Y'all know I like a good cup of coffee.
Pretty much any time, anywhere, but mainly in the mornings, sometimes a refresher in the afternoon and when I'm extra daring, coffee after 7pm.
Coffee = good.
Since it's 827 degrees outside around here during the summer, iced coffee is even better. I would occasionally treat myself to a Starbucks iced joe or even a McD's, plain just cream, but I still worried about the mystery calories and evil sugars and then there's the whole cost thing and the whole driving thing in order to indulge. I tried making an iced coffee with my Keurig and the whole piping hot beverage poured immediately over ice only resulted in extremely watered down coffee-tea (though I have heard tell of a K-cup made especially for iced coffee) which was disappointing at best. I decided I would just have to sweat if I drank coffee in the afternoon.
Then I read about Pioneer Woman's version of iced coffee.
And I pondered a while.
And did nothing.
Because that's what I do.
Then a bit later I read about Julie's misadventures in search of perfect iced coffee.
And pondered a while longer, but this time with a little fear.
And did nothing.
Because that's what I do.
Until last week.
I stumbled across a 2.5 inch blurb in the back of last month's O magazine about making iced coffee and was not immediately intimidated by the process or the supplies required (I'm much more likely to actually do something if I already have suitable supplies).
So I tried it.
And I thought it was definitely worth sharing with y'all on the off chance y'all are like me (lazy) and intimidated by the thought of making two gallons of coffee concentrate (and don't have containers that large just hanging around the house and don't want to go shopping) (again, lazy much?) and are afraid of wrangling said two gallons of coffee to strain it and constantly on edge that it will spill all over your kitchen at any moment.
Take 1/2 cup ground coffee.
Pour into medium size bowl; add 1/2 cup cold water. (Sorry for the blur, I was too close to focus I think and trying to hold camera, pour and take a photo was obviously a bit much for me.)
Yes, it looks like sludge. But a it's a delicious sludge.
Add two more cups of water (not pictured, sorry, use your finely honed imagination).
Cover and let sit for twelve hours.
Iced coffee can not be rushed.
Strain coffee mixture into an appropriate storage container of your choice.
I chose my yellow Fiesta pitcher because it makes me happy.
This takes a little while and shouldn't be rushed because then your coffee filter might break.
Not that I'd know about that. Ahem.
Right before this photo was taken I had a moment of terror after all my careful planning and execution.
It almost did me in.
As I was taking the lid off of the coffee sludge container the bowl tipped.
I'm having post traumatic flashbacks as I type this.
Coffee sludge spilled all over the counter.
And all over my camera which was sitting right next to the bowl.
Even though it wasn't two gallons (praise and glory), it was still spreading everywhere. Fast.
Time slowed down and I think I had an out of body experience as I stared at my beloved camera sitting in a puddle of coffee.
I rushed to its rescue and quickly yet lovingly dried it off and knock on wood everything seems A-OK.
Except I still smell coffee when I take photos, which for me is not a terrible thing.
Carefully pour your coffee sludge through a strainer & cheesecloth, if you have those types of things, or rig up a funnel and coffee filters if you don't.
Then y'all are ready for the best part, the part where you get to sample the fruit of your labor (and camera endangerment).
Coffee, even iced coffee, is a personal thing. Everybody has their own favorite ways to doctor it up from milk and sugar to sweetened condensed milk to fancy schmancy syrups.
Hey, power to the people.
Believe it or not, I am a coffee minimalist.
I added ice, a bit of water (remember this is a coffee concentrate) coffee and then a splash of half and half.
Oh, and a straw.
Because straws make life happier.
And bendy straws are even happier.
I'm now on my third batch (since it makes less than PW's version you do have to make it more often) but I have tweaked things a bit and used 1 cup ground coffee, 1 cup water, followed by 4-6 cups water in order to have it last longer.
Which is always a good thing.
Do you like iced coffee?
What do you put in yours to doctor it up?
Have you made your own iced coffee at home? Any tips?