Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Iced Coffee All Around...

My favorite conference food is um...not a food at all. It's coffee, because I usually don't get much sleep and I so need the caffeine. But seeing as how it's so hot right now, iced coffee is definitely the drink of the day. Our lovely cover model gorgeous waiters are strolling through the room with silver trays of iced coffees right now.

While you're sipping the yummy beverage, want to celebrate with me? I just got word that my Berkley editor *loves* my werewolf hisotrical and approved it for payment. Now *that* makes me happy. :)

And for those of you who want to enjoy this little treat at home, my favorite iced coffee recipe is uber simple:

Brew coffee and chill overnight in the fridge. Add 1 part flavored nondairy liquid creamers to 3 parts brewed and chilled coffee. It's super decadent and if you get the nonfat creamers...not at all fattening. You can brew the coffee a little strong and then pour directly over a pitcher of ice for instant gratification as well.

Want to share one of your favorite simple recipes?



Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the werewolf historical!!!! That's wonderful news :)

(Bonnie happily sips her iced coffee and adds a cyber naco dip to the festivities)

ShelMel said...

Congratulations Lucy!! That's awesome news!!!!!!!

I wish I drank coffee, but *gasp* I don't. Your drink looks yummy, but I just can't get past it being coffee.

Anonymous said...

That should be nacho lol ;)

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Congratulations, Lucy. Awesome, I do love a good werewolf story. And that coffee looks absolutely yummy. I'm going to have to copy down that recipe. :-)


Ashleigh Raine Jen said...

I just got back from Starbucks with my favorite--an iced venti white chocolate mocha. Yum! It's supposed to reach 115 degrees in my little patch of desert today, so I'm doing everything possible to keep cool!

I'm saving your iced coffee recipe, Lucy. Easy and good!

the Jen half of the Ashleigh Raine writing team

Cherie Japp said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have one for a refreshing coconut drink. In a blender add one 15 oz. can of cream of coconut and 3 cans of water. Mix well and serve in glasses with crushed ice in them. Another variation is to add the ice with the other ingredients and blend it all together. Enjoy the recipe and try to stay cool.

Lisa F. said...

Iced Coffee? Not for me, but I'll take a tall glass of sweet tea. Yummy!!!

Veronica said...

Awesome news, Congrats Lucy.

That recipe looks and sounds delicious. It will definitly work for me since it is so hot here in Texas and hot coffee just doesn't even sound good.

Jennifer Y. said...

I am not a coffee person, but that looks good. Maybe I could have an iced hot (not really hot I guess) chocolate instead. I can't cook so no recipes really. I can use a microwave real well though...LOL.

Jennifer Y. said...

Oh and congrats on the Werewolf book Lucy! Can't wait to read it!

catslady said...

Oh I survive on coffee. I grind my own beans and have it morning, noon and night lol. Your recipe sounds like a great idea. I've only bought iced coffee and never thought of making it myself. I've been known to reheat yesterday's coffee but this sounds much better.

congrats on your werewolf historical.

Rachael said...

I love cold iced drinks. I tried that smoothie from Dunkin Donuts and it was so gross. It was the Strawberry and Banana one. Not good.

I love cold coffee drinks, from Dunkin.

Congrats on the werewolf story!!! :)

Darla said...

Great News! Congrats!

I can't handle coffee unless its hot, so I drink whats called a Mocha Icer. My husb had a heart attack 2 years ago (he's doing fine now) and at the hospital they had a stand that sold all kinds of coffee drinks. My two sons were hyped up on choc covered coffee beans and these Mocha Icers...I love the drink but stay away from the beans. Its a good thing the hospital is over 50 miles away, is all I can say!

blueberri said...

Wild wave to Lucy! This party is a great idea! I'm not going to the RWA conference but wish I were.

My favorite drink is hot chocolate with chunks of assorted candy bars melted in. YUM!

Congrats on your werewolf book! You sure can write for different lines!

Cherie Japp said...

I was so busy writing down the recipe that I forgot to offer you congratulations on your werewolf historical. I love a good paranormal story.

bamabelle said...

Congratulations Lucy!! Keep us posted. I really want to read this one!

