Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Who needs to spendbucks at Starbucks when you can savebucks at home? This is seriously some yummy iced coffee that will have you never paying $5 for a cup again!
The taste of the finished product surprised me. I thought it would be pretty good, but didn't expect it to be something that I would start to crave. Especially considering the level of difficulty in making it.
1. Put 2/3 cup of ground coffee in a 1 quart mason jar (or any 1 quart jar with a lid).
2. Fill the jar with cold water.
3. Let it sit for 12 hours at room temperature.
4. Pour the mixture through a filter so that you are left with only liquid; discard the grounds.
That's it! What you are left with is a verrrrrry strong coffee concentrate that you can keep covered in your refrigerator for 2 weeks. Mine lasts about 2 days. :)
To make an iced coffee with this mixture, pour equal parts coffee concentrate and milk into a glass of ice. I add a dash of vanilla extract and sweeten it with a few spoonfuls of simple syrup. Using sugar to sweeten it probably wouldn't work since the sugar wouldn't dissolve easily in the cold drink, so using a simple syrup solves that problem.
To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Heat, while stirring, to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil for 2 minutes. Allow to cool. I store this in a covered container in my fridge with the coffee concentrate.
You can make your iced coffee frothy by shaking it in a cocktail mixer and then pouring over ice.