Iced Einspänner

Iced Einspänner

Einspänner, in German, is either a one-horse carriage or a hot espresso topped with cool whipped cream. The temperature contrast in the Viennese coffeehouse classic is a delight, to be sure, but this iced variation tastes refreshing in warm weather. It’s sweet, bitter and a little savory all at once, like a tiramisù in beverage form. The salted, sugared cream should float atop the cold coffee without collapsing into it, creating two distinct layers: one dark and weighty like a horseshoe, and the other light as a feather.
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  • Serves: 2 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a small bowl, whisk together the cream, sugar and salt until thickened and airy but far before peaks form. It should be decidedly thinner than whipped cream and have the consistency of melted ice cream: silky, light and pourable.
  2. Step 2

    Assemble the drinks: Divide the ice and coffee between two (12-ounce) tumbler glasses. Pour the cream into each glass and, through a fine-mesh sieve or with your fingertips, lightly dust with cocoa powder.