The weather is hot and nothing hits the spot like this cashew and date iced latte. I soak raw cashews and medjool dates before blending them into a creamy non-dairy beverage. Then I combine a shot of espresso with the dates-sweetened cashew milk and serve it over ice. This refreshing summer beverage is cool and energizing; the perfect drink for a hot summer day.
I spent most of my life in Northern California. My parents moved to the Bay Area from Germany when I was 6 years old and it’s the only home I’ve ever known. Moving to the East Coast in February was a big transition, especially as it pertained to weather. Northern Californians enjoy 300+ days of sunshine and some of the most beautiful, temperate climate year round. Not to sound ungrateful, but this was one of the things I was hoping to shake up when we moved.
So far I’ve experienced a snowy winter, a brisk and beautiful spring, and a hot and muggy summer. I might regret saying this in a few years but as a weather newbie, I’ve loved every second!
Experiencing four true seasons after a lifetime of mild climate is extremely interesting. There is a palpable cadence to life and cooking with the seasons is so much fun. Nothing hits the spot like hot stew on a cold February day or an ice cold beverage (ie. this cashew and date iced latte) on a humid July afternoon. I look forward to visiting my family in California and enjoying the predictable, sunny weather. In the meantime, I’ll be sipping my iced latte and enjoying the humidity. To the mid-summer thunderstorms I say: ‘bring it on’!
Whether it’s muggy or dry where you are, I hope you enjoy this delicious coffee delight as much as we do!
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Don’t have an espresso machine? No problem! Just make the cashew milk and serve it with your favorite iced coffee.Print