Spicy Maple Iced Coffee

As far as we're concerned, this is the final word in iced coffee. A wholly unappreciated sweetener, maple syrup adds a round complexity to balance the acidic coffee. And that slow burn of chili peppers really gives you a kick in the pants to get your day rolling. Summer has just started, but we're already hoping it never ends.

We love Grady's Cold Brew, a New Orleans-style coffee concentrate. Because it's a concentrate, this recipe calls for equal parts coffee and milk. But if you already have a favorite iced coffee recipe, hold the sweetener and skip down to the part where you add Trees Knees. Or just smuggle a bottle into Starbucks and pour in a little nip. We're not here to judge.

You'll need:

- Plenty of ice

- 1/2 cup Grady's Cold Brew

- 1/2 cup milk (whole, skim, almond, pick your poison)

- 1 tablespoon Trees Knees Spicy Syrup

Fill your cup all the way up with ice. Pour in the coffee and milk and stir to mix. Drizzle in Trees Knees Spicy Syrup. We like to add a tablespoon for a real warming burn of chili, but a teaspoon will still give you a lingering sensation. Stir well and enjoy!

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