Confession: I don’t like coffee. I’ve just never liked the taste of it. One exception: ground espresso beans in some sort of smore dessert from Murray Street restaurant. That dessert gave me a glimpse into the world of coffee addiction….so good. But it just doesn’t translate to liquid form for me, so I mostly ignore the stuff. But Chris does not! Within the past few years he has developed a full-blown coffee addiction, which I think is great because in an inexplicable turn of events, I LOVE the smell of coffee. So I’m more than happy to share his adventures in home made iced coffee making; it looks and smells delightful.
Apparently, making good iced coffee is more than just making a regular pot of coffee and putting it in the fridge. For some reason it just doesn’t work. And pouring hot coffee over a bunch of ice just makes it watery. So to start, get a big tupperware container and pour in a bunch of coffee grounds.
Next, add some water and put it in the fridge to steep for 6- 8 hours, or longer if you want it to be really strong. But not toooo long, or else it will get bitter.
Then scoop (or slowly dump) the mixture through a cheesecloth or paper towel lined fine mesh strainer.
Sit back and watch the delicious coffee mixture emerge.
What’s left in the tupperware is kind of a coffee sludge – so to avoid having this in your coffee mixture, use a few layers of paper towels, and the finest strainer you can find. It might take a while to pass through, but it’ll be worth it!
Transfer the coffee liquid to some sort of pitcher, and put it back in the fridge until you are ready to use, or it is adequately chilled.
To prepare, pour about half a cup of coffee over ice, and add milk, half and half or condensed milk, depending on how rich you want it. Go sit on your deck/patio/balcony and enjoy!
Iced Coffee Recipe
1/2 pound Ground Coffee (good, Rich Roast)
8 cups Cold Water
Half-and-half (healthy Splash Per Serving)
Sweetened Condensed Milk (2-3 Tablespoons Per Serving)
*Or if you aren’t in the mood for the decadence provided by the above two ingredients, just a splash of whatever milk you have in the fridge, no harm done.
*Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners, Syrups…all would be good choices for mixing into coffee mixture.
1. In a large container, mix ground coffee with water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight.
2. Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth/paper and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.
3. Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to cool. Use as needed.
4. To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass 2/3 full with coffee liquid. Add healthy splash of half-and-half. Add 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (can use plain sugar instead) and stir to combine. Taste and adjust half-and-half and/or sweetened condensed milk as needed.
From: The Pioneer Woman (As usual)