31 Refreshing Iced Coffee Recipes To Sip On This Summer

iced coffee recipes to try this summer

Iced coffee is our all-time favorite pick-me-up, especially on a hot afternoon — and, let's be real, sometimes you need caffeine and dessert simultaneously. There's something about the combination of toasty, roasty coffee and icy, creamy sweetness that sends shivers up our spines. Since experimenting with being your own barista is *so* much fun, throw on an apron and try your hand at making one of these unique iced coffee recipes.

Iced Coffee Recipes We Love

Coconut Iced Coffee (With Mini Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts!)

Make sure your brew is super strong so it can handle the sweetness of this recipe's coconut creamer and the bonus doughnuts! This is the ultimate treat when your sweet tooth's cravings hit. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Iced Bulletproof Coffee

All you have to do for this recipe is throw all of your ingredients, including the vanilla, into a blender. It's an easy and delicious coffee that will give you lasting energy all day. (via Brit + Co.)

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew (Starbucks Copycat)

Starbucks who? This copycat recipe emulates the sheer greatness of the chain's iced coffee-cold foam combo. (via The Girl On Bloor)

Two-Ingredient Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Sometimes you want a strong, sweet iced coffee, but can't find the energy to become a master barista to make it happen. This Vietnamese iced coffee uses sweetened condensed milk to give it big flavor, with minimal effort. (via Brit + Co.)

Topo Chico Iced Coffee

Topo Chico sparkling mineral water is ultra-refreshing on its own, but add it to iced coffee, and you've got a serious pick-me-up on your hands. You can try different flavors, but we also think flavorless Topo works on its own. (via Brit + Co.)

Fresh Mint Iced Coffee

Muddled mint and *lots* of ice cubes make this coffee perfect for even the hottest days of summer. Add a splash of pistachio milk for a creamy drink that also gives you a refreshing dose of energy! (via Brit + Co.)

Chocolate Cream Cold Brew (Starbucks Copycat)

Chocolate and coffee are arguably two of the *best* things on the planet, so when they join forces in drinks like this one, we cannot resist getting a little taste. (via Pink Owl Kitchen)

Iced White Chocolate Mocha (Starbucks Copycat)

Give us everything sweet – we'll sip it down in no time! That includes this Starbucks white mocha dupe that you can easily customize at home with caramel drizzle and whipped cream. (via Barley & Sage)

Milky, Minty Coffee Popsicles

Technically, a popsicle made out of iced coffee is... still iced coffee. Although, you might be tempted to just drink this coffee that's lusciously flavored with mint, instead of putting it into the popsicle molds. (via Brit + Co.)

Lemonade Iced Coffee

Cold brew is diluted with a splash of lemonade for a refreshing, more caffeinated take on an Arnold Palmer, and we are definitely here for it. (via Brit + Co.)

Simple Vanilla Coffee

Homemade vanilla simple syrup gives a fragrant hint of sweetness to your iced coffee, so you don't have to worry about trying to dissolve granulated sugar in your cold beverage! (via Brit + Co.)

Mocha Java Chip Frappuccino

This health-ified iced coffee recipes replaces any artificial sweeteners with naturally sweet dates, vanilla extract, and cacao nibs. Its Frappuccino texture makes it the most decadent sip out there. (via Munching with Mariyah)

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew (Starbucks Copycat)

Pumpkin spice can hit the spot practically any time of year. Pumpkin puree and sweet spices turn your regular half-and-half into a seasonally-flavored treat! (via Feel Good Foodie)

Vegan Caramel Frappuccino

Coffee + banana = real energy. This sip combines the two for a more filling iced bev! (via Live Eat Learn)

Iced Ube Latte

Sick of ordering the same old iced latte flavors every time you make yourself a cup of coffee? Do yourself a favor and try this iced ube latte instead. It's earthy and subtly sweet, yet still delivers on the caffeine content. (via Takes Two Eggs)

Rosewater Cardamom Iced Coffee

Making your own flavored creamer is an easy way to give your iced coffee a boost that you're sure to like. This recipe uses cardamom and rosewater to make a unique drink every time! (via Brit + Co.)

Cinnamon Ice Cube Coffee

Keep ice cubes made from coffee infused with cinnamon in your freezer, and you can jazz up a boring glass of iced java whenever the fancy strikes. The best part about this coffee hack? No more watered-down coffee! (via Brit + Co.)

Everyone Will Love These Iced Coffee Recipes

Red Velvet Iced Coffee

Red velvet is simply iconic. Iced coffee gets the sweetest treatment when mixed with red velvet-inspired flavors! (via Brit + Co.)

Kahlua Iced Coffee

Perfect for when those afternoon coffee breaks turn into evening coffee breaks, this spiked version of iced coffee is everything you could ask for at five o'clock. If you're worried about having caffeine too late, just swap your usual java for decaf! (via Lick My Spoon)

Wild Child Iced Coffee

Adulthood can be stressful. Inject some fun into your day by topping your favorite iced coffee with a dollop of fluffy whipped cream and plenty of sprinkles! It never fails, we promise. (via Brit + Co.)

Caramel Mocha Coffee Concentrate

Don't be thrown off by the sugary title. This treat is sweetened naturally, without any processed sugars, so it gets two thumbs up from us. (via Sunkissed Kitchen)

Toasted Coconut Shakerato

Shakerato is Italian iced coffee, made by shaking coffee with ice (and, in this case, tasty toasted coconut syrup). Top your glass with some creamy coconut milk, then rim it with toasted coconut flakes for a real mid-day treat! (via Simply Whisked)

We Can't Wait To Make These Coffee Recipes This Summer!