The Iced coffee sounds yummy too!

readingissomuchfun said...

Congradulations Lucy. That is wonderful news :-) I don't drink coffee. I will be glad to share a recipe but it's not a coffee one. But I think people will enjoy this one as much as I did :-)

Pina Colada Smoothie Recipe
Ready in 30 minutes
Serves/Makes: 4
1 (14 ounce) can crushed pineapple , with juice, chilled
1/2 teaspoon coconut flavoring
2 tablespoons skim milk powder
1 cup non fat vanilla yogurt
6 ice cubes

Place first 4 ingredients in blender. Process on high, adding ice cubes, 1 at a time, through the lid. As mixture becomes thick, use pulsing motion, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth.


Chantal said...

My recipe..
1) Go to Tim Hortons
2) Ask for one medium iced cap
3) Pay for it
4) Drink it.
Mmmm, Mmmm good lol!

WTG!!!! I'm excited about the werewolf historical too.

Cryna said...

Congratulations Lucy, that is the greatest news !!!!!

I love your recipe for coffee and am going to try it out. I am a HUGE coffee drinker, but when it gets so hot out I find that the coffee hot sometimes just does not cool one down.

I can drink a 12 cup perk all by myself when I am around the house here, so you can see I mean it when I say I am a coffee hound......LOL

Maureen said...


My favorite drink on a hot summer day is iced tea.

Dannyfiredragon said...

Woohoo that are terrific news, Lucy! I just love Werewolf stories.

I am not so much a coffee drinker. It's rare thing that I drink a Caramel Latte Machiatto and if so with lots of Caramel and Milk in it.

Lois said...

Oh, my idea of simple recipes and cooking is if it can be done in the microwave, then I'll do it. LOL :) And yeah, I should add the toaster oven as well. :)


Amy said...

The drink looks great but unfortunally I am not a coffee drinker

Debbie E said...

It looks fancy and great Lucy but no coffee for me. How about a nice glass of ice cold diet Pepsi. Now that is great!

Debbie E said...

Oh and I forgot to mention:

Congrats on the werewolf! You really should celebrate!


Lis said...

Congrats Lucy!

Not a coffee drinker either -- wow, didn't know there were so many others like me lol But my favorite cold drink recipe is put can of coke in freezer for twenty minutes, remove, pop top and enjoy *g*

Brandy said...

Oooh, even better, blend it in the blender and add a little extra creamer. Pout into tall glass and treat yourself to some whipped cream on top! YUM.

Brandy said...

Forgot to say Congratulations and this is the ONLY way I drink coffee, my favorite beverage is Diet Dr. Pepper!

Catherine Spangler said...

Hey Lucy, congrats on the next Berkley project! I do love those werewolves, so this will be a definite buy.

I am absolutely a coffee drinker--couldn't survive without it. Even though I'm from the south, where iced tea is the gold standard, I've got to have my coffee :-) I'll be trying your iced recipe. Thanks for sharing.

~ Catherine

Jennifer L. said...

Way to go Lucy! I believe coffee is my very own legalized liquid crack and can't go without it. I will most defnitely try your recipe.

Julie in Ohio said...

I'm a hot coffee drinker myself. I like a nice Mocha Latte with lots of whipped cream.

I have had a frappecino which was yummy, but I prefer a hot coffee. :o)

robynl said...

I love the Starbucks Mocha Frappachino's, iced.

Kate Davies said...

Ooh, I think a tall one of those might convince me to actually drink coffee!

Fave simple recipe -- my DH and I are hooked on bruschetta these days. Chop up three or four tomatoes, add chopped fresh basil (I usually use about six or eight leaves), a half-teaspoon of garlic, and let marinate in the fridge for a while. (As long as you can stand to let it sit!)

Then slice up a loaf of french bread or baguette, stick under the broiler until nicely browned, and remove to plate. Scoop tomato-basil mix onto bread.

Eat. Repeat until gone.

It's also great with ham and sliced mozarella, for a light lunch.

Mmm...getting hungry!

Michele said...

Wow, what awesome news to come while there's a party going on.
Tremendous happenings today.

