I posted an iced coffee recipe about two years ago and wanted to update it with the little changes I have made since.
I love iced coffee during the summer and this saves me about $4 a pop because I can skip that Starbucks drive thru. This is really easy to whip up at home to suit your tastes exactly. I like to make about 2 weeks worth of coffee at a time but the quantity will really depend on how strong you like your coffee.
Here is the simple recipe:
Add 1 Cup Strong Coffee to a large bowl or container (I like Cafe Bustelo coffee but use the brand you like best). This is just dry ground coffee straight from the bag.
And Add 6 cups of water (add 5 cups if you like VERY strong coffee or 8 cups water if you prefer a lighter coffee)
Combine and cover the container and let sit at least 8 hours (overnight is best).
Once you remove the cover it is important to strain out the grounds. Use a mesh strainer with cheesecloth or a coffee filter inside and pour the bowl of coffee over that and into your pitcher.
Here is how I do it- just a bit of cheesecloth over the mouth of my pitcher. (Coffee filters work just as well and are less expensive.)
You will have a lot of sludge leftover in your bowl and a pitcher of gorgeous cold brewed coffee.
Mix with half and half, condensed milk, coconut milk and a tiny bit of brown sugar or I like it with just milk and a little squirt of chocolate syrup.
Here is how I strain the coffee- if you have a pitcher with a wider mouth it is easier to line a mesh strainer with a coffee filter or cheesecloth. In a smaller pitcher like this, you might put a rubberband around the cheesecloth so it doesn’t fall in the pitcher. Make sure you don’t skip this step- just using a mesh strainer alone won’t catch all the grounds and you will have a glassful of coffee grounds.
Now go find a book and a hammock and enjoy your delicious coffee!
(Ok, ok- more like go find a pile of laundry and some crying children and enjoy your coffee!)
If you really want to go all out (or you want to make your coffee in advance) you might want to pour some of that coffee into ice cube trays and freeze. Pop them out and use that instead of ice cubes to avoid getting a watered down drink.
And here is another recipe you might enjoy: