Easy Homemade Cold Brewed Iced Coffee Recipe

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Homemade Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

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.

This is a cold brew method of making iced coffee.  I personally find a huge difference in richness and flavor when I take the few minutes to brew this way instead of brewing hot coffee and then putting it over ice or in the fridge.   This really does just take a few minutes and then you can have this in a pitcher in the fridge to drink anytime you like.

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).  Your time investment so far is about 2 minutes or so.

Once you remove the cover it is important to strain out the grounds.  Use a mesh strainer with cheesecloth or a coffee filter inside or even paper towels in a pinch 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- I use 2 or 3.)  Make sure you use a few layers so you really filter out all the grounds.  You don’t want a big bite of that black sludgy stuff in your cup and one coffee filter or thin cheesecloth or a paper towel is going to let a bunch of grounds through.  This should take about 5 minutes or so.

Now enjoy your 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 as a DIY Iced Mocha or just a bit of almond milk.

Here is my pitcher with a bit of cheesecloth to filter the grounds or I rest a strainer on the lid of a large mason jar and put a few coffee filters inside that and then pour the grounds through.  Easy!

Perfect homemade iced 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:


Starbucks Copycat Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe

Homemade Iced Coconut Latte Recipe

Homemade Coconut Iced Latte

Skinny Mocha Smoothie - perfect pre workout drink or afternoon pick me up!

Skinny Mocha Smoothie

Starbucks Cinnamon Dulce Syrup Recipe

Copycat Cinnamon Dolce Syrup Recipe - just like Starbucks and delish with iced coffee and milk!


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