**high five**

I never knew there was a "recipe" for iced coffee. I thought you just brewed it, threw in some ice and sugar and that was that.

I am SO paleolithic sometimes!

Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

Hip-hip-hooray! Congratulations, Lucy :-)
To celebrate, try this coffee recipe:
Cafe Mocha Mudslide

*1 cup Cafe Mocha Flavor Nestle Carnation Coffee-Mate Liquid Coffee Creamer
*1 teaspoon Pure Instant Coffee
*4 large scoops vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream
*2 cups ice cubes

Direction: PLACE Coffee-mate and Taster's Choice in blender; cover. Blend until coffee is dissolved. Add frozen yogurt and ice; blend until smooth.

Hope you enjoy :-)

catslady said...

I love the flavored coffees and lattes etc. but I consider them deserts. I totally admit I'm a coffee snob. Anything other than black means you don't really like coffee roflmao.

Jenn said...

Congratulations on the werewolf book Lucy! I would love a nice iced coffee right about now. It's mid afternoon and I am in need of a pick me up to get me to the end of the day.

Judy F said...

congrats Lucy. YOu rock.
I will have to pass on the coffee drink, don't do coffee.

Jen in WA said...

I'm not a coffee drinker (in fact I don't like hot drinks in general). But, I'll share my favorite summer drink...

Strawberry Lemonade Slushie
(blender needed)
1/2 c. of frozen lemonade concentrate
1 1/2 c. cold water (add more if you don't like sour lemonade)
handfull of ice cubes
about a cup of frozen strawberries

Blend until strawberries and ice are broken up. Then enjoy!

Sara A. said...

Congrats, Lucy! Oh and I recently finished reading And Able and whoohoo! It was very good! Some of those scenes were scorching. Thanks!

Oh that coffee looks so good! It's one of my favorite drinks. Starbucks is my best friend. Expensive but worth it!

Cherie said...

congrat on your werewolf historical.
I want coffee aww the good ol' days I was 20 the last time I had so five years now.
I can't have coffee any more due to my inflamed bladder really can't have anything anymore any one a plain potato? lol the joys of the Interstitial Cystitis diet.

~Cherie K~

Amy S. said...

Congrats Lucy! That coffee recipe looks really good. I'll have to try that some time. My favorite drink is hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Cherie said...

OK I really need to proofread my posts better.
I just woke up if that makes a difference.

~Cherie K~

Kelley said...

Congrats, Lucy!!! That is great news.

I loved iced coffee. That is pretty much the only kind of coffee I drink.

Barb V. said...

Congrats on the werewolf historical. I'll definitely be adding this to my TBB list.

I just saw an easy recipe for Watermelon Lemonade that I plan to try:
7 cups of seedless watermelon cubes
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup Splend granular, or
24 Splenda packets
Process watermelon cubes in a food processor until smooth. Press mixture through a sieve into a pitcher. You should have about 3 cups of watermelon juice. Add the lemon juice and Splenda. Stir until Splenda disolves. Serve over ice.

JENNA said...

I LOVE iced coffee. You can even get the sugar free creamers, and have fewer calories. No creamers? (gasp!) Steal the kids chocolate milk. It works great. And I highly reccomend the Coconut Cream by Coffeemate!

When I am in my anti-fake sugar moods, I blend ice, milk, a banana, cocoa powder and instand coffee...so choice!

Kristen said...

Yum...iced mocha lattes! I don't drink any other kind of coffee...but I love my iced mocha lattes from Dunkin Donuts. :0)

Heather Harper said...

I love iced coffee. I just made my first pot last weekend.

But I cheat. I drink decaf.

Congrats on your werewolf historical!!! I love paranormals.

AmberPackard said...

I don't drink coffee,
I love what's called a Pink Lady its made of equal parts Sprite and orange juice , 3 teaspoons of Cherry juice, lemon juice to taste.

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe! I make hot chocolate with Hershey's coco powder, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and salt and man does it taste delic. lol

Jodi said...

Congrats on the werewolf historical!
I'll pass on the coffee. I've never liked the taste nor the smell!
I'll take an iced tea.

lidia said...


