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A splash of honey makes North Fork Roasting Company’s Bee Sting buzzworthy. (Credit: David Benthal)

When it comes to coffee this time of year, iced is the way to go. Whether it’s a plain old iced coffee, cold brew or something a bit fancier, iced drinks are refreshing, less acidic and, overall, the superior choice when it comes to getting your caffeine fix. No, I am not willing to debate this and yes, I am that person who still has an iced coffee in hand even when temperatures plunge below freezing.

Here’s our summertime guide to iced coffee on the North Fork. Add these to your rotation next time you reach for a cup. 

ICED COFFEE | Black Sheep Bagels, Jamesport

Three words: Coffee. Ice. Cubes. The worst part of an iced coffee is the diluted, watered down tragedy that you’re left with toward the end. You can avoid that with an iced coffee, sourced from Hampton Coffee Co., from this Jamesport deli. (And word on the street is they’re expanding to a new location in Cutchogue this summer!)

ICED LATTE | Aldo’s Coffee Company, Greenport

 Keep things simple and let the house-roasted beans speak for themselves with a classic iced latte from this “100% trend-free” staple that once drove a national brand out of town.

BEE STING | North Fork Roasting Company, Southold

This is one buzzworthy drink, made with espresso, almond milk and honey. A cult-favorite, it’s best sipped outdoors in their colorful outdoor garden. Bonus points: It’s a dog-friendly spot.

SPARKEY | Southold General, Southold

Espresso meets sparkling water, simple syrup and a lemon peel in a cold, bubbly take on a classic Americano. Most specialty iced coffee drinks can be too sugar-sweet but this ice cold drink has rich, dark, bitter notes that make the perfect complement to a sweet pastry.

ICED RED EYE | D’Latte, Greenport

For those days you just need an extra boost, opt for a shot of espresso added to their velvety, classic cold brew.

ICED DIRTY CHAI | Hampton Coffee Company, Aquebogue

Coffee vs. tea: Why choose a team? My go-to coffee order is an iced dirty chai with oat milk. The notes of chai spices and espresso play well together and make for a perfect, slightly sweet pick-me-up.