Samoa Iced Coffee

Tragically, Girl Scout cookies aren't available year round. Take matters into your own hands with this Samoa-inspired iced coffee in the morning, and make a Girl Scout cocktail after dinner. ;) (via The Lovely Life)

Coconut Caramel Cold Brew

Something about the toasted flavor of caramel pairs *beautifully* with coconut. Pair it with some cold brew coffee for a drink you'll want to sip on all. day. long. (via The Gourmet RD)

Cinnamon Dolce Latte (Starbucks Copycat)

This recipe takes Starbuck's Cinnamon Dolce Latte and turns it into a fully vegan bev. Making your own coffee syrup will ultimately save you so much time and money! (via Munching with Mariyah)

Wake Me Up Coffee Smoothie

Pouring iced coffee into smoothies is a *genius* idea. The strong notes partner up with the sweetness of banana and cinnamon in this truly tasty drink! (via Live Eat Learn)

Iced Salted Honey Lattes

Salt and honey might sound like a strange combination, but think a little harder, and you'll realize that's the flavor combination that makes spiced nuts, granola, and trail mix so irresistible. It does the same for these lattes, which are so tasty you'll want to get up early just to get a sip. (via Sweet Phi)

Viennese Iced Coffee

Dark, strong iced coffee helps tame the sweetness of vanilla ice cream to make this dessert drink. It's the perfect snack for any and every warm evening. (via Li'l Vienna)

Vegan Iced Cinnamon Mocha

Once you make this cinnamon-infused chocolate sauce (in just one minute, no less!), you'll be able to transform all manners of beverages and desserts. Stir some into your morning cup of Joe to give your drink a spicy kick! (via Vegetarian Gastronomy)

Extra-Thick Iced Vegan Coffee Milkshake

Think about a thicker, heartier, more fulfilling version of your go-to frappé order – that's exactly what this coffee-infused milkshake is. It's packed with healthy ingredients from oats, bananas, dates, and almond butter, so you could even gulp this down for a super sustaining breakfast! (via Two Spoons)

Overnight New Orleans-Style Iced Coffee

If you want a fancy caffeine boost in the morning, make things easy by starting with some store-bought coffee concentrate. Infuse it with cinnamon and chicory (a New Orleans classic) overnight, and you'll be ready to conquer the world in the a.m. (via Hummingbird High)

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If you're on a mission to dazzle with your gifts this year and skip the disappointing "meh" response, you're in for a treat, since this collection of gifts goes above and beyond, guaranteed to spark genuine excitement and heartfelt appreciation. We've got everything from hilarious gag gifts to catch them off guard, to tech wonders that'll sprinkle a little magic into their daily routine, and so much more. These one-of-a-kind, thoughtful gifts will definitely make an impression.

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Wrap Up Into a “Blanket Burrito” – Literally


Why settle for a conventional, boring blanket when you can gift a tortilla-inspired masterpiece that brings joy and laughter wherever it goes? This blanket doesn't just keep your lucky giftee warm and snug this season—it turns them into a living, breathing blanket burrito!

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This Handy Wood Station to Declutter the Bedside


This chic and sleek wooden docking station doesn't just keep your devices neatly organized and charged; it has space for all your small bedside essentials. Say goodbye to the daily hunt for keys, wallet, and earbuds, since they’ll be right there. It’s a practical gift that easily blends utility with a touch of elegance.

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An Adorable Note Dispenser for Your Office Buddy


Add a touch of whimsy to any desk with this adorable cat-themed note dispenser. Beyond its endearing design, this little feline friend serves a practical purpose by effortlessly dispensing post-it notes. It's not just a desk accessory; it's a charming companion that brings both the cuteness factor and functionality to the workspace.

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This Classy and Delightful Scented Candle


No one is ever unhappy receiving scented candles since there’s no such thing as too many – and this one not only has an array of long-lasting fragrances available to set the mood and a relaxing ambiance, but it also comes in a gorgeous apothecary-style jar that’s a visual stunner, adding a decorative touch to any space.

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This Famous Lululemon Belt Bag but Cozier


The Everywhere Belt Bag by Lululemon is pretty much on everyone’s Wishlist, and this one is made of snug fleece fabric that makes a cozy style statement. Perfectly sized for your recipient’s going-out essentials, it doesn't just add a dash of winter fashion charm; it screams practicality with a side of chic.

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A Karaoke Machine for Impromptu Serenades


Suitable for both kids and adults, this karaoke machine comes set with two wireless microphones, making it the perfect gift for the aspiring diva or rockstar in your life. It has six playback modes to suit every style, and it has a two-hour rechargeable battery for on-the-go use, so whether your giftee is a budding pop star or a seasoned shower singer, they’ll have plenty of fun belting it out.

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A Pillowcase Made of Pure Mulberry Silk


A silk pillowcase is a game-changer for your recipient’s beauty sleep routine. The silky-smooth surface is the secret weapon against friction, working its magic to minimize hair breakage and leave those locks looking effortlessly luscious and frizz-free, and also prevents wrinkles and breakouts, making it the ultimate beauty sleep essential.

