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A nice, tall glass of iced coffee is one of the best ways to stay cool over the summer, but we bet you’re probably tired of the same old way you’ve been making or ordering the drink. This is why we recently tapped none other than Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio to share with us how she puts her own spin on the popular beverage.
“Brazilians love coffee, and I make a fresh cup with my Nespresso machine every morning,” she tells House Beautiful. “My new favorite features flavors close to my roots. It has lime and mint notes, and there’s also a coconut version. I put the coffee all over ice.”
Nespresso also suggests adding simple syrup or brown sugar for sweetness and your choice of milk to round it all out—find the exact recipes here. To continue the convo, Ambrosio also reveals how she switches up her home decor during summer, the essentials she stocks up on as a mom of two, and her must-stay hotel when she’s due for a getaway. Get ready to take all the notes and shop, especially as we hit the home stretch for this season’s Amazon Prime Day 2022.
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Espresso Machine by De’Longhi
“When I wake up, I go straight to my Nespresso because I love coffee,” she confesses. “Being from Brazil, I love the taste of coffee and I grew up with the smell of it every morning.”
Lucky for you, Ambrosio’s go-to machine is on sale and has been marked down by 35% off for a limited time. Place an order before prices go back up!
Brew & Enjoy Coffee Mugs
Good summer vibes are what inspired Ambrosio’s latest coffee mug collab with Nespresso. “Feel good, enjoy yourself, and take time to breathe is what I want to remind people to do,” she says. Add a set to your kitchen and let the great times roll each morning.
You likely haven’t thought of adding lime to your iced cup of joe, but this Ambrosio-approved recipe—which you can find at the bottom of the page—won’t let you down.
Tropical Coconut Flavor Over Ice
Up next? Consider coconut-flavored iced coffee and if you’re lactose intolerant (like me), pair it with a splash of coconut milk. Mix up the start of your day with this spot-on combo!
Contemporary Ivory Area Rug
When it comes to her place, lighter hues like the rug here are what Ambrosio is all about during the warmer months. “Keep everything more light for the summer,” she recommends. “In the winter, I’ll have more cashmere in my bedroom and darker sheets. Rugs are darker, but in the summer I try to bring in lighter colors and keep it more refreshing.”
Giant Inflatable Flamingo Pool Float
Of course, another summer staple she and her kids can’t live without is pool floats. “I love the ones that look like flamingoes and ducks, there are so many different ones every summer,” she explains. “People come out with new ones, there are some inspired by tropicals and tie-dyes so it really just depends. For my kids, the bigger, the better for them. I’ve bought boat ones and cabanas, they love playing with floaties.”
Ambrosio’s also always on the go and a travel mug allows her to have her caffeine fix at all times. “I just take it everywhere with me like when I go to work,” she mentions. “When I take my kids to school and during my workouts, too. In Brazil, we love coffee time instead of tea time with cakes in the middle of the afternoon.”
Portable Charcoal BBQ Grill
Once it’s time to bring her family and friends together, a grill is a must for the star. “It’s so I can have a Brazilian BBQ,” according to Ambrosio. “I think that’s a must and I love lighting candles outdoors when we’re grilling.”
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Finally, another summer must that made it on her list is a reservation at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives. “It’s insanely gorgeous, it’s like paradise,” she reveals. “The hotel is on an island. When I’m in California, I also love going to the Montage in Cabo. It’s a quick trip from the West Coast and I’ve been there with friends and the whole family, so it’s my go-to place when I’m in LA.”
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