Hey, coffee maniac! Are you yearning for a gourmet-tailored cup of iced coffee? If your answer is “yes, please”, we got a special recipe on how to make iced coffee and skip those long Starbucks queues for good.
In a nutshell – the key to the best homemade version of iced coffee is to brew your beans the night before.
First thing in the morning – add a splash of milk over your coffee to it or go for half-half and enjoy the mouth-watering look of milk swirling through the glass.
To add a touch of perfection to this already idyllic scenario, throw in a couple of ice cubes for the most delicious cup of iced coffee.
Forget about hitting the most expensive coffee shop when in desperate need of an iced coffee.
Try out some of our quick, yummy, and budget-friendly recipes listed down below instead!
Why You Should Go For Cold Brew
Traditionally, we make hot coffee from the comfort of our homes and have our iced coffee at Starbucks or another coffee place.
Between the different brewing methods for making iced coffee at home, cold brew turns out to be the best one.
No matter of the quality of your beans, pouring hot coffee over ice cubes would only spoil its flavor.
Secondly, when making your iced coffee cup using hot brew, it’ll produce more oils.
This will result in a more bitter or acidic flavor (which tastes nothing like a real iced coffee).
All of this means that you want your coffee brewed with cold water instead to prevent the dissolvement of the oils and acids within.
Cold water brew retains the sweet coffee compounds and produces a mellow taste with a smooth texture that’s hard to beat.
Get Started with This Easy Cold Brew Iced Coffee Recipe!
How to make iced coffee is not a big deal when you know how to utilize the cold brew method.
Here is the list of things you will need:
- Mason jar
- Filtered water
- Medium coarse ground coffee
- Coffee filter (if you don’t have one, a cheesecloth will do as well)
- Ice cubes
Now, follow these steps to get a mouth-watering glass of iced coffee:
- Take a mason jar and add some ground coffee to it
- Pour in 4 glasses of filtered water
- Stir for a minute or two
- Leave the mix in your fridge overnight
- Strain the grounds through a cheesecloth or a coffee filter into another mason jar or a glass
- Pour milk at your liking over the coffee
- Lay a couple of ice cubes in there
Optionally: If you find your coffee too concentrated, add some more filtered water to dilute it.
You can add some sugar if you have a sweet tooth, as well as some maple syrup.
How To Make Iced Coffee When in a Hurry?
Even though cold brew is our top choice, we realize that you might not have those spare 12 hours when craving iced coffee right here, right now!
So, in this case, we will use hot coffee, as this your best bet for making some java in swift fashion.
Note: Brewing your coffee in hot water for an extended period of time will only make it bitter.
When applying the hot water technique, go for a short and quick brew.
Also, we highly advise you to cool down your coffee as much as possible before pouring it over ice.
For starters, you will need brewed, hot coffee and a heat-proof container.
Here’s how to do it:
- Brew some coffee
- Pour a lot of ice into your heat-proof container and pour the coffee on top
- If you don’t have another container, transfer the coffee and ice into a glass, then return it to the first container
- Repeat the process a couple of times, and voila – your hot coffee would have cooled down in just a few minutes
- Pour it in a glass, add a straw and relish your drink
Tips On Making Iced Coffee Out Of Hot Coffee
- Use a glass designed to handle shock
When pouring your coffee over ice cubes, something rather unpleasant might happen – the glass can break.
In order to prevent a mess in your kitchen, get yourself a shock-resistant mug.
- Go for medium to dark roast coffee
Nothing beats a rich flavor of an iced coffee made of medium to dark roast (Arabica, for example).
- Use sugar water or liquid sugar sweetener
When making your iced coffee cup out of hot coffee, it would be best to add some sugary water or a liquid sweetener to it, rather than adding plain sugar.
That’s because sugar doesn’t dissolve well in cold liquids, while sugary water would add the note of goodness you crave for.
How To Make Iced Coffee With A Blender?
If you are hoping to achieve a similar teste to the legendary Starbucks iced coffee of iced coffee (if not even better) in a couple of minutes, do this:
- Brew your coffee
- Pour it into a blender
- Add some milk
- Add crushed ice cubes
- Add maple syrup, vanilla – whatever flavorings you like
- Wait for about 10 seconds to let it blend
- Serve in a glass
Thank us later!
Is Iced Coffee Good For You?
Yes due to the fact that iced coffee contains fewer acids than hot coffee, making it easier to digest.
Thus, if drinking hot coffee upsets your stomach and is the issue isn’t caffeine-related, then your belly will totally love iced coffee.
So yeah, iced coffee adds another layer of health benefits associated with drinking java.
If you are a passionate coffee fan and can’t go without two or more cups a day, maybe you should make the second (or third) cup of java a cold one!
Iced coffee also doesn’t have as much caffeine, which lowers blood pressure and doesn’t disrupt your sleep.
Besides, the fact that it contains less caffeine means that iced coffee is richer in phenolic compounds and magnesium.
All of them are good for your blood pressure.
Now that you know how to make iced coffee like a pro, the next cup you make will match and even exceed the standard quality of the iced coffee from a coffee shop.
So tell us, are you patient enough to wait for your iced coffee cup overnight?
How do you like it best?
Are you on the cold brew team’s side?
We would LOVE to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment in the section below.
Did somebody say coffee? Two shots of espresso for me, thanks. Oh, nevermind – I’m Simon, nice to e-meet you, dear CoffeeLifior! I like to write, drink coffee and I believe in Jesus. Highly-caffeinated drinks are my thing, but you can occasionally see me sip on decaf (my wife never finishes her coffee). Speaking of which, I’m off to grab another cup of caffeinated goodness now, laters!