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Flowering Tea is Quite an Experience


This flowering tea set not only provides 12 delicious fresh fruit tea flavors, but also a visual experience that turns teatime into an Instagrammable moment. It’s the ultimate gift for tea enthusiasts who appreciate the perfect blend of delicious flavors and a unique drinking experience.

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This Notebook with a Funny Cover


This notebook is not just practical but also bound to tickle the funny bone, especially for our beloved seniors. With the witty inscription 'Crap I'll Forget Unless I Write It Down' on the cover, this notebook is not just a memory aid but a source of laughter. And hey, it's not exclusively for seniors—any scatter-brained individual in your life will appreciate this gem.

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This Massage Gun for Tension Relief


Treat your loved ones to the ultimate post-workout or after-a-long-day indulgence with the Theragun Prime. With its deep tissue massage capabilities, it works wonders to relieve tightness and tension, providing a blissful relaxation experience. With four attachments and five speeds, it's like a customizable spa day at their fingertips.

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Playing Cards that Define 50 Types of Farts


If you’re looking for a unique and funny gift, these playing cards are it. Sure, they're functional for a plethora of fun games, but what sets them apart is the unexpected twist – each card has a different 'fart definition' that's bound to have everyone in stitches. It's not just a deck of cards; it's a guaranteed recipe for laughter and unforgettable game nights.

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‘The Starry Night’ but LEGO


Not only is assembling this LEGO set of the famous painting ‘The Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh a fun adventure, but by the end, your recipient gets a unique piece of artwork they can proudly display. It's a double win.

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A Long-Lasting Versace Cologne


The Dreamer by Versace is a sophisticated scent with notes of lavender, tobacco, and tonka bean. Whether donned for a special occasion or embraced as an everyday signature, this fragrance is bound to attract compliments and leave a lasting impression.

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Cozy Footwear: Crocs with Fuzzy Lining


Perfect for the holiday season, these Crocs have the iconic comfort and support, plus soft lining to keep feet extra comfy and snug during the colder months. Whether your recipient is unwinding at home, stepping out for a quick minute, or conquering their to-do list, these Crocs are the go-to footwear for all occasions.

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Customizable Socks that Are as Unique as You Make Them


These socks can be customized with a picture of your choice, and are available in over 33 style options, so you can find the perfect pair for that person. It's not just a gift; it's a unique statement piece that stands out in the sock drawer, bringing a dash of humor and a whole lot of personality to every step.

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Noise-Canceling Headphones for an Escape


The Bose QuietComfort Ultra are perfect for anyone who wants uninterrupted, peaceful listening session without disruptive background noise. Not only that, but they’re extremely comfy to wear with the plush ear cushions and lightweight design, making it a practical accessory.

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Gift the Joy of Cozy, Warm Sips with a Temperature-Controlled Mug


For that person who always has a hot drink at hand during the holiday season, this temperature-controlled mug is the most practical and thoughtful gift. It has three heat levels, ensuring that they can savor every sip in perfect peace without worrying about a lukewarm drink.

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Give them the Gift of Style with These Aviator Sunglasses


These Ray-Ban sunglasses have a classing aviator style that adds a touch of retro-cool to any outfit. Of course, they’re polarized to reduce glare and eye strain, making them as functional as they are fashionable.

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This Decanter is a Statement Piece


This gorgeous decanter has a stiletto heel design that not only enhances the flavor and aroma of spirits, but also makes a beautiful display piece that adds a touch of glamour to the bar or tabletop. “This is a really cute idea for girly girls,” wrote one reviewer.

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This Versatile Beanie for Warmth and Style


The classic design of this Carhartt beanie makes it one of the most giftable winter accessories. Effortlessly blending street fashion with classic comfort, it’s a must-have for anyone braving the chilly weather. And with a variety of color options, it's so easy to find the perfect match for any style.

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A Polaroid Camera for High-Quality Retro Prints


The Polaroid Now camera effortlessly captures and instantly prints cherished moments, adding a nostalgic touch to your memories. With its user-friendly design and vibrant, high-quality prints, it's the perfect gift for anyone who’d love the sentimentality of instant memories that they can hold in their hands.

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OLAPLEX Set for Smooth, Shiny, and Healthy Hair


Including the shampoo and conditioner, this OLAPLEX set gifts them with the luxurious hair care experience they deserve. Infused with OLAPLEX's nourishing and reparative properties, this dynamic duo transforms damaged hair into silky soft, shiny locks., making it the perfect gift that’ll restore their confidence.

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A 100-Piece Puzzle of Puppies Pooping


Not only is this jigsaw the perfect gift for puzzle lovers, but it’ll definitely bring laughter and smiles with its unique and ridiculous design that features puppies pooing. It's a gift that’s not just about fitting the pieces together; it's about creating a hilarious masterpiece that's sure to be a conversation starter.

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Lightsaber Chopsticks for the Jedi Among You


For those with a love for Asian food and Star Wars, look no further than this pair of chopsticks. They’re not your average utensils—they even come complete with LED lights for the full lightsaber experience, turning mealtime into a fun time.

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Let them Unwind and Relax with these Bath Salts


This set of six bath salts aren't just about leaving your recipient’s skin feeling like a dream – they're also bursting with six delightful scents, from the soothing hug of lavender to sweet coconut, allowing for a versatile and customizable self-care routine that caters to their every mood and preference.

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A Chunky Knit Blanket That Brings Both Style and Coziness


Yes, of course this blanket is super cozy, perfect for snuggling up on the couch during a movie marathon, getting lost in the pages of a good book, or stealing a blissful afternoon nap. But here's the charming twist: its chunky knit construction isn't just soft and snug; it also adds a stylish flair to the couch or bed.

