Iced coffee is not just ice in coffee. It can be a delicious creamy drink that is a perfect summertime afternoon pick-me-up. Many people think that making iced coffee is simply brewing some coffee and then pouring it over ice in a glass. Although this can be done, it produces a watered down coffee. If you are looking for something that offers more flavor, a cold-brew method is the way to go.
Cold brewing will take time. Rather than heating water and passing it through the coffee, the ground coffee is soaked in the water for hours and then filtered. This may be done in any container, but a French press works best since you can use the filter.
- 1/3 cup of medium-coarse coffee. A medium roast works best.
- 1 ½ cups of cold water.
- Ice Cubes
- (Optional) Milk, cream, and sugar.
- 1/3 cup of coarse ground coffee in a French Press or glass jar.
- Add 1 ½ cups of cold water. Stir.
- Cover and let sit at room temperature for 12 hours. Can also be left overnight.
- If using a French Press, push the filter through the liquid to strain the coffee. Otherwise, strain the coffee through a large standard drip paper coffee filter or a fine sieve.
- Put coffee liquid in a covered container and refrigerate till cool.
- When ready to drink, fill a tall glass with ice and pour coffee into the glass leaving some space for milk or cream.
- (Optional) add milk, cream, and sugar to taste.