In the past, I have made iced coffee by simply brewing coffee, chilling it, and then adding milk/sweetener, etc. WHAT AN IDIOT I HAVE BEEN! In search of a more "fun" beverage to serve at an afternoon birthday party, I came across this recipe for cold brewed coffee. Game changer. I will never ever, ever go back.
The recipe was published back in the NY Times in June of 2007 and obviously is a winner! It's pretty darn simple, the only disadvantage is that it requires time to "brew" so you have to plan ahead. The actual hands on time is pretty minimal.
- 1 c ground coffee, the darker roast the better (I used Trader Joe's Wintry Blend)
- 4 1/2 c water
- Sweetner/Flavor of your choice
1. Pour ground coffee and water into container and stir. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours.
2. Pour brewed coffee through paper coffee filter or strainer lined with cheese cloth. French press might also work here?!
3. The cold-brewed coffee concentrate is now ready. Mix coffee concentrate with equal parts water or milk. Sweeten as desired. Serve over ice. Serves 6. *You can refrigerate concentrate for up to two weeks.
I have a batch brewing on my counter as I am typing this blog. I am completely craving it. I loved the spices in the Wintry Blend coffee from Trader Joe's, but I am sure any coffee would be delicious. Just to point out the obvious, the more fat in the milk the more creamy your iced coffee will be. At the party, I pre-mixed with milk and 1/2 c sugar (served in a pitcher) and let people add their own additional milk, sugar, chocolate syrup, etc.