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Give Their Plants a Personality with these Magnets


For the plant lovers among you, these magnets are the perfect gift. With three expressions and three adorable animals, they add a playful touch that’ll bring a smile to your recipient’s face. Take it from this reviewer: “These are such a unique and inexpensive gift for the plant enthusiast in your life. Turn a simple plant into an adorable conversation item. They will make you smile when watering your houseplants.”

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This Luxurious Robe that’s “Ridiculously Soft and Squishy”


gushed a pleased five-star reviewer about this Barefoot Dreams robe, made from the finest quality polyester. It's a cocoon of comfort that's the perfect gift for anyone who deserves a little pampering.

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Modern and Elegant Wine Glasses


These wine glasses are a perfect blend of modern chic and timeless sophistication. The unique square glass shape adds a contemporary touch to your recipient’s wine-drinking experience, making them a unique addition to their glassware collection.

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This Adorable Wearable Blanket for a Lazy Day


Available in various fun designs, including cats, hearts, strawberries, and more, this wearable blanket turns lounging into a fun and cozy experience. It’s perfect for chilly evenings, lazy Sundays, or movie nights, with an oversized fit that guarantees comfort and soft, plush fabric that guarantees snugness.

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For the Dads: A Year’s Worth of Dad Jokes


This 2024 calendar has a dad joke for every day of the year, allowing your recipient to start every day with a smile. A reviewer wrote: “Just checked the January 1 joke on my Daughter and it elicited the appropriate groan and rolling of the eyes. Perfect!”

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This Breath-Taking Rose Display for Disney Lovers


The SWAROVSKI Enchanted Rose is not just a gift; it's a breathtaking work of art that brings the magic of 'Beauty and the Beast' into your recipient's living space. Made with Swarovski crystals, this enchanted rose is a symbol of luxury that brings a touch of the fairytale vibe into your recipient’s home. It’s definitely a gift to remember.

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A Comprehensive Skincare Set to Get Them Started


If you know someone who doesn’t really give skincare that much thought, this set includes everything they need, including a cleanser, moisturizer, scrub, and lip balm. With a product for every step of the routine, taking care of their skin has never been easier. Gift the simplicity of a complete skincare regimen and watch them effortlessly glow through each step.

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A Coloring Book with a Sense of Humor


The "Things You Want to Say at Work But Can't" coloring book is the perfect gift for that person just trying to get through the work week. It not only offers an outlet for stress relief, but each page has hilarious sayings that are sure to get a much-needed laugh.

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A Comfy Hoodie with a Customized Photo


A hoodie alone is a simple, foolproof gift, but this one can be customized with a ‘drawing’ of a photo, turning a simple hoodie into a uniquely meaningful and heartfelt gift. Whether it's a picture of a beloved pet, a special moment with friends, or a funny memory, it’s a thoughtful and personal gift.

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A Magnetic Power Bank for Maximum Convenience


The Anker power bank isn’t your ordinary source of portable power; it's a game-changer with an innovative magnetic design, bringing a whole new level of convenience to the charging experience. No more pesky wires to untangle, and your recipient gets to use the phone as normal.

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These Delicious Gourmet Truffles to Sweeten Their Day


These Lindt truffles come with all sorts of flavors for every palate, from smooth milk chocolate to strong dark chocolate, sweet white chocolate, and even fudge, caramel, and dulce de leche flavors. It’s the perfect gift for that sweet tooth craving everyone gets around the holidays.

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Caramel fans, make some noise! I've got the ultimate copycat recipe for one of Starbucks' tastiest seasonal drinks, the Caramel Brûlée Latte. Each time I order it, it's the perfect dose of sweetness, but of course, it impacts my wallet a lot more than I'd like it to.

In the vein of saving some cash this season, I'm making a whole lineup of Starbucks drinks at home. This Starbucks Caramel Brûlée Latte recipe only calls for six ingredients, ones I foresee myself using again and again throughout the year. Gotta love a yummy drink that's *also* affordable. Here's how to make it!

Craving more? Check out the recipes for the Peppermint Mocha, the Eggnog Latte, and cold foam.

Is the Caramel Brûlée Latte seasonal?

Yes, the Starbucks Caramel Brûlée Latte is seasonal. It returned to the winter menu this year, alongside other fan-fave drinks like the Peppermint Mocha, the Sugar Cookie Latte, and the Chestnut Praline Latte.

What is the difference between a Caramel Latte and a Caramel Brûlée Latte?

The difference between a Caramel Latte and a Caramel Brûlée Latte at Starbucks is the syrups used to make each drink. While the Caramel Latte uses a simple caramel syrup, the Caramel Brûlée Latte actually incorporates a signature Caramel Brûlée sauce to build the beverage. Additionally, the Caramel Brûlée Latte is made with whipped cream and a sprinkled topping, whereas the Caramel Latte is just espresso, milk, and caramel syrup.

