ModernHostess: Icy Cool Iced Coffee
You heard it here first- I am a coffee junkie. If I don’t have a cup in the morning, let’s just say things are not pretty. In fact, it’s probably best if you don’t talk to me at all. I find it very comforting to have a nice, fresh, hot coffee right when I get out of bed… and maybe 1 or 2 more times throughout the day, depending on how the day is going (I stop at 3 though… anything beyond that and I will have the shakes!).
During the summer, I still have my hot cup in the morning, but if I’m drinking any coffee throughout the day, I prefer it to be iced. Some find coffee to be dehydrating… but when it’s iced, I find it so refreshing, especially with a splash of flavor and a touch of sweetness.
I used to think that to make iced coffee, you could just pour hot coffee over ice, and technically, you can… if you want to drink watery coffee. But there is a way to make iced coffee in a way that preserves all of its flavour and does not force you to have to wait until the coffee has cooled. A dear friend of mine who used to work as a barrista taught me the secret: brew it with twice as much coffee as you normally would. That way, when you pour it over ice, it won’t get diluted. So smart!!
Keep in mind- sugar does not dissolve in cold drinks (ever notice how it just accumulates at the bottom of a cold beverage?). So, if you want your coffee sweetened, add the sugar to the hot coffee before pouring it over the ice. Sweeteners do dissolve in cold drinks, but in my opinion, you get a more consistent sweetness from them if you add them to hot liquids rather than cold.
If you’re looking for a little something extra in your coffee, try using flavoured creamers (found in the grocery store next to the milk) or flavoured coffees. Try making your own iced coffee the next time you want a cool drink with a caffeinated kick. Enjoy!!
- Brewed coffee, using twice as much coffee grinds as you normally would
- Ice cubes
- Milk/cream or flavoured creamer
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Add as much milk/cream/creamer as desired to the glass.
- Sweeten coffee with sugar/sweetener to taste.
- Pour coffee over ice and milk, and stir.