Summer is coming…I can feel it.
Store catalogs coming in the mail are filled with bright colors and tropical prints and home stores are starting to stock outdoor furniture. Yes, yes, summer is coming.
I know I’m spoiled living in San Diego, so it’s not like I’m busting out of my house yelling “free at last” now that the weather is getting nicer and snow isn’t blanketing everything around me. Event though the weather is pretty stinking awesome here all year-round, the onset of summer still excites me for so many reasons. Some of which are…
I love the smell of sunscreen.
I love wearing my bright colored J.Crew shorts (I own these shorts in about five different colors).
I love baseball.
I love driving around on a warm summer evening with my windows down and my radio blaring.
I love a good summer beach read.
I love that it stays light out for so long.
I love enjoying a cool adult beverage as the temperature outside rises.
Last summer I wasn’t able to enjoy any cooling adult beverages because I was pregnant, so I’m looking forward to having an occasional cold one this year. This boozy drink is perfect for when you would want (and need!) the kick of a mixed drink and some caffeine all-in-one. Oh, and there’s ice cream in it. Seriously, it’s happiness in a glass.
I made this drink using the 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker from Hamilton Beach. Honestly, I love this machine because it’s like two coffeemakers all-in-one. On one side you can use your favorite beans to brew a full 12-cup pot for when you need an extra pick-me-up or when you’re entertaining guests and on the other side you can brew a single serving of your favorite coffee. Now, here’s what separates this machine from others – for the single serve side, you can use your beloved coffee beans OR single-serve packs like K-Cups. Bonus! I’ve been trying a few different types of K-cups the past couple of weeks, and I am so obsessed. In addition to coffee, I’ve used K-cups in the FlexBrew to make a cold strawberry lemonade, hot chocolate and espresso. You can’t beat that from one appliance!
For all of it’s flexibility and everything it can do, the 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker is sooooo simple to use and clean. It’s design is sleek and it is the perfect addition to my kitchen counter. I honestly never used to like to make coffee at home and now I’ve done it almost everyday – LOVE!
And now for the fun part! Hamilton Beach has kindly offered to send one of my lucky readers one of these fantastic FlexBrews! To enter, just use the widget below (after the recipe). There are multiple ways you can enter, so be sure to do them all to increase your chances!
In case you aren’t the lucky winner, you can find and purchase the 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker at a Wal-Mart near you!
Boozy Iced Coffee Float
Yields 1 drink
1 cup brewed coffee, chilled (I used a Kona blend light roast K-Cup)
1 tablespoon half and half
1 tablespoon Kahlua
1 tablespoon tequila
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 generous scoop good-quality vanilla ice cream
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Brew coffee
- To chill coffee, let stand for one hour at room temperature, then chill in the fridge for another hour until cold.
- Place the coffee, half and half, Kahlua, tequila and vanilla bean paste in a glass and mix thoroughly until all is combined.
- Add ice cream to the glass and give a slight stir to make sure the ice cream isn’t all floating on top.
- Top with cinnamon.
*Disclaimer: I was honored to be asked to receive and review the Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker mentioned in this post by the company. Hamilton Beach will also provide one reader with the coffeemaker. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.
*Terms & Conditions: The giveaway will be open until May 11, 2015 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be notified by email by May 12, 2015. The winner will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Winner must be 18 years of age and reside in the 50 United States or Washington, D.C. to win. The prize will be mailed by Hamilton Beach and cannot be shipped to a P.O. Box.
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