Ingredients For Making The Starbucks Caramel Brûlée Latte At Home

The ingredients for the Caramel Brûlée Latte were super easy to find, either online or at the store. This list reflects everything that goes into the chain's original recipe, all except the syrup. Since Starbucks uses their very own (and very sweet) Caramel Brûlée sauce, I used a combo of caramel and vanilla syrups instead, in hopes to emulate the taste.
More than anything, this recipe is flexible and customizable – use your favorite milk instead of 2% (I used cashew milk 😋), omit or change certain toppings, or try out different amounts of sweetness. It's your drink, after all!
  • 1-2 shots espresso (If you don't have a way to brew espresso at home, you could either order a few shots from your closest cafe or simply use regular, very strong coffee.)
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp caramel syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla syrup
  • 1 tbsp brûlée bits, for topping (I used Spice House's Coffee Cake Sugar to save time, but if you want to make the bits yourself, Mom Makes Dinnerhas an excellent recipe!)
  • Whipped cream, for topping

Directions For This Tasty Starbucks Caramel Brûlée Latte

  1. Brew your espresso (or strong coffee) like you normally would. While you wait for it to brew, grab a cute mug.
  2. Add the caramel and vanilla syrups to the mug.
  3. Use a separate mug to microwave the milk for 2 minutes, or until steaming. To make it thicker and frothier, you can use an electric frother after heating to create a thin layer of latte foam.
  4. Once your espresso (or strong coffee) is done brewing, pour it over the syrups, stirring to combine.
  5. Pour the heated, frothed milk over the espresso mixture.
  6. Top off your drink using the whipped cream and brûlée bits.

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I didn't watch Stranger Thingswhen it first premiered because I convinced myself I wouldn't like it. I have never been more wrong. The story — which revolves around a small town in Indiana, a group of outcasts, popular kids, and parents brought together by tragedy, and a monstrous alternate dimension — launched into the cultural zeitgeist in November of 2016. Television (and streaming services) have never been the same.

The characters within the show (Millie Bobby Brown's powerful Eleven, Joe Keery's goofy-yet-sincere Steve, David Harbour's protective Jim) are so complex and engaging that it makes Stranger Things one of the best TV shows of the 2010s and 2020s. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and after the cultural moment that was Stranger Things 4 (FYI, I'm still listening to Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill"), the hit series is coming to a close. Here's everything we know about Stranger Things 5.

What happens in Stranger Things 5?

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) David Harbour as Jim Hopper and Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in STRANGER THINGS. Image via Netflix.

In an interview with Happy Sad Confused's Josh Horowitz, David Harbour says that the Duffers always outdo themselves. “I’m excited to go back. I’m excited to wrap it up in a bold, amazing way," he continues. "I’m excited to really swing with this character, because you know they’re going to pay off these OG characters: Eleven, Hopper, Joyce, Will, Mike; they’re going to pay them off in big ways because they’ve lived with you for the past eight years.”

Even though David keeps his lips sealed when it comes to plot details, he does promise that the series' end is "very, very moving."

Other members of the ST team have also offered a glimpse at what we can expect. “Will really takes center stage again in [Stranger Things 5],” Ross Duffer tells Variety. The first season, which kicked off with Will (Noah Schnapp) being abducted, will wrap up where it started. Especially since the first Stranger Things 5 leak seems to show the season will take place during the holidays. Just like season one!

After years of speculation from fans, Noah confirmed that Will is gay in July of 2022 — a decision that impacted his own life as he publicly came out on TikTok in January 2023.

"I think the way I act in Season 5, honestly, might be a little different," Noah says in the same Variety interview. "I will be fully aware of who I am. Knowing all of that about myself and being able to invest that in my character, I’m honestly just excited.”

“This emotional arc for him is what we feel is going to hopefully tie the whole series together," Ross continues. "Will is used to being the young one, the introverted one, the one that’s being protected. So part of his journey, it’s not just sexuality — it’s Will coming into his own as a young man.”

When will Stranger Things 5 film?

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Sean Astin as Bob and David Harbour as Hopper. Image via Netflix.

At the BoxLunch Gala on November 9, which honored Feeding America and where David Harbour was named the Giving Ambassador, David offered some insight into the plan for Stranger Things 5 now that the strike is over: "We got to film that last season of Stranger Things, don’t we? I got to be down there, like, in a couple of days. We gotta get going — we’re late!”

In addition to hyping up how eager everyone is to get back to filming, David also mentioned how much Hopper has inspired him over the course of working on the show and hopes that he can take the character's "strength, his courage, his dedication, his powerful love for his family, and for right and wrong, [and] his ideas of justice" with him after the series wraps.

Is there a Stranger Things season 5?

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, David Harbour as Jim Hopper, Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, and Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in STRANGER THINGS. Image via Netflix.

Yes, there will be a Stranger Things 5! In February 2022, brothers, writers, and creators Matt and Ross announced both the date of season four, and that season five would be the last installment.

"Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for Stranger Things," they say in the statement. "We hope that you stay with us as we finish this tale of a powerful girl named Eleven and her brave friends, of a broken police chief and a ferocious mom, of a small town called Hawkins and an alternate dimension known only as the Upside Down."

When is Stranger Things 5 coming out?

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley and Joe Keery as Steve Harrington in STRANGER THINGS. Image via Steve Dietl/Netflix.

Production was supposed to begin this summer, but because of the writers' strike (and the subsequent SAG-AFTRA actors' strike), Stranger Things 5 was delayed. Now, we're hoping to see it in late 2024 or early 2025.

"Duffers here. Writing does not stop when filming begins," @strangerwriters tweeted in May. "While we’re excited to start production with our amazing cast and crew, it is not possible during this strike. We hope a fair deal is reached soon so we can all get back to work. Until then -- over and out. #wgastrong."

