Stop me if you’ve heard this before..
‘It was a hot afternoon
the last day of June,
and the sun was a demon..’ – dooby-dooby-dooby-do..
If you recognise these lyrics, the tune’s going to be in your head for the rest of the day – sorry about that!
For those of you too young to remember, may I suggest that you stick ‘Bobby Goldsboro, Summer the first time’ into your search engine and have a listen – it’s alright, you can thank me later..
Anyway, it was a hot afternoon, in the last week in June, and I needed a cool drink. If I was going with the lyrics of the song, I’d be offering up a Mint Julep here – and if you have mint, a sugar syrup, bourbon and ice, you’re sorted – but I’m sticking with what I know here..
My pal Anne – for just our second socially-distanced lunch since Lockdown – had agreed to venture into my back garden to seek a little shade.
We had a non-alcoholic Hugo, http://eatingforireland.com/recipe/cocktail-hugo/
made with this year’s Elderflower Cordial http://eatingforireland.com/recipe/homemade-elderflower-cordial/
and a bunch of Apple Mint kindly given by my neighbour..making something already cool and delicious into something perfect.
But now it was mid-afternoon – ‘the last week, etc’ – and I wanted something else!
Then all of a sudden my sister-in-law’s Iced Coffee popped into my head and absolutely refused to leave.. Picture this, if you will – Cold coffee, milk, and Ice-cream, whizzed together and topped – if you like, and I do like – with another scoop of Ice Cream..
Enough said. The memory of drinking this in Australia, in 35 degree heat, in January, many years ago, was enough to send me scurrying out to the freezer, praying that I had a box of Vanilla ice-cream in there somewhere.. And hey presto, after digging around for a while, Australian Iced Coffee was back on the menu!
Check out the recipe for my niece Claire’s Vegan and dairy-free version at the bottom of the recipe! She used Almond milk for her version, and I suggest a dairy-free ice-cream in the recipe too..
I’ll be using my new eco-friendly metal straw – these are old pictures – for this afternoon’s jug of Iced Coffee!
So go on! Treat yourself! We only get one day like this every year..