How to make the perfect homemade iced coffee

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How to make the perfect homemade iced coffee
How to make the perfect homemade iced coffee (Getty Thinkstock)

"Iced coffee is a complicated thing, and there are many different approaches. One would think that one could merely pour brewed coffee into a glass full of ice and call it a day…but I find that method extremely flawed."

— – Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

Asummertime staple, quit wasting your hard earned wage at the coffee shop and brew up an iced cold coffee right at home. Making a refreshing caffeine jolt does take a bit more effort than just pouring hot coffee over ice, but now you can learn how to become a barista in just minutes by perfecting this great iced coffee recipe at home.

Mix together 4 litres of cold water with 250g (5lbs) of ground coffee in a large container. You are using just about double the amount of coffee as you normally would use since you want to make a very strong coffee mixture (remember, you will be diluting this mixture even more when you add the ice). Alternatively, you can also use espresso for an extra intense flavour.

Cover and place the mixture in the fridge or in a cool space and let steep, at least 4 hours, but best if it sits overnight. Once it has had time to steep, strain with a piece of cheesecloth on top of a fine mesh strainer. This may take about 20 minutes for the coffee to fully seep through the strainer.

Once strained, now the mixture is ready to serve. Fill a tall glass with ice and pour in the coffee mixture. Add in milk, a flavoured syrup, sugar (or another sweetener) and give a good stir. Stick a straw in the glass and enjoy.

Tips and warnings

  • - For a sweeter version, do as the Vietnamese do and add sweet condensed milk. - You can follow a hot brew method by brewing very strong coffee, letting it cool (to become room temperature), and pouring it over ice. - Extra coffee can be frozen in ice cube trays for consumption at a later time. - While this batch makes 16 cups of iced coffee, you can cut down this recipe and measure 5 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 4 cups of water.

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