Wouldn’t you just love to have iced coffee available any time of the day, any day of the week? I do!!
Cold brewed coffee is my favorite. It’s smooth and delicious, not bitter at all. You can make a big batch of coffee in as little as 5 minutes. Let it sit for a day or overnight on the counter while you go about your business and let it work it’s magic. When it’s done, strain it and you’re set for a couple weeks worth of coffee.
I first learned how to make cold brewed coffee this way from The Pioneer Woman. Her recipe makes a huge batch though and I didn’t have a container big enough so when I first started experimenting with cold brewing big batches, I made about half. It lasts me about 3 weeks depending on how many cups I need each day and how large the cup. Some days I just drink it straight from a pitcher. Just kidding! (Though I have thought about it.) You can use any coffee you like. I’ve made this with bold roasts and light roasts. Cold brewed coffee is so much better than traditionally brewed coffee. When you try this, you will love it and you may not be able to drink iced coffee any other way.
After I make my big batch of cold brewed coffee I pour it into my glass beverage dispenser (found at Home Goods for $17.99) and keep it in the refrigerator. It’s always on hand. Come over. Seriously, any time of day. It’s there. Always! I need it to survive….
For this batch I used Cafe Du Monde’s Coffee with Chicory. I should have doubled the batch and used the whole container because the girls got their hands on it while I was showering yesterday and did this…
Just a warning if you have small, mischievous children like me. Alright, back to brewing….
- 8 oz ground coffee (any kind, medium or fine ground)
- 4 qts cold water
- flavored syrup
- Place ground coffee into a large container. Pour in cold water. Stir mixture gently to thoroughly wet all grounds. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over the top of another container. Cover strainer with cheesecloth. When 8 hours have passed pour coffee over cheesecloth into container, catching all the coffee grounds. Use a spoon to gently press the grounds to push through all the liquid. Pour coffee in a pitcher or desired container and store it in the refrigerator.
- To make the perfect iced coffee, fill a glass with ice and fill about 3/4 full with cold coffee. Add a tablespoon or more of your favorite flavored syrup and top off with cold milk. Give it a stir and enjoy!