Summer season has its perks. Tank tops everyday of the week, bonfires under the moonlight, 15 hours of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel—but one of the coolest is the iced coffee. Mom-and-pop shops across Long Island have a host of frozen favorites to thrust you over the workday hump and give you a second wind on a scorching beach day. As the summer heat peaks, brew your way to a cooler day at five must-hit Long Island coffeehouses.
Hampton Coffee Company, Water Mill
Summertime serves as a reminder of what makes the great outdoors so special: fresh air, pristine waters and brilliant sunlight. This isn’t lost on Hampton Coffee Company. As an ecofriendly café, they use solar panels, Energy Star equipment, recycled paper products and even green beans. Grown at a slow pace in a higher altitude, the 100% Arabica Beans produce more flavorful and aromatic coffees that frequenters love black or with a splash of milk. Try one of the brews that have been steeped for 24 hours without heat for a smooth and rich iced coffee experience. Go.
Milk and Sugar Café, Bay Shore
Upscale yet comfortable—this café’s Victorian style décor is just as rich as their iced coffee flavors. Think banana chocolate and marshmallow or hazelnut peanut butter and vanilla for the ultimate pick-me-up. Pro tip: make sure to say yes to the whipped cream. Go.
Babylon Bean, Babylon
Coffee connoisseurs, welcome to your home away from home. Fresh roasted coffees from all over the globe, live music and open mic nights make this laid-back hideaway the perfect blend of modern and vintage. All flavors on the menu can be made into cold drinks, including the Chocolate Mudslide made with Irish creme that serves as a delicious substitute for ice cream cake. Go.
Caffé Portofino, Northport
A hidden gem in the heart of Northport, this trendy café hosts poetry readings and small book signings while serving up some frosty seasonal favorites. Sip Hawaiian hazelnut, bourbon pecan and French vanilla before the autumn wind nips your nose. Go.
Crazy Beans, Miller Place/Stony Brook
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Crazy Beans is a neighborhood landmark that transports guests back to the 1950’s with cozy red leather retro booths and eclectic plates and mugs. Celebrate the holidays in July with flavors like spiced brown sugar, toasted marshmallow or apple pie—it’s never too early, especially when you add a few ice cubes. Go.