You are a coffee addict who cannot go through the day without a certain quantity of coffee but the weather is very hot and you don’t think you can face a hot drink. So the solution – iced coffee. Not only do you get your coffee hit, you also get a cooling and refreshing drink that lowers your temperature instead of raising it. So here are a few recipe ideas to get you started.
Iced coffee basics
The best iced coffee recipes do not involve simply dropping ice cubes into a cup of coffee and waiting for it to go cold – this will result in a very liquidy, tasteless concoction. The best way to create perfect iced coffee is to change the brewing process.
One suggestion for doing this is to use a French press. Instead of making hot coffee, make up cold coffee then store it overnight in the press to get the best flavour. When it comes out of the refrigerator, it will just need a little ice or milk as preferred. You can also add little extra ingredients to the mix to add an extra dimension; sea salt, chocolate, fudge or caramel will all bring through a different flavour the next morning.
But don’t despair if you don’t have a coffee press, there are plenty of other options. To make cold brewed coffee without a press, simply put the coffee in a glass jar, add water and stir. Cover it and leave it at room temperature overnight. The next morning, strain the coffee through a coffee filter or a fine sieve. This coffee can then be used or put back in the fridge for 24 hours. To make the iced coffee, fill a tall glass with coffee ice cubes, pour over the coffee mixture then add milk and sugar as required.
Flavoured iced coffee
There is nothing to stop you having your favourite coffee variety in an iced version too. Here is an example for Iced Mocha Coffee.
Take two fresh shots of espresso or ¼ cup of freshly brewed coffee and add one and a half tablespoons of cocoa powder and the same amount of sugar. Stir well then add ice until the cup is around ¾ full then top with milk if you like. You can add some whipped cream on the top for a really luxurious drink.
For those who love mint, then a Fresh mint iced coffee may be the perfect match. Firstly, make your cold concentrate by brewing overnight as above and make some coffee ice cubes while you are doing this.
Next morning you will need to make some fresh mint syrup by combining 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, ¾ cup of fresh mint and a vanilla bean with the seeds removed. Boil the mixture until the sugar dissolves then let it bubble for a few minutes. Leave it to cool then strain out the mint leaves and the vanilla pod if you prefer. This will keep in the fridge for a week.
Then you are ready to make the coffee; take the coffee ice cubes, regular ice cubes and add them to a glass then pour over the syrup. Add the coffee concentrate and stir in some cream then top with a few fresh mint leaves.
Iced Caramel Latte
Making an iced caramel latte may sound complicated but by picking up a good caramel sauce, usually from the ice cream toppings department, it is simple. Brew 3 ounces of espresso then add a tablespoon of caramel sauce, 2 tablespoons of white sugar and blend together. Pour ¾ cup of milk and 1 ½ cups of ice into the blender and continue to blend until smooth. You can pour into a glass and added whipped cream.
Don’t forget that most of the brands of coffee machines will have an iced coffee or two in their range. If your machine can work with K-Cups then check out the Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Iced, K-Cup Portion Pack for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 22-Count for an authentic and great tasting iced coffee that can be ready to go in a matter of minutes. Ideal if you haven’t time to prepare something a little more complex!