Ree Drummond’s secret ingredient for iced coffee is totally unexpected

We don’t mean to brag, but we consider ourselves professionals when it comes to cold brew. Name an iced coffee upgrade, and we’ve probably sipped it: Oat milk, lemonade and a sprinkle of cinnamon are kind of old hat. We’ve seen it all…or so we thought.

But when we sat down with Ree Drummond to talk about her new line of Purina dog treats, we were surprised by her secret ingredient for the most irresistible iced coffee ever. She adds—wait for it—cayenne pepper.

We know, we also thought it sounded crazy at first. But Ree told us it’s a just kicked-up spin on the morning pick-me-up that she serves every day at her Pawhuska, Oklahoma, restaurant, The Pioneer Woman Mercantile. And now that we think about it, the spicy addition makes sense. Coffee has bold and toasty flavor notes to begin with. (That’s why it goes so well with pumpkin spice, right?) A sprinkle of cayenne brings out those notes even more, while adding a little bit of heat. Just don’t add so much cayenne that your mouth is on fire…

Drummond even has a recipe for her caffeinated innovation (it’s called the Spicy Cowgirl, of course) that features not just coffee, but also chocolate syrup and whipped cream. You'll need something sweet to complement all that spice, right? At least that's what we tell ourselves.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Ree Drummond speaks onstage at Hearst Magazines' Unbound Access MagFront at Hearst Tower on October 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hearst)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Ree Drummond attends The Pioneer Woman Magazine Celebration with Ree Drummond at The Mason Jar on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Ree Drummond (L) and Paige Drummond attends The Pioneer Woman Magazine Celebration with Ree Drummond at The Mason Jar on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Ree Drummond attends The Pioneer Woman Magazine Celebration with Ree Drummond at The Mason Jar on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Ree Drummond attends The Pioneer Woman Magazine Celebration with Ree Drummond at The Mason Jar on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond prepares recipes on 'Good Morning America,' 6/20/13, airing on the ABC Television Network on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) SAM CHAMPION, REE DRUMMOND
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Ree Drummond and Natalie Morales appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Ann Marie 'Ree' Drummond attends HGTV's 'Home By Novogratz' Season 2 Premiere Party at Crosby Street Hotel on August 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
THE CHEW - (airs 3.14.12) - Ree Drummond ('The Pioneer Woman') appeared today on 'The Chew,' which airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) REE DRUMMOND, DAPHNE OZ
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Author Ree Drummond attends a signing for her book 'The Pioneer Woman' at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at The Grove on February 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
RIDGEWOOD, NJ - NOVEMBER 17: Ree Drummond promotes the books 'Charlie and The Christmas Kitty' and 'The Pioneer Woman Cooks' at Bookends Bookstore on November 17, 2012 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Ree Drummond, blogger and author of THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl cooks on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 2/25/10 airing on the ABC Television Network. GM10 (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) REE DRUMMOND
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Food blogger Ree Drummond particiates in the 'Food Blogging & Beyond' panel at the LA Times Celebration of Food & Wine at Paramount Studio on September 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for LA Times)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Ree Drummond, blogger and author of THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl cooks on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 2/25/10 airing on the ABC Television Network. GM10 (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) JUJU CHANG, REE DRUMMOND, ROBIN ROBERTS
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