Delicious and Nutritious: Healthy Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Welcome coffee lovers! Are you tired of drinking the same boring coffee every day? Do you want to try something new and exciting? Look no further than this iced cardamom espresso recipe! This unique blend of spices and espresso offers a refreshing twist on traditional coffee drinks.

As a barista, I have seen plenty of coffee lovers who want to try something outside their usual order, but they do not know where to start. That’s why I am thrilled to share this recipe with you. Not only will this iced cardamom espresso wake you up in the morning, but it will also take your taste buds on a journey they have never experienced before.

One of the best things about this recipe is how easy it is to make. You do not need any specialized equipment or difficult techniques. The ingredients are simple and easy to find in any grocery store.

So, let’s mix up some new flavors for our taste buds with my iced cardamom espresso recipe. Trust me; you won’t be disappointed!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Iced Cardamom Espresso
Iced Cardamom Espresso

Are you a fan of iced coffee but bored with the plain-old, same-old flavor? Allow me to introduce you to the Iced Cardamom Espresso recipe, a brilliantly spiced beverage in which the aroma and flavor of green cardamom pods shine through. And as a barista, I can attest to how extremely delicious this drink is!

The unique combination of ground espresso, 3-4 green cardamom pods, and sugar simmered together make for an indulgent syrup that adds an exotic touch to your usual iced coffee. Once mixed with cold milk or almond milk, this concoction creates a creamy and bold latte that gives an enjoyable spicy warm aftertaste.

The best part about this recipe is its flexibility: you can adjust the amount of sweetness or spice by controlling how much syrup you add. Want it stronger? Increase the amount of espresso shots! Prefer it sweeter? Add more maple syrup or chocolate syrup sugar over ice.

Apart from satisfying your taste buds, research has shown that green cardamom can help reduce inflammation and improve digestion. So you can indulge in your caffeine fix while benefiting from these natural health perks too.

Overall, this distinctive Iced Cardamom Espresso recipe is a refreshing change that will make you fall in love with iced coffee again. Give yourself a break from mundane iced coffees or lattes and come try something new, flavorful, and healthier today!

Ingredient List

 Wake up and smell the cardamom espresso!
Wake up and smell the cardamom espresso!

Before you start making this iced cardamom espresso recipe, it’s important that you have all the necessary ingredients ready to go. Here’s what you’ll need for a single serving:

  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 4 tablespoons ground espresso
  • 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup ice

You can find green cardamom pods at most specialty grocery stores or online. Make sure to get espresso powder or freshly ground espresso beans for the best flavor. You can use any type of milk you prefer – dairy, soy, almond, etc. And don’t forget the ice! It’s crucial for making this refreshing iced coffee recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Cool, creamy and caffeinated.
Cool, creamy and caffeinated.

Preparing the Cardamom Espresso

Step 1: Gather the Ingredients

To make this delicious Iced Cardamom Espresso Recipe, you’ll need 3 green cardamom pods, 4 tablespoons of ground espresso, 2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup, sugar ice (1 cup), and 1 cup of milk.

Step 2: Grind the Cardamom Pods

Grind 3 green cardamom pods with a mortar and pestle until you end up with around ¾ tsp of ground cardamom.

Step 3: Brew the Espresso

Brew the espresso shots using an espresso machine or French press. Put the ground espresso (around four tablespoons) into the portafilter of your machine and tamp it down. Then put the portafilter onto the machine and brew.

Step 4: Make Chocolate Syrup

Mix together chocolate syrup and sugar to taste. Add ice (around one cup) to your glass and pour in your syrup mixture. Pour your freshly brewed espresso shot over the syrup mixture in your glass.

Step 5: Add Milk

In a separate glass, measure out one cup of milk. Froth with an Aeroccino or similar device. Add the frothed milk to your glass with ice, the chocolate syrup mix, and espresso.

Step 6: Stir and Enjoy

Stir everything in the glass to combine it all together then take a sip of this rich yet sweet drink so that you can fully experience what an amazing cardamom coffee recipe is like!

Substitutions and Variations

 An iced coffee creation fit for a coffee connoisseur.
An iced coffee creation fit for a coffee connoisseur.

One of the great things about this iced cardamom espresso recipe is that it can be easily modified to suit your preferences. Here’s a rundown of some of the substitutions and variations you can try:

– Milk: The recipe calls for cow’s milk but you can easily swap it out for almond, soy or oat milk.

– Sweetener: Instead of maple syrup, you can use honey, agave or simple syrup.

– Cardamom: If you don’t have green cardamom pods on hand, you can use ground cardamom instead. Just add 1 tsp to the recipe.

– Espresso: If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use strong brewed coffee instead. Try using twice the amount of coffee you normally would to make a more concentrated brew.

– Affogato: For a decadent twist on this recipe, pour the iced cardamom espresso over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or espresso gelato.

– Thai Iced Cardamom Latte: Add 2 tbsp of condensed milk and a pinch of cinnamon to the recipe to make this popular drink.

– Nespresso Variation: Use a Nespresso machine instead of an espresso machine and mix the espresso shot with ¾ cup of cold milk using an Aeroccino frother.

Whatever variation or substitution you choose to make, don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for your taste buds. After all, making coffee is all about finding joy in the little details!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect pick-me-up for a hot summer day.
The perfect pick-me-up for a hot summer day.

The iced cardamom espresso is a perfect summer treat that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It is a unique blend of sweet, spicy, and creamy flavors that can be enjoyed either as a standalone beverage or as an accompaniment to a sweet dessert.

