Around day 27 of 100+ degree weather this summer, I said screw you to my hot cup of coffee every morning and decided to try iced coffee. At first, it was a disaster. Who knew that you just couldn't brew a pot of coffee and pour it over ice! It tasted like dog crap.
So I turned to google. The logical thing to do, right? I found a few different ways to make iced coffee at home, all of which were pretty similar. The key is making a coffee concentrate. I came up with my own version and I'm hooked. I can't get enough of it. It's my morning crack, and when it's too cold to drink it this winter, I will probably need to go to rehab and enter a detox program.
The best part about this? You make a batch on Sunday and keep it in the fridge all week long. Genious.
- Pour 3 cups of coffee grinds into a large bowl
- Fill the bowl with 12 cups of water
- Stir, cover, and let it sit all day or overnight (This is weird to me. I guess you could put it in the fridge, but I just let mine sit on the counter.)
- Uncover, stir again, and strain into a pitcher (I use a thin strainer and a paper towel. I tried coffee filters but it took forever. And I'm not cool enough to use cheese cloth.)
When you are ready to drink, pour over ice and add your creamer/sugar/milk/whatever. I personally like my sugar free vanilla creamer, with a shot of half and half.
Will thinks the whole process is strange, and every time he walks into the kitchen while I'm straining my coffee mixture, he makes a weird gagging noise.
And yes, I use a 1979 pitcher from Dixie Linoleum and Carpet in Memphis, TN.
**Here's my disclaimer: This stuff is so good that you can't stop drinking it. It's a shitload of caffeine. It's probably eating away at my insides and staining my teeth. But oh well. It wakes me up and keeps me going all day. Therefore, I LOVE IT.
***One recipe that I found was for an entire month's worth of coffee. Where do you find a bowl that big? I didn't want to make my morning crack in the bathtub, so I'm sticking with my weekly routine. It works for me.