Coffee as spice? Heck yeah, caffeine lovers. Coffee’s dark, acidic tones pair awesomely with meats like duck, beef, and lamb. Don’t plan on finishing that morning coffee? Marinate a hunk of steak in it for a tastier dinner later on, or rub dry coffee grounds on the meat before grilling.Not ameat eater? Pour extra coffee into an ice-cube maker for a quick frozen pick-me-up any time of the day.

Takeaway: Coffee isn’t just for sipping. Use it as a rub, a marinade, or energy-boosting popsicle base.

Do It Today: Simmer1 cup of coffee, 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar, a pinch of salt, and 1 tablespoon lemon zest in a saucepan make for a mean reduction. Try it tonight — and let us know how you like it!

Ice, Ice Babe

How to make the perfect iced coffee.

Coffee Not Your Thing?

Consider green tea — your cells will thank you.