Cardamom and cloves season the coffee used in this drink. It's mixed with ice cream to create a frothy cooler that's great for summer parties.
Place cardamom pods or cinnamon sticks and whole cloves in a small resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Use the flat side of a meat mallet or the bottom of a heavy skillet to break the spices into small pieces. In a medium saucepan, combine the crushed spices and water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Add the finely ground coffee. Bring back boiling; remove from heat. Cover; steep for 3 minutes at room temperature.
Set a very fine mesh wire sieve over a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Strain the mixture through the sieve; discard the grounds and spices. Thoroughly rinse the sieve under running water. Set the sieve over another 2-cup glass measuring cup. Strain the mixture again; discard the grounds. Cool to room temperature. Cover; chill for 4 to 24 hours. Stir before using.
In a blender or food processor, combine half of the ice cream and half of the spiced coffee. Cover and blend or process until almost smooth. Pour into chilled, tall milkshake-style glasses. Repeat with remaining ice cream and spiced coffee.
To serve, garnish each serving with a dollop of whipped cream, a chocolate-covered espresso bean, some milk chocolate curls and/or a sprinkle of unsweetened cocoa powder. Makes 4 (10-ounce) servings.
Prepare as above except add 2 to 4 tablespoons bourbon, 2 to 4 tablespoons rum and 2 to 4 tablespoons crème be cacao or coffee liqueur to the spiced coffee after chilling.