I realize that many people consider iced coffee a summer drink, but to me it always seems a little robust on a blazing hot day. On the other hand, when the light shifts and the temperatures drop a bit, autumn feels like the perfect time to enjoy a cool, creamy java. What do you think? Care to join me for a glass?
If you remember to make extra coffee in the morning, you can refrigerate it for iced coffee. This requires planning ahead, though, which isn’t always my strong suit. If you want to enjoy iced coffee whenever you like, you can instead make a cold-brewed concentrate. I learned this technique from The Pioneer Woman’s blog, and it couldn’t be easier. I start with a 1-quart recycled glass bottle to make the strong brew, but you can use any size container you like and just adjust the quantities.
To begin, add 1/2 cup of finely-ground organic coffee to the bottle. You can use caffeinated or decaf coffee.
Then add about 3 1/2 cups of cold, filtered water and give it a good shake. Let it steep in the refrigerator for a few hours, or overnight.
The next day, strain out the larger coffee grounds in a fine-mesh strainer:
Then put a coffee filter inside the strainer…
and strain the coffee mixture once again. This makes the concentrate nice and clear.
Wash out the bottle, and pour the strained coffee back in. You can store the cold coffee in the refrigerator for two to three weeks.
To make a perfect iced coffee, fill a glass with ice cubes and pour some of the strong coffee over it. You can drink it just like that if you’re a purist, or add milk and your favorite sweetener (I’m currently partial to organic coconut palm sugar) if you like. Or you can be extra-decadent and stir in a generous spoonful of sweetened condensed milk and top it off with half and half. It’s so, so good…
How about you? Do you enjoy iced coffee, and if so, have you tried making your own? Is it still balmy in your part of the world, or is winter moving in? I always love hearing your thoughts and comments.
P.S. If you liked making your own iced coffee, you might also like to try this Sweet Tea Recipe.