But on September 27, after the writers' strike came to an official end, we got another exciting announcement when @strangerwriters tweeted, "we're back." The SAG-AFTRA strike will have to end before they can begin production on Stranger Things 5 with the actors, but for now, the team is writing again. Hooray!

Who is the new character in Stranger Things 5?

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Finn Wolfhard as Mike, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan, Sadie Sink as Max, Natalia Dyer as Nancy, Noah Schnapp as Will, and Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven. Image via Netflix.

Linda Hamilton (The Terminator, Children of the Corn) is joining the final season. We don't know what kind of role she'll be playing, but we do know she loves Stranger Things as much as we do.

“I don’t know how to be a fangirl and an actress at the same time,” she said in a video announcement at Netflix's Tudum event. “I’m gonna work on that.”

We're also expecting to see Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Noah Schnapp as Will, Finn Wolfhard as Mike, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas, Sadie Sink as Max, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin, Priah Ferguson as Erica, Natalia Dyer as Nancy, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan, Maya Hawke as Robin, Joe Keery as Steve, David Harbour as Jim Hopper, and Winona Ryder as Joyce. Whew.

Is Millie Bobby Brown done with Stranger Things?

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in STRANGER THINGS. Image via Netflix.

Millie Bobby Brown is returning as Eleven, but she said in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily that she's looking forward to the next chapter of life. Now 19, she started the series when she was 11 years old. “It’s been such a huge factor in part of my life, but it’s like graduating high school, it’s like senior year,” she says. “You’re ready to go and blossom and flourish and you’re grateful for the time you’ve had, but it’s time to create your own message and live your own life.”

Other members of the cast have also expressed their thoughts on the show's end.

“It’s interesting to constantly just be reminded how much people have resonated with it," Gaten Matarrazzo said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. "It’s something that’s so important to all of us and has just been essential to the growth that I’ve had over all of my teenage years into my 20s. It’s the defining aspect of the past 10 years of my life.”

Even if Finn Wolfhard, isn't quite ready for the show to end, he knows it's time. "If Stranger Things went on any longer than five, I would say it would be ridiculous,” Wolfhard told Uproxx. “I think the Duffer brothers figured out, I would imagine, a perfect ending in five. We didn’t even know if we’d do two. So we’re happy that people still are around and want to watch it.”

Is there a Stranger Things spinoff coming?

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin, and Finn Wolfhard as Mike in STRANGER THINGS. Image via Netflix.

"There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things," the Duffers say in their statement announcing the end of the series. "New mysteries, new adventures new unexpected heroes."

In addition to the Stranger Things: The First Shadowstage play in London, we're also getting a live-action spinoff via Netflix. No one knows what the spinoff is about — except for Finn Wolfhard, who happened to guess it!

I will forever and always be a Steve stan, but let us know who you're most excited to see in Stranger Things 5, in the comments and on Facebook. And check out our TikTok for more fun celeb and pop culture content — like seeing Millie Bobby Brown at the Brooklyn Nets game!

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Eggnog is a classic during the holiday season, but truth be told, I don’t usually like it and I know I’m not alone! The thought of raw eggs doesn’t sound too appetizing to me, which is why I created this amazing, rich eggnog recipe that tastes like crème anglaise. I discovered that by cooking the eggs, it creates a creamy mixture that blends into this amazing texture and tastes like a holiday dessert in a cocktail. So this year, try something different – I promise your guests will LOVE this drink, an exclusive recipe from my book Every Day Celebrations from Scratch, as part of a holiday dessert spread or a nightcap after a dinner party.

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In creating this new method, I discovered a few helpful tips that will ensure you get the perfect texture and consistency for your eggnog. Stirring constantly is very important to prevent the milk from scorching and the eggs from scrambling. Before serving, blending the recipe is the final touch that makes this recipe so creamy and frothy – if you do not have a large blender on hand, an immersion blender works as well too!

Because this wouldn’t be a cocktail without the rum (or bourbon), you can always play with the proportions to your liking – start with a half cup of rum and then add more until you achieve the taste you like. You can also serve the alcohol on the side so guests can add as much as they like. And, if you’re serving this in a punch bowl at your next party, either fold the fresh whipped cream into the mixture for a traditional look or keep it separate and use it as a topping made to order. This would be an adorable station set up for guests to customize their ‘nog!

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Finally, I like to add these elegant sugared rosemary sprigs as a garnish – nothing elevates a cocktail like an elegant garnish, and these couldn’t be easier to make. You could also create a similar garnish using cranberries using the same method. Not only do they bring a bright, aromatic element to the cocktail, they bring an instant holiday look to any cocktail this season.

So for all you skeptics out there, I encourage you to give this recipe a try – it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next holiday gathering or maybe just a cozy night in with friends and family. Cheers to good cheer and this festive season!

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  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Spiced rum, to taste (bourbon works too)
  • Toppings 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Fresh nutmeg
  • Fresh orange zest


  • Whisk the eggs and sugar in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the milk into a saucepan and stir in the nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Whisk the egg mixture into the milk mixture.
  • Heat the mixture over medium heat while stirring constantly.
  • Use a candy thermometer to monitor the mixture’s temperature. When it reaches 165 degrees, remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract.
  • Cool slightly before tasting and add more sugar or spices as desired. Once cooled, pour the mixture into a covered container and refrigerate overnight or until thoroughly chilled.
  • Before serving, blend the mixture for a few seconds until frothy and light. Add the rum (if desired).
  • Make the whipped topping: In a chilled, medium bowl beat the heavy whipping cream with a hand mixer until soft peaks form.
  • Top each cup with whipped topping, nutmeg, and orange zest, and serve.

