Recipe | Homemade Iced Coffee
Alright coffee lovers, this one is for you! You know who you are: the folks who can’t function in the morning without your daily cup-o-joe. Sometimes, I wish I were like you. I wish I liked the taste of coffee. It smells so SO good and some days I could really use a magical, miracle drink to wake me up properly. But alas, no matter how many sugary or chocolatey incarnations I try, I simply have never enjoyed the bitter taste of coffee.
If missing out on the general social experience of a morning coffee wasn’t enough, the boyfriend and housemates are obsessed. They are on a first name basis with all the barista’s in our area. We have not only a proper coffee machine, but also a bean grinder. Not to mention the bags upon bags of boutique, high end beans that line our pantry. My mornings begin in a haze of whirring machinery and rich, earthy scents. As you are probably gathering, I am the odd one out in my house. When everyone around me is enjoying their warm liquid wake up call, I am still stumbling around the house grumbling and silently cursing the day.
In these times, my only saving grace is iced coffee. Not that it is my favourite thing, but if it is sugary and milky enough, I have at least a small gateway down through the rabbit hole to caffinated Wonderland. So it was only natural that my desire to be included would lead me to conjuring up a home-made recipe (Look at me everybody! I used the coffee machine!) Everything about this recipe can be tailored to your liking, so I’ve tried to stay away from using strict measurements. A serve for me includes only one or two coffee ice cubes and a metric tonne of milk, cream and sugar, but for the coffee lovers (ie: what is pictured), you’re looking at a richer more balanced coffee flavour. Either way, this one is a winner if you have even a hint of love for that ‘magic’ bean….
|INGREDIENTS:Black Coffee, cooled
Sugar or sweeteners
Ice cube trays
|1. Brew a pot of hot coffee in your usual method and allow to cool to room temperature. Use whatever coffee is your preference, but the nicer the coffee the nicer the end result will be, so don’t scrimp on the flavour! If you like your coffee on the sweeter side, add in some sugar or sweetener at this point.2. Pour coffee into your ice cube tray and place in the freezer to harden overnight. Place any left over coffee into an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for later.3. When the ice cubes are ready, fill into a tall glass to serve.
4. If you like your coffee stronger, half fill the glass with the cold left over coffee (or else skip this step if you want a creamier iced coffee)
5. Place 1 cup of milk and 2 - 3 tablespoons of cream in a bowl and whisk together until foamy (if you have one of those protein shakers with the wire mixing ball that will work perfectly too!). Add the milk to your coffee to taste, remembering as the ice cubes melt, they will make your coffee stronger, so keep some milk mixture aside to keep adding as you go.
6. Serve with a pretty straw. If you’re feelin’ really fancy, why not top with whipped cream?