I am a huge fan of iced coffee, actually I am a huge fan of coffee. But there is just something about iced coffee during the summer. I swear the stuff gives me the strength to get through the long hot days of summer, and I was spending a pretty penny on it at my favorite coffee shops.
Aside from the fact that this iced coffee tastes like you got it from a coffee shop, the beauty of it lies in the fact you prepared it at home. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing with an iced coffee to get you through errands, by all means enjoy your favorite frosty coffee-shop iced coffee while shopping at Wegman’s. But instead of running around with a sweaty iced coffee in tow mindlessly sipping at red lights or in the cereal aisle, I actually take the time to sit and enjoy it, and get a few quiet moments to reflect and recharge. These moments ease the tension of a hot and busy season, and the afternoon caffeine kick doesn’t hurt either.
I usually have enough of my hot brew morning coffee left over for a couple of glasses of iced, so I just throw the carafe in the fridge. When the coffee is chilled the addition of ice cubes do not water it down too much. But brace yourselves this is borderline genius if you freeze your left over morning coffee in an ice-cube tray, you will never sip a homemade watered down iced coffee again. You are welcome.
- 1 cup strong coffee at room temperature
- Sweetened Condensed Milk, 2-3 Tablespoons Per Serving
- To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass 2/3 full with cooled coffee. Add a tablespoon or so of half-and-half. Add 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk and stir to combine. Taste and adjust half-and-half and/or sweetened condensed milk as needed.
This “recipe” doesn’t require exact measurements, change the amounts of sweetened condensed milk or half-and-half to suit your tastes. Got some flavored syrups around? Try a flavored version. You can’t go wrong with this iced coffee, you will love it, but I do have a few tips for you.
- Brew your coffee strong, and a dark roast is preferable.
- Put it in the fridge, so it is already nice and chilled by afternoon.
- Coffee ice cubes are iced coffee’s BFF, seriously it is worth the effort!