A good iced coffee recipe will not only give you the caffeine you crave, it will also cool and refresh you on a hot and humid day. Here are some recipes that will allow you to treat yourself with iced coffee at home.
The Case for Iced, Not Hot
Some people just plunk a couple of ice cubs into a mug of streaming coffee and they think they have iced coffee.
You only need simple equipment to make great iced coffee but if you already have an electric coffee maker, a French press, Chemex, or an Aeropress, of course you can use them. You can even use a food processor, so you'd do well to read food processor reviews. Basically, you need a vessel big enough to contain the ground beans and water. You will also need a sieve for straining the grounds, and a funnel.
Simple Methods for Making Iced coffee
This recipe is so simple and the resulting drink is so delicious, you'll wonder why you didn't start making your own cold brew coffee long time ago! You will need a package of ground coffee, some ordinary kitchen utensils, water, and patience to see the process through. The only difficult part about making this iced coffee recipe is that you have to wait 12 hours to complete the process. Still, if you're using a food processor, you could significantly cut down the time you'd have to wait.
Simple Iced Coffee
Bowl Mixing spoon Coffee filter or cheesecloth Strainer Carafe or bowl with lid
2 2/3 cups cold water 1 1/2 cups ground coffee
1. Pour coffee grounds into a bowl. Add 1 cup cold water and stir gently. Slowly add remaining 1 1/2 cups of cold water, agitating the grounds as gently as possible.
2. Cover, leave at room temperature for 12 hours to allow the grounds to become saturated.
3. Gently strain the coffee grounds through a filter and store in refrigerator. The coffee concentrate will keep for 2 weeks.
4. To serve, simply add 1 part coffee concentrate to 3 parts water over ice. You can adjust the potency of your coffee by adding more water or less, depending on your preference.
Iced coffee with a Twist
Here is another simple iced coffee recipe for you to try:
1. Add 1 cup strong coffee grounds to a large bowl or container. Â (Use the brand you like best but actually, any dry ground coffee straight from the bag will do.)
2. Add 5 cups if you like very strong coffee, 6 cups if you like your coffee not too strong, or 8 cups water if you prefer a milder brew.
3. Combine, cover the container and let the mixture rest for 8 to 12 hours.
4. Once you remove the cover, immediately strain the grounds with a mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter.
5. Pour the bowl of coffee over that filter into your container.
6. You will see some sludge leftover in your bowl. Don't allow any of it to get into your pitcher.
7. At the end of this process, you will have a pitcher of delicious cold brewed coffee.
8. You can mix this with half and half, condensed milk, coconut milk and a tiny bit of brown sugar. You can even add a tiny squirt of chocolate syrup.
Read up on ways of using a food processor to see how this invaluable kitchen tool can help you make the best iced coffee at home.