It’s no secret that I love coffee. Aside from water it’s my favorite beverage, which is why I even took the time to write about my favorite coffee maker for all my fellow coffee lovers. I love coffee in the morning. I love it in the afternoon. I love coffee on a Tuesday. I love it on a cold winter’s day and I love it when it’s super hot outside. While coffee is definitely at the top of my list of favorite things to drink, no matter where I am or what time of day it is, I do try to stop sipping the java at least seven hours before bedtime or I end up having trouble falling asleep. And I like my sleep, so this is a rule I usually stick to pretty religiously even though I’m not religious. Except when it comes to my coffee. Anyway.
Since my love for coffee runs pretty deep you can probably already guess that I’m a little picky about what I drink. As a matter of fact, in most cases I prefer to drink my coffee at home because I brew my favorite brand in my favorite brewer and pour it into one of my favorite mugs and it tastes way better than anything I can purchase at a drive-thru window. It’s much cheaper, too, so there’s also that. The one thing I’ve done more this summer than in years past is drink more iced coffee. I’ve never been a huge fan of cold coffee, so I’ve usually just sweated my way through a hot cup of coffee even when the temperature outside is 80 degrees, but this summer has been different. Nick likes iced coffee so I decided to figure out how to make it at home, almost as perfectly as I make the hot version.
Let’s face it, when you order an iced beverage at your favorite coffee shop they often just fill the cup with ice cubes and pour in some hot brewed coffee, hand you the cup and a straw, and hope you won’t notice how warm your iced coffee is and how watered down it ends up tasting. Well I’ve noticed and it bugs me, so I came up with a way to make refreshing iced coffee at home that Nick loves and I’ve even been known to enjoy from time to time.
- Brew a fresh pot of coffee, follow step #2, then pour the rest into a container with a lid and store it in the fridge. But wait, there’s an important step BEFORE you put the hot coffee into the fridge. If you’re the type to add sugar to your iced coffee then you probably already know that sugar doesn’t dissolve all that well in a cold drink, so I actually add some sugar to the hot coffee and stir until it’s dissolved and then put it in the fridge. You end up with pre-sweetened iced coffee and no need to add anymore sugar (unless you have a sweet tooth, which I’m not judging) when you’re ready to pour a glass.
- This step is the one I like to pat myself on the back for the most because, well, it’s really pretty genius. Remember how I mentioned that ice cubes always seem to water down a perfectly good iced coffee? Well, that won’t happen if you make COFFEE ICE CUBES. I mean, really, this just makes perfect sense, am I right? Go ahead and let that sink in for a minute. Coffee ice cubes. Can’t you just imagine the extra caffeine goodness as it slowly melts in your glass? I know, I know. You’re welcome.
I can only hope that my little tips will help you enjoy some delicious iced coffee at home this summer because we coffee lovers are all in this together and because friends don’t let friends drink warm, watered down iced coffee.