I’ve mentioned this iced coffee recipe before…but I don’t feel bad about repeating myself! You need to try this coffee. Now that the warm weather has started, I’m ready for my coffee on ice!
I’m not going to lie and say my love for iced coffee is unconditional. That would be a lie. My love for iced coffee is VERY conditional!
Things I Look For in an Iced Coffee:
- It needs to be cold! (Although this should be a given for an “iced” coffee) but I think we all are familiar with the lukewarm coffee with melting ice cubes floating on top. No thanks!
- It needs to be strong.
- I want to be able to sweeten it however I want.
Like I’ve mentioned before, The Pioneer Woman, has done it again. This coffee is so easy to make. And soooo worth the effort.
First, you’ll need something to steep the coffee in and some ground coffee. I personally love Cafe Bustelo but World Market coffee is also delicious and you can get it for cheap if you join their Explorer Club.
Now, throw a pound of those heavenly smelling ground beans in!
Pour in 2 gallons of water, stir it all in, cover and let sit for 8-10 hours or overnight.
Once the coffee has had a chance to cold brew for awhile you can then move on to the exciting step of straining! Ideally, you would use a fine mesh strainer with a couple layers of cheesecloth inside. BUT, I could not find cheesecloth anywhere the day I started making this recipe a year…and I have yet to purchase cheesecloth. What I do use is a fine mesh strainer with a coffee filter inside…its awkward but it’ll do:
Now, slowly pour the steeped coffee through the strainer. You’ll want to use a spoon to gently press/force the last of the liquid through:
Once it’s cool (you’ll want to store in the fridge for a few hours before drinking) you can sweeten it up however you’d like. My favorite is with a little non-fat milk and half and half (it doesn’t make sense I know) and some sort of sweetener…preferably organic sugar. For a pound of coffee this is the amount of concentration usually remaining:
And the final product (I ran out of clean glasses…):
Drink up and Enjoy!