Ordering your favorite coffee over ice is one of the best parts of the warm weather. Now you can skip the line at the coffee shop and make your own at home. No, that doesn’t just mean dropping a few ice cubes in your hot coffee – that makes it weak and watered down. There are a few ways to cool down your caffeine and ensure that the flavor isn’t sacrificed.
French Press or Drip
If you normally use either a standard drip coffee maker or a French press, it’s a great idea to brew an extra strong batch. That means making a normal pot of hot coffee, but with half the water. This will give you a concentrated coffee that allows for the extra water added by ice cubes. Pour the concentrate into a glass full of ice cubes and the ice will dilute it into a well-balanced iced coffee that’s full of flavor. Keep adding ice cubes until they stop melting.
Coffee Ice Cubes
Another useful trick is to make coffee ice cubes. For this method, brew your normal strength batch of coffee and pour it into an ice cube tray. Let them set in the freezer for a few hours then put them into your glass or thermos. When you pour your hot coffee on top, they will cool it down and melt without leaving you with watery coffee.
The cold brew method is one that you might have seen on your local coffee shop menu. Rather than chilling hot coffee, the cold brew method lets the coffee beans steep in cool water overnight. The result is a super strong iced coffee that hasn’t lost any of its flavor or body. Most coffee shops make theirs in big batches, but it is simple enough for you to do yourself – as long as you allow enough time. Here’s an easy cold brew recipe from Krista and Michele.
Cold Brewed Coffee Concentrate
- 1/3 cup ground coffee
- 1 cup cold filtered water
Scoop ground coffee into jar, glass or container of your choice. Pour the cold water on top and stir. Cover with a lid or foil and let it sit for 8 to 24 hours. Strain coffee into a new container through a fine filter (coffee filter or cheese cloth will do). Refrigerate until ready to use. Add milk or water to taste.
– Emma Stratigos