Our Iced Eiffel is for anyone who wants to try a coffee that boasts monumental flavour. This sweetly spiced drink is perfect for hot days and is based on a trend from one of the world’s coolest cities – it is also a Hervé Cuisine creation.
Hervé Palmieri is an icon among France’s hobby cooks and bakers. He has been posting delicious recipes for starters, main courses and desserts on his blog since 2007, and posts all the recipes he comes up with in his Paris loft on social media. And he has a lot of fans: thousands of followers on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram thank him for his mouth-watering photos and simple how-to videos.
A popular attraction
Hervé’s latest creation, exclusively created for Café Royal, is a Thai iced coffee that is perfect for the summer. Spiced iced coffees are currently extremely popular in France – they are being added to the menus of more and more Parisian coffee shops every day. Those in the know say the best iced coffees in Paris can be found at Coutume and Kozy. Both coffee shops are located near the Eiffel Tower. Anyone who climbs the tower by foot will probably need a little refreshment after 704 steps – and the Iced Eiffel is the perfect choice.
Thai something new
Cardamom and vanilla provide the typical flavour of a Thai iced coffee, so we decided to add them to our Iced Eiffel too. We use whole cardamom pods instead of cardamom powder – that way, it does not lose its flavour. For our version of this drink, the delicious vanilla flavour doesn’t come from vanilla extract or syrup, but from the flavoursome Café Royal Vanilla. Its mild spice combines perfectly with the sweet and spicy flavours of the green cardamom.
But that’s enough talk – it’s time to get down to business. If you like, you can take a look at Hervé’s step-by-step instructions.
Ingredients for an Iced Eiffel (approx. 350 ml):
110 ml Café Royal Vanilla (Lungo)
4 green cardamom pods
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp cream or milk
around 15 minutes
two long-drink glasses, small sieve, milk jug
Iced Eiffel preparation
1) Firstly, in a glass, make a Café Royal Vanilla.
2) Carefully press the cardamom pods between your fingers and add the seeds and pods to the coffee. Leave the coffee and cardamom mixture to cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
3) Add the sugar to the coffee and stir.
4) Fill the second glass with crushed ice and pour the cardamom-flavoured coffee into the glass through the sieve.
5) Slowly pour the cream into the glass just before serving – the swirls created when it mixes with the coffee will make a perfect Instagram photo! Voilà!
And, next time you’re in Paris: just say “Un café glacé, s’il vous plaît” to order an iced coffee in French. But we can’t guarantee that it will taste as good as our Iced Eiffel.