AI image of courtside iced caffeinator in a tall glass, with orange slices and basketballs on the table beside it

Iced Courtside Caffeinator

Our Iced Courtside Caffeinator will keep you refreshed and energized through the highs and lows of the Big Dance! It takes heart, skill, persistence, and grit to make it through the tournaments – whether on court or courtside. Let’s get going!

Courtside Iced Caffeinator Recipe


  • Cold Brew Concentrate: The base of our drink, providing a smooth, rich coffee flavor without the acidity. Start with 1 cup.
  • Maple Cinnamon Syrup: Adds a warm, sweet complexity. Mix 2 tablespoons of maple syrup with a quarter teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
  • Coconut Milk: For a creamy texture and a hint of tropical flavor. Use half a cup, or adjust for desired creaminess. (Your favorite dairy or non-dairy sub will work, but you’ll miss the coconut hint.)
  • Vanilla Extract: A dash (about 1/8 teaspoon) to enhance the overall flavor profile.
  • Basketball Ice Cubes: Freeze orange juice in basketball ice molds (Add some plain water basketballs if you like it extra cold, but not too orangey.) We added some orange food coloring for the real basketball color!
  • Whipped Cream: A dollop for garnish, optional.
  • Orange Zest: A sprinkle on top for a zesty aroma and a pop of color.


  1. Prepare the Maple Cinnamon Syrup: In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup and ground cinnamon until well combined. Adjust the cinnamon according to taste.
  2. Mix the Drink: In a large glass, combine the cold brew concentrate, maple cinnamon syrup, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Stir well until all ingredients are fully integrated.
  3. Add the Basketball Ice Cubes: Gently place the orange juice ice spheres into the glass. They’ll start to melt slowly, adding a slight fruity sweetness and an engaging visual aspect to your drink.
  4. Garnish: If desired, top with a light dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of orange zest for an extra touch of flavor and sophistication.
  5. Enjoy: Grip your Iced Courtside Caffeinator tight as you cheer on your favorite team during the NCAA tournaments!

This iced coffee drink celebrates the spirit of the tournaments or watch parties. It’s also great made by the pitcher! The combination of smooth cold brew coffee, sweet and spicy syrup, creamy coconut milk, and the playful touch of basketball ice cubes makes it a perfect companion for the excitement and energy of tournament season. Enjoy the games with this unique iced coffee in hand, and may the best team win!

Next time, more cinnamon
(And less stuff in the background!)

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