You don’t have to be a barista behind the counter surrounded by stainless-steel equipment and rows of glass syrup bottles to make a great iced coffee. In fact, iced coffee is better when made at home, if you know the right method.
Instead of making the traditional pot of hot coffee and then chilling it, you soak the coffee grounds overnight in cold water. It makes a tremendous difference in flavor: it’s smoother and easier to drink, so you don’t need to add extra sugar to cover up any acidic taste.
Once you make iced coffee at home and realize how easy it is and how much better it tastes, the idea of spending cash at a coffee shop each morning seems disappointing. This iced coffee recipe makes two glasses for less than fifty cents, and that’s with the good coffee.
It’s super-easy to make in the French press, but you could also use a glass jar and sieve.
- The night before, start with 1/4 cup of coarse ground coffee, and add 1 cup of cold filtered water. Let it overnight.
- The next morning add 1 more cup of fresh cold water.
- Strain and pour into a chilled glass over ice (makes two glasses).
I add a generous amount of milk and a spoonful or two of raw sugar. You could even make a simple syrup with a little vanilla. If you like extra milk, add less water. Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays for next time.
After you’ve tried this recipe, the next time you order an iced coffee from the coffee shop, you’ll think, “I can make this better at home.” Try it, you’ll see.
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