To make the most of this recipe, I recommend serving it chilled over ice. You can do this by pouring the prepared beverage into a glass filled with ice cubes. The coldness of the ice will complement the cold brew and add a refreshing touch to the flavor.

If you want to enjoy your iced cardamom espresso with some dessert, I would suggest pairing it with ice cream or espresso gelato. This would create a delicious affogato or cardamom macchiato that will be irresistible. The combination of hot and cold temperatures coming from the espresso and ice cream or gelato are a match made in heaven, making for an unforgettable taste experience.

Another great way to enjoy the iced cardamom espresso is by pouring it into Thai iced coffee, which consists of adding sweetened condensed milk to strong brewed coffee. The resulting beverage has a creamy texture that blends perfectly with the spiciness of the cardamom.

For those who prefer non-dairy options, you can substitute regular milk for almond milk, oat milk or soy milk. These alternatives will give you an equally delicious result without compromising flavor or creaminess.

Overall, I have found that this unique iced cardamom coffee recipe pairs well with any sweets and desserts. It’s perfect for those hot summer days when you need something cooling and refreshing but still want your caffeine fix.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Aromatic and flavorful cardamom adds an exotic twist to your usual cuppa.
Aromatic and flavorful cardamom adds an exotic twist to your usual cuppa.

Making an iced cardamom espresso can be a bit time-consuming, and you may want to prepare it ahead of time for a refreshing shot of caffeine on-the-go. The good news is that you can make the iced cardamom espresso ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator or freezer for later use.

To make ahead, follow the recipe instructions and then transfer the mixture to an airtight container. It can last up to two weeks in the refrigerator or three months in the freezer. When ready to serve, simply pour the desired amount into a cup, add ice cubes and milk (if desired), and stir.

If you have leftover iced cardamom espresso, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for later use. You can reheat it by pouring it into a heatproof cup and microwaving it on high for 30-45 seconds, stirring occasionally until hot. Alternatively, you can reheat it in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until hot.

It’s important to note that the flavor of the iced cardamom espresso may deteriorate over time due to prolonged storage or reheating. Therefore, It is best to consume it within two weeks when stored in the fridge or within three months when stored in the freezer for optimum flavor.

Pro tip: If you plan on storing and reheating your iced cardamom espresso, consider making a larger batch of brewed coffee or espresso at once, so that you always have fresh coffee concentrate on hand for your make-ahead recipe.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Wake up your taste buds with a dash of cardamom.
Wake up your taste buds with a dash of cardamom.

Making a perfect iced cardamom espresso is not rocket science, but it requires attention to details. Here are some tips that will help you impress yourself and your guests with the best homemade cardamom iced coffee.

1. Use Fresh Ground Espresso: The quality of the espresso is crucial when making iced cardamom espresso. Therefore, I highly recommend using freshly ground espresso beans for a richer and fresher taste. A good grinder can make your life easier and allow you to enjoy the full-bodied flavor of cardamom espresso.

2. Brew Your Espresso Strong: The strength of the espresso is another crucial factor that can make or break your iced cardamom espresso. Brew your coffee strong by using a double shot or a pod of Nespresso coffee to enhance the boldness of the drink.

3. Adjust Syrup to Taste: Whether you prefer syrupy or lightly sweetened drinks, you should adjust the amount of syrup used accordingly. You can use maple syrup, simple syrup, or even chocolate syrup with sugar and ice to balance the bitterness of coffee and add extra flavor to the drink.

4. Experiment with Milk Alternatives: If you are lactose intolerant or don’t like cow’s milk, then there are plenty of milk alternatives to choose from. You can use almond milk or soy milk instead, which will give you an equally creamy texture without compromising on taste.

5. Chill it Well: One key rule when making iced cardamom espresso is to make sure your drink is well chilled before serving. Allow your drink to chill for at least an hour in the fridge or freezer before serving over ice.

6. Add Cardamom Pods Wisely: The amount of green cardamom pods used in this recipe can vary depending on how strong you would like its flavor to be present in your drink. But be careful not to add too much since ground cardamom has a naturally potent flavor and can overpower the coffee.

By following these tips, you will be able to make the perfect iced cardamom espresso recipe that will keep you cool and energized throughout the day or halt your afternoon slump.

Bottom Line

Cardamom adds a unique flavor and depth to any coffee drink, and this iced cardamom espresso recipe is no exception. By blending cold brew espresso with ground cardamom, milk, and a touch of sweetness, you’ll create a refreshing drink that’s perfect for hot summer days or any time you need a pick-me-up.

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be easily modified to suit your tastes, whether you prefer a sweeter drink or a stronger coffee flavor. And with the option to swap out ingredients or add variations like iced maple lattes or cardamom affogatos, you’ll never get bored.

So why not try something new and indulge in the rich, aromatic flavors of cardamom espresso today? With just a few simple steps and ingredients, you can create a delicious iced coffee that will have you feeling refreshed and energized. So go ahead and give it a try – your taste buds (and your customers) will thank you!

Iced Cardamom Espresso

Iced Cardamom Espresso Recipe

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Global
Calories 99.9 kcal


  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 4 tablespoons ground espresso
  • 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
  • sugar
  • ice
  • 1 cup milk


  • You will need an espresso maker. Before preparing 4 cups of espresso, grind and coat the bottom of the filter with the cardamom.
  • Add the espresso grounds and begin brewing.
  • The resulting espresso should be infused with the scent of cardamom. Add chocolate syrup and then sugar to taste.
  • Pour over ice and milk.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 138gCalories: 99.9kcalCarbohydrates: 9.6gProtein: 4.3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 17.1mgSodium: 81.4mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 2.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Beverages, Easy, Sweet
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