Keep Cool and Caffeinated: Houston's Top 10 Iced Coffee Drinks

Cafe sua da at Que Huong: It's humid and gross in Vietnam, too, this time of year. But Vietnamese iced coffee can help you beat the heat.
Cafe sua da at Que Huong: It's humid and gross in Vietnam, too, this time of year. But Vietnamese iced coffee can help you beat the heat.
Photo by Gary R. Wise

August is nearly here, and the summer ain't getting any cooler. But at least your coffee can.

I'm not the type of person who can make it through a morning without getting caffeinated, but it requires a special kind of fortitude to grimly chug a few cups of hot coffee when beads of sweat are already rolling down your back at 9 a.m. -- and you haven't left the house yet.

You can, of course, purchase cold-brewed coffee concentrate and make your own iced coffee at home (which is something I recommend for the hardcore coffee drinker). But if you're in the custom of stopping by a coffee shop on the way into work for your morning joe, then try one of these cooler drinks instead.

10. Cafe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee) at Que Huong

You can get a Vietnamese iced coffee at nearly any Vietnamese restaurant in town. But I like Que Huong for the wide array of other excellent Vietnamese dishes (nearly 350 on the menu at last count) that you can get along with your coffee -- many of which are perfect for summer, too, such as the tempura soft-shell crab and light, tangy jellyfish salad.

All of the coffee drinks at McDonald's are far better than they should be.
All of the coffee drinks at McDonald's are far better than they should be.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

9. Vanilla iced coffee at McDonald's

There is no shame in this game. McDonald's makes a very respectable iced coffee that's even better when you have them throw a little vanilla syrup into the mix. It's inexpensive, it's not terrible for you and the ingredient list is short and contains instantly identifiable things like milk and espresso.

Keep Cool and Caffeinated: Houston's Top 10 Iced Coffee Drinks

8. Granita at Agora

This is more an espresso milkshake than anything else, but what a milkshake it is. Imagine a Starbucks Frappuccino that was actually good -- that's a granita at Agora. It comes topped with whipped cream and floats on a layer of chocolate syrup. I like to mix it all together for a decadently sweet and creamy treat that I can't help but indulge in at least once a summer.



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