When it's 100 degrees nothing quite quenches your thirst like a cold glass of iced coffee. The best part is that it's not that complicated to make. There are two main ways to make iced coffee.
While heat-brewed coffee may sound easier, it does have its downfalls. If not completely cool, it will melt the ice and create a watered down iced coffee beverage. If you let it cool, it can get that bitter and stale coffee taste that can happen quickly as coffee sits. If you have leftover coffee that you want to use up, consider pouring it into an ice cube tray, freezing it and using the coffee cubes in your iced coffee drinks.
Luckily, you can use the cold-brewed method to get a strong (not watered down!) cup of iced coffee. Also, because cold-brewed coffee never gets heated, it creates a less bitter and smoother iced coffee drink. The best part about cold brewing your coffee is that it's simple and can be easily done overnight. In a large storage container, combine eight ounces (one-half pound) ground coffee and four ounces water. Stir together and let sit, covered, for at least eight hours or up to 24 hours. When your coffee is ready simply strain using a cheesecloth-lined strainer and store your fresh, cold-brewed coffee in the fridge. It will keep for weeks and can be used in just about anything you can dream up. Because this is a concentrate, you'll only need about an ounce in your drinks. Treat it like you would an espresso shot.
Of course you can simply serve your coffee with a little ice, cream and sugar but let's not stop there. You can make frozen blended drinks, flavored iced coffee and even delicious coffee cocktails!
We recently created a simple frozen coffee beverage that is flavorful and perfect with breakfast or even a sweet dessert. It uses all on-hand pantry items and can be whipped up in no time. What's not to love?
Yields 2 drinks
* Adjust sweetness level to your own personal taste
Yields 1/2 cup
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