced crankiness. Thankfully, there are plenty of great iced coffee drinks in the city that can supply your morning caffeine fix and cool you off at the same time. Here are five of our favorites.

Intelligentsia Pasadena
Intelligentsia Pasadena
A. Scattergood

5. The Angeleno at Intelligentsia. Essentially a spiked iced latte, Intelligentsia's Angeleno has four shots of its signature espresso shaken with ice, milk, and agave nectar. The result is a potent, frothy, sweet concoction. If their intent was to ween Los Angeles off the Frappuccino, they succeeded. 3922 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 663-6173; 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (310) 399-1233; 55 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 578-1270.

Cafe de Leche's iced horchata con espresso.
Cafe de Leche's iced horchata con espresso.
T. Nguyen

4. Iced horchata con espresso at Cafe de Leche. As with most of the coffee drinks on the menu, the horchata con espresso at Cafe de Leche is available hot or iced. While it is very good as a warm drink, it might be even better cold. All the great flavors of a horchata is combined with fantastic espresso from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, making for an intensely flavorful drink. 5000 York Blvd., Highland Park; (323) 551-6828.

Vietnamese iced coffee at Cafe Dulce in Little Tokyo.
Vietnamese iced coffee at Cafe Dulce in Little Tokyo.
T. Nguyen

3. Cà phê sữa đá at Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa. The iced coffee at this Rosemead restaurant was our top choice in our round-up of the best places to pick up a Vietnamese coffee. If you can't make it out to the San Gabriel Valley, Cafe Dulce in Little Tokyo makes a variety of iced coffee drinks, including a Vietnamese iced coffee made with LAMILL Coffee's espresso and just the right amount of condensed milk. Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa, 9016 Mission Dr., Rosemead, (626) 286-3370; Cafe Dulce, 134 Japanese Village Plaza, Bldg E, Los Angeles; (213) 346-9910.



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