Monday, August 16, 2010

How To Make Iced Coffee

This post was originally published in July 2009.

No, I don't have a tobacco-chewing habit, like my husband thought when he first saw my cold-brewed coffee jar. I have a different habit...iced coffee.

I drink hot coffee in the mornings, but in the summer I love iced coffee. I came across this recipe by accident when surfing the web one night and it hit me, "why am I not making my own iced coffee?". I was buying iced coffees as a treat for myself occasionally when we were out and about running errands. Now I don't have to because I am making them at home and they are delicious, just like the coffee shops.

It is very easy:

In a mason jar, I stir together 1/3 cup ground coffee and 1 1/2 cups water. Cover and let rest at room temperature overnight or 12 hours. The next morning, I strain through a coffee filter and a fine-mesh strainer. The recipe says to strain twice, but I haven't needed to.

I clean out my mason jar and then mix equal parts coffee concentrate and water, or to taste. The coffee concentrate measures to about 8-9 ounces, so I add about the same in water. I also add about 2-3 ounces 2% milk.

I shake together and pour into a glass filled with ice. Love, Love, Love it!!

Cold-brewed iced coffee recipe found at The New York Times website.

What kind of special coffee drinks do you make? Let us know along with the recipe in the comments.

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  1. that looks good are you using regular coffee or instant?

  2. I make my Iced Coffee by saving the coffee left in the pot, in a mason jar, in the fridge. It doesn't matter whether it's instant or brewed. I adjust it later to my taste. The next day, I put it into my blender with a little lightener( powdered milk/creamer, or real milk/creamer) and a touch of sugar. I then pour it over ice in a tall glass.
    Best, Dumpsterdiver

  3. I hope to try this! It sounds great!

  4. You can also do this using a French Press. That way you don't have to keep buying coffee filters.


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