“Iced” coffee may be the coffee shop industries biggest con.
When compared to the standard “hot” coffee. For the same size beverage container –
- the “iced” coffee has less coffee and thus less caffeine
- does not stay fresh as long (especially for those shops that start with hot brewed coffee to make their “iced” coffee)
- costs typically the same if not more than a comparable “hot” beverage
The good news is I am going to tell you how you how to make a great tasting “iced” coffee. For a fraction of the cost.
What you need:
- 1 gallon water
- 1 cup ground coffee – I use whatever is on sale at the store
- large pitcher (big enough to hold about 1.25 gallons)
- used gallon milk jug
- favorite creamer
First make cold brewed coffee
- Combine the coffee and water in the pitcher.
- Place in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours to steep.
- Strain through cheesecloth into used milk jug.
- note – I place a small cut square over the spout and the place the lid back on my pitcher to hold the cheesecloth in place. I then pour directly into the funnel.
Second make the ice cubes
- Make ice cubes out of the cold brewed coffee.
Once ice cubes are frozen mix the drink
- Add coffee ice cubes to glass
- Add about 2-4 ounces of your favorite creamer
- Fill with cold brewed coffee
As the coffee ice cubes melt the “iced” coffee will not become watered down.
The cold brew coffee is also great to use in smoothies.