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Get your supply of iced caffeine this summer

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Summer is iced coffee season — and Brooklyn baristas are buzzing about creative spins on the classic chilled brew.

Java joints are using bold spices, new steeping techniques, and even a splash of booze to entice caffeine junkies — and it’s working!

Behold our picks for the most refreshing, unique and guzzle-worthy Joe-on-the-rocks drinks this side of Seattle:

Crop to Cup

This farm-to-coffee-table shop is channeling its inner beer buff by using home brewing tools to cold-steep fair-trade African beans.

Baristas allow the elixir to steep for 14 hours in a fine mesh bag to bring out its sweet and chocolaty notes.

“You get a heavier body with nice bright flavors,” says owner Taylor Moork. “It’s really refreshing.”

[541 Third Ave. at 13th Street in Gowanus, (917) 531-8754]. Small, $2.75; large, $3.65.

Toby’s Estate

This ice tea-inspired thirst-quencher may taste like Earl Gray — but it’s blacker, bolder, and not fit for your grandmother.

The citrus-forward caffeine potion is double-brewed with beans from Kenya and Ethiopia, then poured over frosty cubes. “There’s a natural sweetness that translates well to a cold drink,” says roaster Deaton Pigot.

[125 N. Sixth St. near Berry Street in Williamsburg, (347) 457-6160]. $3.75.

Tea Lounge

Espresso shots will perk you up — but the boozy kind will give you a bigger buzz. That’s the idea behind Tea Lounge’s “Canadian Coffee,” a traditional cold cup with a dollop of maple syrup and shot of Maker’s Mark whiskey.

The writer-centric coffee house by day, bar by night double-brews the rich and frosty drink, which would earn the Earnest Hemmingway seal of approval.

[837 Union St. near Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 789-2762]. $9.

Blue Bottle Coffee

Bored by your standard iced coffee?

Try spicing up your morning, literally, at Blue Bottle.

The Williamsburg shop’s New Orleans-style iced coffee is made with roasted chicory, coarsely ground beans, and simple syrup.

The perpetually packed pour-over palace serves the beverage chilled with cream for a complex, dark, and buttery finish that coffee junkies call heaven in a cup.

[160 Berry St. at N. Fifth Street in Williamsburg, (718) 387-4160]. $4.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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Reader Feedback

mmkl from park slope says:
Barista Dan Schafer is one hot man.
May 25, 2012, 8 am
Mickey Shea from Greenpoint says:
But do they use cruelty-free ice cubes?
May 25, 2012, 11:21 am
BunnynSunny from Clinton Hill says:
Water is always your best bet for staying hydrated. Not only is water caffeine-free, but it is also calorie-free.
May 25, 2012, 2:43 pm
Gina from Park Slope says:
This is All very nice - but is there any place that makes iced coffee for lesbians?
I like to cool off after a hot finger bang...,
May 28, 2012, 6:37 pm
Jerry from Grand Army Plaza says:
Well, you can call me old fashioned, but I love my coffee maker. I use it every day and it has never let me down. The problem here is that in this situation, the consumer is the constant guinea pig. Who do these coffee peddlers think they are? They are taking good coffee and putting condiments that have not been approved into it just out of boredom and so that they can raise the price in the holy name of "gourmet" and most likely getting people sick. I know first (or 2nd I should say) hand as my cousin was a victim of this. Did he report the crime? No, he did not. Was that noble of him? I'll let you decide. These "shops" need to close down.
May 29, 2012, 4:30 pm
That 70's Brooklyn from Real Brooklyn says:
Th only way this story could be more hipsteriffic is if it had a f**cking bike lane running through it.
May 29, 2012, 10:09 pm
That 70's Brooklyn from Real Brooklyn says:
Th only way this story could be more hipsteriffic is if it had a f**cking bike lane running through it.
May 29, 2012, 10:09 pm
That 70's Brooklyn from Real Brooklyn says:
Th only way this story could be more hipsteriffic is if it had a f**cking bike lane running through it.
May 29, 2012, 10:09 pm
Old time brooklyn from Slope says:
he makes coffee 0- let's ge some perspective - glorified egg creams - try making money or something a poor family could use
June 5, 2012, 11:37 pm

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