These Iced Coffee Recipes From Around The World Will Inspire You To Upgrade Your Morning Brew

05/22/2015 07:00 am ET | Updated Oct 05, 2015

If there's one thing worth traveling for -- aside from exotic beaches and historic sites, of course -- it's iced coffee. The always refreshing, intensely strong brew served over ice is the crowning glory of the warm weather months. Stateside, there's a lot of talk about cold brew. There's also a lot of talk about quick brew. And coffee iced cubes. Basically, we talk a lot about coffee.

But there's a whole world out there that drinks coffee over ice, too -- and some of it looks even better than our own. It might be because some cultures add sweetened condensed milk. Or it might be that ice cream finds its way into some of these coffees. Or it could even be the wafer cookies that are served on top. Either way, these are all caffeinated beverages worth knowing about -- if not boarding a plane for.

From Greece to Thailand, check out the best iced coffee the world has to offer.

  • 1 Frappe, Greece
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    Greece proves that there is a time and a place for instant coffee, and that it can in fact be absolutely delicious. The Greek frappe is traditionally made with instant coffee, water and milk, shaken and served over ice with sugar to taste. It's the perfect answer to sultry afternoons.

    Get a recipe here.
  • 2 Aisu Kōhī, Japan
    To make Japanese iced coffee, the coffee is brewed directly onto ice which means you can get it from cup to mouth even faster because there's no need to cool it first. Not only is this super efficient, it also creates a complex flavor that can't be achieved with cold brew.

    Get a recipe here.
  • 3 Oliang, Thailand
    Traditional Thai iced coffee is brewed with soybeans, sesame and corn. That's what gives it a special kick. (Though you'll commonly see it just brewed with cardamom, too.) It's served over iced with sweetened condensed milk -- another nice touch -- or evaporated milk with simple syrup. It basically tastes like heaven.

    Get a recipe here.
  • 4 Ca Phe Da, Vietnam
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    Vietnamese iced coffee is famous for its use of sweetened condensed milk, but that's not the only thing that makes it so memorable. Just like with Oliang from Thailand, Vietnamese coffee is interesting right from the start with the brewing process. Sometimes it is brewed with chicory and other times it's a mixture of Arabica and Robusta beans, which are notably harsh but blend well with the sweetness of the condensed milk.

    Get a recipe here.
  • 5 Mocha Cola, Brazil
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    This is not your every day iced coffee. Brazil's take on this beverage is... unique. There is coffee in it. And chocolate, lots of chocolate. But there's also cola -- which means double the caffeine -- served over ice with whipped cream.

    Get a recipe here.
  • 6 Yuanyang, Hong Kong
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    Hong Kong is another spot where you'll find extra caffeine in iced coffee. Yuanyang is a mixture of milk tea and coffee served over ice.

    Get a recipe here.
  • 7 Affogato, Italy
    This isn't exactly an iced coffee, but it is a beautiful, strong shot of espresso served on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. That's good enough for us. (And, ahem, that's Italian espresso and Italian ice cream, so... )

    Get a recipe here.
  • 8 Eiskaffee, Germany
    Italy might have the affogato, but Germany has the Eiskaffee. And if ordered at the right place, that eiskaffee will come in a tall glass full of strong, cold German coffee with a scoop of ice cream, grated chocolate, whipped cream AND a fancy wafer cookie. If you're really lucky, you get a party streamer too.

    Get a recipe here.

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