Simple Iced Coffee

I heart me some iced coffee….YUM! I was never a coffee drinker, I mean N.E.V.E.R, I hated it. But my sister converted me to a coffee drinker years ago :) The years ago version was complete with maybe, a third of coffee, a third of milk, & a third of sugar (I realize this is probably not what you’d consider “iced coffee” per se, more likely it would be called iced sugar – HA! :) Well that was the past, this is now…now it is about three-quarters coffee, a quarter soy milk, & about a tablespoon of simple syrup (and that simple syrup, well it’s super simple too – click here for that recipe). Now this recipe has been fine tuned down to the wire to get it just right.  I do believe I have perfected it for my taste…and I hope it brings you happiness as well :) So here it is:

Simple Iced Coffee – Cold Brew Method

makes approximately 3 liters of iced coffee base

Ingredients/Tools:

3 Liters of water (1 jug)

1 3/4 cups ground dark roast coffee

liquid measuring cup

2 large pitchers

long-handled strainer

cheesecloth

Start with removing 1 1/2 cups from the 3 L water jug (you need to have extra room to put in the ground coffee)…you can either drink the water from said removal or chuck it into that dying plant in the corner ;)

Next just add the ground coffee into the remainder of the 3L water jug. Stir it up, or the other great reason for doing in a water jug versus a pitcher is you can just screw back on that cap and shake, shake, shake it up! Shake it until all of the coffee grounds are moistened.

During the next step…it’s a very relaxing step I might add…just let it sit for the next 8 hours or overnight :)

Now I’ve found the best way to do the subsequent step is grab the large pitcher, put the long-handled strainer over the pitcher, and then start dumping the coffee mixture into the pitcher through the long-handled strainer (you will have to do this a couple of times to get the thick parts out), back & forth from pitcher to pitcher until you get it down to the finer coffee granules. With the finer granules of coffee that remain, you need to pull out the cheesecloth and repeat the last couple of steps, like with the strainer.

After the straining process, your coffee is complete & should be stored in the refrigerator to chill.

Finally just add some ice, your preferred creamers and sweeteners, and then voilà, yummy iced coffee!

Adapted from Annie’s Eats.

Simple Syrup

So this simple syrup, well it is beyond simple!

Ingredients

1 cup white sugar & 1 cup water

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.

Now, here’s my genius mama moment; I’ve added mine into a syrup dispenser & I keep it on my counter ready to sweeten! :)  Yay for me, I have sugar on call! :)

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