What’s more emblematic of the warm summer months than a smooth, cold glass of iced coffee? Swirling with sweet cream and bursting with flavors of caramel or vanilla, iced coffee is one of our favorite summer treats. Making iced coffee at home can be challenging, but there are a few tricks to brewing the perfect glass and avoiding a major iced coffee fail.
Keep reading to learn the secrets of making coffee-shop level iced coffee from the comfort of your own home.
While indulging in an artisanal $7 iced coffee is a fun treat, we believe the homemade version can be just as delicious (and far less expensive), which is why we love making a good iced coffee ourselves! Once you know the tricks of the trade, you’ll be brewing up chilly beverages that rival any café.
In addition, you’ll need the perfect process. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
A simple way to make iced coffee is to brew it hot. You’ll need to brew it a little stronger than usual, so we like to use a French press for a dark, bold brew. When your coffee is ready to go — after about five minutes — pour it into a carafe, jar, or jug to let it cool to at least room temperature. If you like your iced coffee sweet, add the sugar before it’s cool, as sugar tends to dissolve more evenly in warm liquids. Once your coffee is nice and cool (this should take about an hour) add your ice and any cream and enjoy.
Finesse your iced coffee game by brewing your coffee with cold water. Cold brew coffee is less acidic than regular coffee, contains more caffeine, and is stunningly simple to prepare. In a big jar, carafe, jug, or other container, add a one-to-one ratio of coarse-ground coffee and cold water. Cover and leave in the fridge for 12-24 hours, strain, and voila! Your cold brew coffee is ready to serve.
Preparing cold brew requires more coffee grounds, but the end result is a bold, smooth brew that we just can’t get enough of. If you want to make your life easier, tie the grounds up in a coffee filter or cheesecloth so you don’t have to strain the coffee grounds out of your cold brew coffee.
While we love a shot of rich flavor as much as the next person, we are breaking free from pump-able flavorings. Take your iced coffee to the next level by creating your own simple syrups.
Heat a one-to-one ratio of sugar and water on the stove. When the mixture is clear and begins to simmer, remove it from the heat and add your flavors: mint, cinnamon, vanilla bean, orange peel — the options are endless! Remove the flavorings after a few hours when your syrup is cool. Seal and store for up to a month in the refrigerator.
However essential to our favorite summer drink, one of the fastest ways to ruin a perfectly good glass of iced coffee is to water it down with ice. An ingenious solution? Make ice cubes with coffee! They’ll keep your drink cool without watering it down. Want to be extra fancy? Invest in a silicone ice tray in interesting shapes for an iced coffee experience that’s truly next-level.
If you enjoy iced coffee on the daily, give yourself the gift of batch brewing. Cold brew concentrate can last up to two weeks in the refrigerator, so it’s just good sense to make enough to last a few days. Drink iced coffee that was brewed hot within a day or two (coffee brewed with hot water quickly loses flavor over time). Seal your cold brew in a jar or carafe to make sure your coffee stays fresh.
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