How To Make The Sugared Rosemary Sprigs

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  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 to 10 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 heaping cup granulated, cane, or sparkling sugar for coating


  • Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium- high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to boil.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add the rosemary sprigs and steep for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the rosemary from the saucepan and place it on a baking rack or parchment paper for about 10 minutes.
  • Place 1 heaping cup of granulated, cane, or sparkling sugar in a small bowl. Add a rosemary sprig, using your fingers or a small spoon to gently roll it in the sugar to coat completely. Place the sprig on a clean baking rack to dry.
  • Repeat with the remaining rosemary sprigs. Allow the sprigs to dry at room temperature for one hour.

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What do you think about this eggnog recipe? Let us know what your favorite holiday drink is in the comments!

Recipe by Maria Provenzano. Craving more seasonal inspiration? Snag her book, Everyday Celebrations From Scratch, for more delicious recipes, and check out favorites like her Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows, DIY Hot Cocoa Bombs, and Cookie Cutter Whipped Cream Melts.

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The best thing about books is there's a story for every kind of reader. Celebrity memoirs let us get to know the stories of people we've never met, while personal growth books inspire and fantasy books let us escape the real world for a place that only exists in our imaginations. Some of the stories that totally transformed who I am as a person and a writer are fantasy books, and these classic and BookTok-approved novels are the perfect winter reads!

Iconic Fantasy Books

The Fellowship Of The Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings totally set the tone for modern fantasy, and the first book in the trilogy follows Frodo Baggins and his friends as they embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, the single most powerful item in Middle-earth. The story is filled with courage, friendship, and good overcoming evil. If you're a classic literature lover, this is an absolute must-read.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobeby C.S. Lewis

This fantasy book is great for kids of all ages (ahem, and adults), and makes for a great read before we get Greta Gerwig's adaptation! Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie are sent to a professor’s house in the country during World War II, but when they find a wardrobe that leads them to the land of Narnia, they realize the war at home isn't the only evil they'll face.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is famous in the Wizarding world, but until his 11th birthday, he didn't even know wizards were real. When he's brought from his aunt and uncle's house to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry will meet his best friends, learn about his destiny, and come face to face with the evil lord out for world domination.

Fantasy Books For Teens

Shadow and Boneby Leigh Bardugo

Instead of taking inspiration from Europe like a lot of fantasy books do, Shadow and Bone takes it from Russia. The result is such a rich, all-consuming world building that this series ended one of my longest reading droughts! Alina Starkov is an orphaned soldier caught up in the fight against the Shadow Fold and its monsters. But when the life of her best friend is threatened, she learns that she's actually a magical Grisha — one the entire world has been waiting for.

Spice Roadby Maiya Ibrahim

Imani is going to be the next Shield of Qalia, protecting the land from its monsters. That is, until her brother disappears after stealing Qalia's spice magic. Now, Imani sets out with handsome Qayn and powerful Taha to find her brother and stop him from giving the magic to the wrong person.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

When Meggie's father read a book called Inkheart aloud, an evil ruler escaped from its pages and swapped places with her mother. Now it's up to Meggie and her dad to find her, and figure out how to keep the evil from taking over their world.

Immortal Longingsby Chloe Gong

Talin hosts a set of games every year in its twin cities, San-Er, promising its victor more money than they've ever seen. And the competitors flock to win. Princess Calla is looking to finish the job that killed her parents, aristocrat Anton is trying to clear his debt and keep the woman he loves alive, and the king's song August is trying to fix Talin's problems. Ready, set, go.

The Jasmine Throne By Tasha Suri

Malini is a princess banished to a decaying magical temple with her maidservant Priya. When Priya is attacked, and Malini sees who she really is, they're bonded for life. This novel is exactly the kind of empowering, revolutionary storytelling we're looking for!

This Woven Kingdom By Tahereh Mafi

Alizeh is the heir to the Jinn throne and she determined to take her rightful place as ruler. But crown prince Kamran is preparing himself to move on against all the prophesies saying he shouldn't be king. This fantasy book, inspired by Persian mythology, has a variety of your favorite tropes: forbidden romance, dual POV, and a forgotten queen.

Legendborn By Tracy Deonn

In this adaptation of the Knights of the Round Table, Bree is left reeling after the death of her mother. At UNC-Chapel Hill, she joins a program for gifted students, and when she comes across the Legendborn, a secret society of magicians, she decides to join their ranks — and hunt the monsters haunting campus.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thiefby Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson didn't steal Zeus' master lightning bolt, even if everyone says he did. Now, leaving the safety of Camp Half-blood, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover have 10 days to find the bolt and return it to avoid a major war on Mount Olympus. Reread this one before Percy Jackson hits Disney+!

Fantasy Books TikTok Loves

A Court of Thorns and Rosesby Sarah J. Maas

After 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, she's brought to a dangerous yet enchanting land she's only ever heard about. It's full of magic, beasts, and faeries that are much more beautiful than she ever realized. But as Feyre falls for the fae and their world, an evil shadow threatens to consume it.

