Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Homemade Iced Coffee

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.


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