I started making my own iced coffee, because it’s cheaper and less of a hassle than to buy it somewhere. And, I actually like my own better than what I buy in the coffee shops (if I may say so myself) so I thought I’d share my very easy recipe here.
To be honest, I’m actually more of a tea drinker. I love my gigantic morning mug of steaming hot tea so much that I sometimes look forward to it already when I go to bed at night! But these past few weeks have been so painfully hot and humid around here (I love heat, but even I need a break at this point) that a hot cup of anything is the last thing you want.
So I decided to try to make my own ice coffee instead. Luckily, one of my husband’s co-workers had given him a big bag of really fancy espresso coffee beans, and a friend gave me a coffee grinder so we were all set to start experimenting.
I didn’t have any regular sugar – I don’t like sweets and hardly ever make anything that uses it but I do need something sweet in coffee. Luckily, I had some turbinado sugar left over from my homemade ice cream experiments last summer (more on that in future posts) and decided that would have to do. Actually I like that a lot better than plain old white sugar anyway since it adds a slight caramelly flavor.
So we brewed, we chilled, and loved the result. Those espresso beans are so good and the smell in the kitchen when you grind them – yum! It will definitely be our caffeinated drink of choice this summer.
I’ve tried making it with the addition of some Swedish vanilla sugar as well, but I didn’t like how that turned out. Plain and simple is best in my opinion. Although I was wondering how a little bit of rum extract would be… maybe I’ll try that some day.