Throne of Glassby Sarah J. Maas

Celaena has come to win her freedom from the king of Adarlan. If she defeats 23 other competitors, she'll swap her prison for a title as the King's Champion. With the help of the Crown Prince Dorian and the Captain of the Guard Chaol, Celaena trains, fights, and learns that there's more danger in the castle than any of them realize.

The Cruel Princeby Holly Black

When Jude was seven, after the death of her parents, she was taken with her sisters to live in the High Court of Faerie. Jude longs for a place at Court, to fit in, but Prince Cardan wants nothing to do with her. But when civil war threatens the Courts, Jude has to accept a dangerous alliance to save everyone and everything she loves.

Fourth Wingby Rebecca Yarros

Violet was always supposed to be a scribe, not a dragon rider. Now, Violet is surrounded by dragons and riders that hate her inside Basgiath War College's walls, training to fight the war outside them. And it'll take every ounce of concentration and skill to make sure she makes it out alive.

The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Addie makes a bargain in 1714 to live forever, and is then forgotten by everyone she meets. Throughout centuries, and across different continents, Addie moves through life alone, until she runs into a man in a bookstore who remembers her name.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare is a Red, a human thief, until she's brought before the Silver court full of superhuman elite. She discovers that despite her blood, she has powers of her own, and gets swept into the world of the palace. Now, she finds herself drawn to two princes who couldn't be more different, and to the secret Scarlet Guard rebellion. She has to watch her back because nothing is certain.

Fantasy Books For Adults

A Game of Thronesby George R.R. Martin

Eddard Stark rules Winterfell in the name of King Robert Baratheon in this acclaimed fantasy book. When the Hand of the King mysteriously dies, Robert brings his family to Winterfell on a journey that ends up changing everything.

The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski

Geralt is a Witcher, an incredible, and magical, fighter. His only quest is to destroy the monsters overrunning the world, but things get complicated when he learns that good and evil isn't as black and white as he expected.

Fairy Taleby Stephen King

Charlie has a lot of scars that no one can see. After the death of his mom, his dad began drinking, and now Charlie has to take care of both of them. When he meets a dog named Radar and her master Howard, Charlie learns that the old man's shed is actually a portal to another world.

Which fantasy books are you dying to get your hands on? Sign up for our Weekend Send newsletter for more amazing book recs — like these 21 Good Morning America Book Club Reads Worth Curling Up In Bed With This Winter!

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Nothing beats having a great hair day, and the right blow dryer can set you up to have one every single day. In a market flooded with options, finding the ideal one for your hair type can be overwhelming. Whether you're aiming for sleek and straight, voluminous curls, or effortless waves, the right hair dryer can make all the difference — no curling iron or flat iron necessary. To help you achieve salon-worthy results from the comfort of home and feel like your most confident self every day, I've rounded up 15 of the best hair dryers available!

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Although a pricer option, the Dyson hair dryer is well worth it. It has intelligent heat control sensors, which limit hair damage and is designed with all hair types in mind.

Shark FlexStyle

This is one of my personal favorite hair dryers because of how incredibly versatile it is. Given how many attachments come with it, it feels like a whole lineup of different tools.

PATTERN Blow Dryer

The PATTERN blow dryer was created with curly girls in mind. It comes with four attachments that help shape, stretch, smooth, and define.

Drybar Buttercup Blow-Dryer

Consider Drybar is known for their expert blow-outs, its no surprise that they have an amazing hair dryer. Its lightweight design and ionic technology make it a stand-out.

Revlon Airflow Control Dryer

The best part of this blow dryer is how fast it can get your hair dry. It has a long and narrow concentrator that increases airflow speed and rotates to let you direct air exactly where you need it.

ghd Helios Professional Hair Dryer

You're going to be obsessed with the contoured nozzle of this hair dryer because it lets you concentrate the temperature and airflow. It also boasts ionic technology that reduces frizz and flyaways.

Conair Double Ceramic Hair Dryer

This hair dryer is one of the most affordable options on the market, but it doesn't sacrifice quality. It has multiple heat settings and a cool shot button that locks hairstyles in place, and it has double ceramic technology that provides more uniform heat and limits damage.

Hot Tools Professional Ceramic Hair Dryer

I love that this hair dryer can add volume, create curls and waves, or create a pin-straight look. It comes with a diffuser attachment and concentrator that makes it a versatile tool.

BaBylissPRO Hair Dryer

The 2000-watt power and lightweight ergonomic handling of this hair dryer lets you have beautiful hair with less hand fatigue.

Parlux Parlux Eco Friendly 3800 Dryer

Just the name of this dryer sounds luxurious! It is built from recyclable materials and is ozone-friendly, giving you peace of mind that you're doing your part to help the earth.

Trezoro Hair Dryer

The wide bowl diffuser that comes with this hair dryer lets you have perfect curls each and every time.

BondiBoost Sonic Hair Blow Dryer

This hair dryer gets it all done four times faster than a normal hair dryer. It is also super quiet, which is definitely an added bonus.

amika Double Agent Straightening Blow Dryer Brush

This two-in-one blow dryer can take your hair from damp to dry and sleek in no time.

T3 Fit Compact Hair Dryer

If you're someone who travels a lot, you're going to be obsessed with this hair dryer. It's 30% smaller than a traditional hair dryer and delivers smooth and shiny results.

Curlsmith Hair Defrizzion Dryer & XXL Diffuser

This dryer comes with an eight-inch diffuser that helps enhance the natural pattern of curls and also reduces heat damage.

Brit+Co has you covered for all your hair care needs, from advice to styling!

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