Easy recipe with cucumbers (peeled, unpeeled or partially peeled). Wash and slice thin. Mix in bowl with thinly sliced red onion (cut the onion in half and slice -- half rounds). Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and white balsamic vinegar. Season with salt, pepper and chopped dill.

amelia said...

I love the iced caramel machiatto from Starbucks.

When I make fruit smoothies at home I use frozen fruit rather than ice.

Meljprincess said...

Congrats, Lucy! A werewolf historical. Very cool. I can't wait to hear more about it. I love historical novels and with a wolfie thrown in? Brill!
Thanks for the cool drink recipes folks. It's so hot and I just might have to try one.

Lucy Monroe said...

Thanks, everyone, for the congrats! I'm pretty happy. :)

I started off replying to all your posts and realized this was going to get so long no one would read it. LOL

But love the nachos - YUM - the recipes and totally understand that not everyone shares my coffee addiction. (Though I'm a huge fan of tea too.) I just like beverages, though I don't drink the alcoholic ones. I usually order at least two types of beverage when we eat out. LOL

So, um...you all KNOW I'll be trying the beverage recipes soon...not to mention the food one.

Thanks, Sara, for your super nice comment on AND ABLE. Scorching love scenes, moi??? LOL

KimW said...

Woohoo! Congratulations to you on the book!

I can't really think of any recipes I make myself. My favorite drink is Strawberry Daqueri made with rum and one of those bucket mixes.

Jennifer L. said...

One of my favorite summer drinks are MOJITOS(mow-hee-toes)

3 fresh mint sprigs
2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz light rum
club soda

In a tall thin glass, crush part of the mint with a fork to coat the inside. Add the sugar and lime juice and stir thoroughly. Top with ice. Add rum and mix. Top off with *chilled* club soda (or seltzer). Add a llime slice and the remaining mint, and serve.

Tee said...

Way to go Lucy! So now I must keep my word and read it. You know I am not into werewolfs but for you I will try. As for iced coffee, I will have to pass. I would rather have tea, but thank you anyway. Congrats!

Joyce said...

I love the aroma of coffee brewing but I don't like to drink it. I got hooked on sweet tea when I went to see my brother in Tenn.

Cathie said...

Cool on the werewolf Historical!! Can't wait!! I've drank a few iced coffee and some I like, some I don't. So I'm picky with coffee. This is a Banana Colada Smoothie (and can make with splenda for those who can't have sugar).
Banana Colada Smoothie
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1 small ripe banana, sliced
3 tablespoons SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granular
1/2 cup reduced-fat coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pamk said...

whoohoo congrats on the werewolf historical. love the shifters lol. And my dring of choice is diet dr pepper

Juliet said...

Great news about the werewolf historical, Lucy!

all that drinks look delicious. I have to start copying and pasting to save them :o)

I love a mokachino milkshake at a local place. They put 2 servings of coffee ice cream + i cup of milk + 1 serving of chocolate cyrup in the blender and the combination is delicious!

Danielle said...


Your iced coffee sounds delicious. My hubby right now is on an iced coffee kick.

This recipe came just in time.

Laurie D. said...

Congratulations, Lucy!! My daughter drinks iced coffee every day. I'm not a coffee drinker, but occasionally will have an iced capp. in the summer.

Barbara-PF said...

I love iced coffee. have one every morning thru the week from Starbucks...usually a peppermint latte.

Niny said...

Congratulations Lucy!! Great news!!
This is another one that will go to my keeper shelf! Thaks for sharing the recipe, sounds delish! I'm trying it this weekend. I love frozen margaritas but since my hubby cant drink, I make them non-alcoholic. Its simple, really, buy a bucket of margarita mix and add a bottle of Ginger Ale to it and its ready! Tastes great! Another thing I enjoy is shakes. I make one that is made with un-cooked oatmeal (that is the only way I can have it) 1/2 cup oatmeal, 2 cups of Vanilla flavored Soy Milk, pinch of Nutmeg and cinnamon and sugar to taste. Its healthy and delicious. Thanks for the party!

Lucy Monroe said...

