They're coming! The spring and summer months are fast approaching, and there are few things better at cooling down those hot summer days than a tall glass of iced coffee!
Though making iced coffee may sound simple enough, it truly is an art that must be perfected. I know what you are thinking.. how hard can it be to brew hot coffee and pour it over a cup of ice? Yes, you can try that, but in my experience that usually ends with a disastrous cup of diluted, watery, and lukewarm coffee. On the other hand, making a pot of hot coffee and leaving it in the refrigerator to chill often provokes bitterness that is hard to drown out (despite any milk, sugar, or flavoring you might add). In this article I'll share my secrets to making a divine cup of iced coffee so you'll be prepared for those refreshing spring mornings and hot summer days!
The secret to making outstanding iced coffee is to start with a cold brew concentrate. (Shhhhhhh! It's a secret) This is absolutely necessary if you want to make a deliciously smooth, absolutely divine iced coffee. An added benefit is that this cold brew concentrate is made in advance and makes multiple servings, this way, it's already prepared and you don't have to fuss with making a fresh batch each morning. So without further ado here it is:
Cold Brew Concentrate
1 cup of freshly ground coffee (coarse grind works best)
4 cups cold water (must be filtered to eliminate bitterness from chlorine)
1. Add coffee to a glass bowl or container. I suggest using a glass container as other materials such as metal can add a metallic taste to your brew.
2. Pour cold water over coffee grounds, ensuring that all of the coffee grounds get wet.
3. Cover container, leave mixture at room temperature and let steep overnight, at least 8 hours. (steep 8-16 hours)
4. After at least 8 hours of steeping, use a few layers of cheese cloth or fine strainer to remove grounds from mixture.
5. Pour brewed coffee into a sealable container, coffee concentrate can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
**For easy cleanup, try using a french press instead of a glass bowl for your overnight brew
Don't be intimidated! This may sound like a lot of steps at first but once you try it you'll see that it really is quite simple! You can even double the recipe if you want to make it less often. I guarantee this will produce a much smoother, and richer cup than any other method out there. Note that I have adjusted the water and coffee amounts based on my own personal preference. Try making it with the recipe above for your first time, then adjust to suit your own taste!
Ok! So now that you have your cold brew concentrate, you are officially ready to make a delicious cup of iced coffee. And since you've already prepared your coffee, it's as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Fill your favorite glass full of ice
2. Pour your cold brew concentrate over the ice until your glass is about two-thirds of the way full.
3. Pour in your desired amount of milk, cream, or half-and-half. Enjoy!
For more recipes using cold brew concentrate (including how to make your own simple syrups) check out our blog!