Fine, I’ll admit it: I am a coffee snob. I blame my cousin, Amena, who works for Keurig/Green Mountain for introducing me to good coffee. I would say that I’m a medium roast kind of gal, a little cream and some stevia. That’s how I like it. When the summer is hot and humid I love a good iced coffee. Let me tell you, I have the perfect iced coffee recipe for you to sip on.
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How do you make iced coffee at home?
Contrary to what you may think, you can’t just brew a pot of coffee and add ice to it to get the perfect cup of iced coffee. As the ice melts, it dilutes the coffee, making it weak and honestly, gross. If you want to just brew a cup of coffee in your Keurig, you can use a dark roast and the espresso setting. It’s more concentrated so the ice won’t dilute the flavor too much. The other thing you can do is make coffee ice cubes so you won’t have to worry about your coffee tasting like water. There are three ways you can make a basic iced coffee.
Use Instant Coffee
¾ tablespoon (14 grams) instant coffee
5 to 6 tablespoons (75 to 90 milliliters) hot water
Dissolve the instant coffee with hot water and add any sugar during this time as well. It’ll dissolve easier this way. The coffee will be strong but remember, we’re adding ice to it so that’ll make it weaker as the ice melts. If you like a stronger coffee use less hot water. Add in the ice, you can add a few in just to let them melt and then add as much as you want; a normal iced coffee has ice filled to the top. Add cream if you like that and you’re ready to go!
Use Leftover Coffee
1 cup (140 grams) ice
1 cup (240 milliliters) coffee, room temperature or chilled
Brew coffee the way you normally would and allow it to completely cool – room temperature is fine. If you stick a hot coffee mug or the carafe in the fridge it may break the glass. You can use this if you have leftover coffee by putting it in the fridge. To compensate for the coffee losing its strength as the ice melts use a dark roast coffee or brew a stronger pot by using more coffee grounds. Add in cream to taste and again, if you want to add sugar then do that when the coffee is hot so it dissolves easily.
Use Cold Brew Coffee
1/3 cup (40 grams) ground coffee
1 1/3 cups (320 milliliters) cold water
Combine the ground coffee and cold water in a jar and place it in the fridge up to five hours or overnight. When the coffee has had enough time to steep pour it into a mug. Add the ice first and then use either a coffee filter, cheese cloth or a fine strainer so that the coffee grinds don’t get into the glass you’re going to be drinking from. Add cream and sugar to taste.
The Best Iced Coffee You’ll Ever Have – Charmed Iced Coffee
I’ve been making this for years. It’s my summertime treat on hot days. I call it Charmed Iced Coffee because it reminds me something you’d sip on a front porch deep in the South. Make a big pitcher of it, make it for brunch, add a little bourbon to it; there are so many ways to enjoy your Charmed Iced Coffee.
Charmed Iced Coffee Recipe
Charmed Iced Coffee is so easy to make. First you’ll combine the coffee grounds, water, cinnamon and brown sugar together in a Mason Jar. Then put the Mason Jar in the fridge for five hours or overnight (some people say brewing it overnight makes the coffee taste bitter but I haven’t experienced that). In the morning, take the brewed coffee out of the fridge and put in in a pitcher using a fine strainer or a paper coffee filter to keep the grounds from escaping into the pitcher. I used my Kitchables Pour-Over Coffeemaker with Handle because I knew the strainer would keep the grounds out. Then I added the desired amount of cream that I like and sipped my way into iced coffee heaven.
One of the things that makes this iced coffee recipe different from your standard iced coffee is that the pairing of cinnamon and brown sugar is sweet enough to give you that restaurant feel but it doesn’t take away from the flavor of the coffee. If you’ve been to Mexico and had Mexican coffee the cinnamon in this iced coffee recipe mimics that.
Charmed Iced Coffee
I've been making this for years. It's my summertime treat on hot days. I call it Charmed Iced Coffee because it reminds me something you'd sip on a front porch deep in the South. Make a big pitcher of it, make it for brunch, add a little bourbon to it; there are so many ways to enjoy your Charmed Iced Coffee.
- 2/3 cups of coarsely ground coffee
- 3 cups of water
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 3 Tbs. brown sugar
Once you have all of your ingredients mixed in a quart jar, put the jar in your fridge overnight or for eight to 12 hours.
After a good, long soak, pour the chilled coffee through a fine strainer into another container. If you don’t have a fine kitchen strainer you can use a cheese cloth.
Then pour the filtered coffee back into the quart jar to use for later OR you can pour it into your favorite tumbler with ice, add as much or as little creamer as you wish. Mmmmmmmmmm…perfection!
Can be doubled for a bigger crowd, makes four cups.
You can use dark brown sugar rather than light brown sugar if you prefer a richer taste.
How long can I keep Iced Coffee in the refrigerator?
If the coffee isn’t diluted yet you can keep it for up to two weeks. The coffee will begin to lose it’s flavor after about a week though.
Sit back and enjoy sipping your awesome Charmed Iced Coffee! You’ll love it. Tell me what you think in the comments!
Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.