You all are so darn nice! Thanks! And I'm *still* totally loving the recipes.

Pam P. said...

Congrats Lucy - love reading about werewolves!

I love Dunkin' Donuts coffee, next time I'll buy an extra and chill it overnight and try adding the creamer. That coconut recipe sounds good, too.

KarenG said...

This is very good on a hot day.
Orange Snowman

1 6oz can frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 c milk
1/2 c water
1/2 c sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
12 ice cubes

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.

Congratulations on the werewolf historical!

Kathleen said...

Congrats Lucy! Those drinks look really really yummy!!!!

readingissomuchfun said...

Another smoothie recipe Very Delicious :)
Banana-Mango Smoothie

Makes 4 (8-ounce) servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 1 hour

3 medium bananas (about 1 lb.)
2 mangoes
1/4 cup apple juice or unsweetened coconut milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup ice cubes

1. Chill the bananas and mangoes in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Peel and slice bananas and mangoes; place in a blender container. Add apple juice or coconut milk and honey. Cover and blend until smooth. With blender running, add ice cubes, one at a time, through opening in lid. Blend until smooth.
Makes 4 (8-ounce) servings.


Jennifer Y. said...

I'd hate to see the mess you have to clean up after our "party" Lucy! LOL

Marcail said...

I love smoothies- 1 cup frozen fruit to one cup yogurt. Add a little milk to get the consistency you like.

Heather said...

Can I get the ice without the coffee, please? Never have been able to drink it.

Major congrats on the werewolf historical. I love werewolf books, but have yet to see one in a historical. Nice to see something a bit different!

catslady said...

All these drink recipes sound wonderful. I am also definitely going to try those cucumbers Lidia.

mammakim said...

Congrats on your werewolf historical!

We just did this recipe for the kids for a project at the end of school.

1 can frozen lemonade
1 can frozen grape juice
2 20oz ginger ale

It was actually not bad... LOL

JENNA said...

That strawberry lemonade slush is a keeper! Thanks jeninwa!

Mark St. Claire said...

Congratulations Lucy. Can't wait until it comes out. Yay. And I don't know what else to say, besides I don't really have a recipe to share. LOL.

Michelle B said...

Congrats on the werewolf historical, Lucy!

My favorite simple recipe is for One Bowl Macaroons:

2-2/3 cups flake Coconut
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla

HEAT oven to 350°F.

MIX coconut, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls about 1-inch apart onto well-greased baking sheets. Press down ends of coconut with back of spoon.

BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from baking sheets. Cool completely on wire racks.

readingissomuchfun said...

WoW do we know how to party YaY!!! So many wonderful ideas on drinks and recipes :)

Congradulations again Lucy. Happy Writing More books to be added to my Must Buy List :):)


Silvia Violet said...

I love iced coffee!! I really love coffee in any form. LOL! One of my other favorite cool drinks is an almond smoothie:

Orange Almond Smoothie

1 cup orange juice
1 cup frozen peaches
1 frozen banana, chunked
2 Tbs slivered toasted almonds

Add juice to electric blender, then add remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth. To toast almonds, spread in an ungreased baking pan. Place in 350 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until almonds are light brown; stir once or twice to ensure even browning. Note that almonds will continue to brown slightly after removing from oven.


Rita R. said...

congratulations Lucy!!

My daughter loves coffee so we try alot of recipes. Here is one that is great for "frozen" coffee...

3 to 4 scoops of ice cream(vanilla, chocolate or coffee)
1/8 cup instant coffee(decaf or reg)
2 teas. cocoa powder
1/2 cup semi sweet choc chips
1 to 2 cups of milk(depending on thickness you want)
2 cups of ice

put all ingredients into blender and blend to desired thickness.

MarilynS said...

Banana-Berry Smoothie

Prep: 5 min. Freeze leftover fruit to use in shakes, smoothies, or any blended treat.

1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
3 cups frozen strawberries
2 bananas, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup crushed ice
1/4 cup honey

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

Yield: Makes about 5 cups (serving size: 1 cup)

MarilynS said...

Before I forget as well, wonderful news about your book!