If you like Starbucks, raise your hand. Okay, put your hand down if you don’t mind spending $4 for a drink that lasts 20 minutes. Is your hand still up? Okay, then this is the post for you.
To make a great homemade iced coffee drink you need to do three things: cold brew the coffee; make coffee ice cubes; and mix “the fixings” in (I prefer sugar-free French Vanilla creamer and a dash of Splenda. Maybe a shot of caramel syrup if I’m really indulging.)
I’ve browsed and researched and surprisingly found you DON’T need the piece of equipment called a French Press to make great homemade cold coffee. And trust me, you want to brew cold coffee- don’t take hot coffee and simply chill it. How do you cold brew coffee? It’s actually simple:
- Take a pot of cold water.
- Add 1/2 to 3/4 C. of your favorite grounds. Mix well.
- Refrigerate at least 12 hours, stirring every once in awhile.
- Strain out grounds.
To make coffee ice cubes, simply brew a pot of coffee. Allow to cool. Pour into ice cube trays. Freeze. (Obviously), store in freezer.
To make your mixed drink, add anything you want! The sky is the limit.
My favorite is simply mixing cold coffee, coffee cubes, French Vanilla creamer, and a dash of Splenda.
Occasionally I’ll mix it up in the blender and add a shot of caramel syrup.
Any type of creamer: caramel macchiato, mint, hazelnut
Any type of syrup: raspberry, vanilla, caramel, etc.
Drizzle ice cream syrup over the top: caramel, chocolate, etc.