Coffee in general is not cheap. I’m sure many of you have gone to your favorite coffee joint and have spent $4 or more dollars on a nasty cup of so-called-coffee and it really ruined your day. I know I have…especially on iced coffee…and I’m not a nice person when folks don’t get my drink right (especially Dunken Doughnuts)!
So you could only imagine how happy I was when one of my favorite bloggers wrote a post on how to make iced coffee concentrate. Not a lot of ingredients or fancy tools are needed. Just some really good strong ground coffee, cold water, large bowl and some patients ( you have to let it sit for a while).
Hours later…you have this glorious drink…and it taste good…really good.
Surprisingly…it doesn’t get watered down, has a smooth taste down to the last sip and doesn’t send your tummy into gurgle mode (you know what I’m talkin’ about).
This is something I encourage you to try. It will save you money and from having bad iced coffee ever again.
Perfect Iced Coffee Concentrate
adapted from Pioneer Woman
Makes 4 quarts…you can double this…
Half pound Ground Coffee, 8 oz (good, Rich Roast)
4 quarts Cold Water
In a large container (I used a huge bowl), mix ground coffee with water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight.
* If using a large bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and place a kitchen towel over it.
Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.
Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to cool. Use as needed.
You can use the following
Half-and-half or flavored creamer (a generous splash per serving)
Sweetened Condensed Milk (2-3 Tablespoons Per Serving)
Skim Milk, 2% Milk, Whole Milk
Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners, Syrups
Pretty much anything to your liking…get crazy with it!
To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass 2/3 to 1/2 full with coffee liquid. Add healthy splash of half-and-half or *flavored creamer. Add 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk or plain sugar and stir to combine. Taste and adjust half-and-half or whatever you are using to your liking.
*If using flavored creamer, do not add sweetened condensed milk, use regular sugar.
Go here for more information on other ways to make iced coffee concentrate.