Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Iced Coffee My Way

Hello everyone!  This is the coffee post I told you via Facebook was coming.  If you haven't yet weighed in on my Facebook page about your like for coffee, please do.  I have some other coffee related recipes that I will post in the future if I have enough interest out there.  If there are only a few of you out there that like coffee, I won't waste your time with such desserts.  If you don't use Facebook, just give me a shout in the comment section below.

If I let myself, I could spend a fortune on iced coffee drinks at coffee shops or even McDonald's.  I love the frappes and the iced lattes.  Now I also like all the hot coffee drinks too.  I'll drink coffee just about any way you can fix it.  But since it is hot outside I turn my attention to the cold coffee drinks.

This is iced coffee my way and it won't break the bank...even if you have one every day!

Start by making a cold brew coffee concentrate.  I just recently learned about this.  You can make it with one of many cold brewing systems which I'm sure are more convenient...or you can make it the poor man's way.  The following is the poor man's way.

First measure out 1 1/2 cups of cold water.

Pour 1/3 cup ground coffee in.

Stir it a bit so the grounds all get wet.

Cover and let sit...and sit....and sit for 12 to 24 hours.

Once the brew is done you'll need to strain out the grounds.  I use a fine mesh strainer.  If you don't have one you could use a coffee filter too.  The blue funnel is just because I can't pour neatly enough to prevent a mess.

Pour the concentrate in to a sealable container.  This concentrate can be refrigerated for about a week and we're not going to use it all today so you can have another iced coffee tomorrow.  This cold brew concentrate can be used for many things.  It can be used in baking, hot coffee drinks, etc.  The acidity is lower on a cold brew than the traditional method which makes it more stomach friendly.  It's also supposed to be higher in caffeine.  So if you're cramming for that exam, treat yourself to my iced coffee first.

Now for the drink itself.  Measure out 1/2 cup of the coffee concentrate.

Add 2 Tablespoons of sugar.  Feel free to adjust the amount to the sweetness level that you prefer.

Top off the rest of the cup with milk.  If you want your iced coffee to be super smooth use half and half.  I was going for less fat in this one.  You can also customize at this point with flavor.  I added a little vanilla.  Don't ask me how much.  I just poured a little in.  Maybe 1/2 teaspoon?  Next time I'm at the store I'm getting some caramel ice cream topping so I can make it caramel flavor...YUM!  Make sure you stir this mixture, you don't want to leave any of your sugar behind later.

I know it's hard to tell how much this is on the picture.  You'll need 2 cups of crushed ice.  I just make my refrigerator do the crushing in the ice dispenser.

Pour the ice in the blender.

Pour the coffee mixture on the ice.

Blend away!  See that nifty drink dispenser on the side of my blender?  It won't work.  This drink is to thick.  You'll have to pour it or spoon it into your glass.

Now kick back and enjoy your cool summer treat.  I know I will.

Here's the recipe for you.

Iced Coffee
1/2 c. coffee concentrate
2 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla or flavoring of your choice
1/2 c. milk or half and half
2 c. crushed ice
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.


--Frostine








2 comments:

  1. Love a good iced coffee myself! Thank you for the recipe. I can't wait to try it!

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  2. I love coffee anyway it is fixed. Drink it every day with great relish. Thanks for your recipe. I will certainly use it. Alma

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