Friday, July 24, 2009

Homemade Iced Coffee "My New Addiction"

It's no secret that I adore Starbucks. Adoring is one thing and affording it is a whole different story. If I ran to Starbucks every time I had the urge I would definitely be broke. To satisfy my cravings I have learned to recreate some of my favorite coffee drinks right here at home.
 
White chocolate mocha is my all time favorite so that was so fun to make a Copy Cat Version. I really got on a buying frenzy for all the different flavored coffee syrups I could get my hands on. It's so fun experimenting with different recipes and flavors.

Recently I learned to make Iced Coffee. If you are not a lover of Iced Coffee this recipe just might change your mind. Iced coffee can be a refreshing afternoon treat, especially if it is really hot outside. Maybe you want to cool down and still get your caffeine fix. If that's true, then iced coffee is the way to go.

I saw this recipe over at Southern Plate. It's been a couple months, but I hadn't forgotten about it. For some reason a couple weeks back I was craving some iced coffee and remembered this recipe. 

It was so easy to make, the coffee will need to brew on the counter for about 10-12 hours so plan ahead. Once you have the first taste you will be hooked just like me. I have been brewing this coffee off and on for two weeks, I am defiantly addicted to this stuff.

If you're a Iced Coffee lover than you need to try your hand at making it yourself. Your pocket book will thank you. I was so surprised that I had all the ingredients needed to make this right at home. The flavored syrups can be purchased at your local Walmart in the coffee isle.


Let's get started and I will show you how easy this is to make. You will need 1 cup of ground coffee. Place the grounds in a 32 oz jar. I use a big quart size mason jar.

Fill jar with water leave about 1-inch head space.


Place lid on jar and give it a shake to make sure all grounds are wet. Now just sit the jar on your counter for at least twelve hours. I usually brew mine at night and strain it in the morning


The next morning you will need your strainer, 2 large coffee filters and a bowl or large measuring cup to hold the coffee as it strains. Line strainer with a coffee filter.


Pour coffee in the filter and let it strain through a little at a time. I usually do half with one filter and the other half with the second filter. This process can take a bit of time to strain through.


Using this method, a quart sized jar yields about a pint and a half of concentrate. Store you concentrate in the refrigerator until ready to use. Personally I am always ready to have a cup right then and there.


To prepare pour four ounces of coffee concentrate into a large glass add four ounces of milk. (Skim, Whole, 2% whichever you prefer). Fill with ice and Sugar or Splenda mix with a spoon and drink. I like to add a splash of coffee flavoring to mine vanilla and caramel are my favorite I use 1/2 to 1 capful per glass.


Yummy & Refreshing.



Homemade Iced Coffee

1 - cup ground coffee

1 - 32 ounce container (1 quart mason jar)
water
strainer
large basket type coffee filters (about 2)
gourmet flavored syrup (optional but so good)

Place ground coffee in container, fill with cold water. Cover and let sit for twelve to fifteen hours. Place strainer over large bowl and put coffee filter inside. 

Slowly pour over about half of the coffee and let sit until strained. Replace filter and repeat. To make regular coffee: place equal parts coffee concentrate and water in cup and heat.

To make iced coffee: Place equal parts concentrate and milk in glass. Add ice, sweetened as desired. You may find my preference for iced coffee a bit strong for you so leave room to add some water to weaken it if need be. Add sugar or sugar substitute and any flavored syrup of your choice.

This concentrate is not just for iced coffees. You can also use it to make hot coffee in the morning without all of the brewing. 

This is perfect for those who have problems with traditional coffee being too harsh on their stomachs. Simply mix equal parts concentrate and water, heat and go!

Cooks Note:
This concentrate will easily keep a month or more in your fridge with no change in flavor.

36 comments:

Chow and Chatter said... #

looks good you could also just brew some coffee let it cool and put it in the fridge or make frappe take a spoon of granulated coffee and blend with one spoon sugar in a little water. then add milk or water with ice, try it its cool it will froth its self!

Rebecca

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Umm Rebecca that sounds so good as well. I am getting addicted to all these coffee drinks!!!!

Heidi said... #

That looks so good! I love coffee but all those fancy ones get so expensive. You solved that problem! I can't wait to give this a try :)

girliegirl said... #

This looks delicious! I love iced coffee and I've seen recipes where you use espresso etc. and I don't have any fancy equipment so this sounds perfect.

Thanks,
Carey

Susan said... #

That looks so good.

Do you have a Kroger or A Bigg's near you? They have Vanilla Syrup.

I use their Dutch Chocolate Syrup / flavoring in my drinks.

Susan

Robin said... #

Oh I love iced coffees- I usually use the leftover coffee we have- chill it- add ice and any of the flavored creamers we have in the fridge..they all taste wonderful! And you don't have to run out to get one..its right in your own kitchen and fridge! Thanks Tina..I love the gingerbread one..and will have to try the vanilla...when no one else is at home..or else I will have to share..hahaha..

Julie Pia said... #

You rock girlfriend!!!!

I'm always looking for a cheaper way to enjoy my iced coffee. This tops them all. Thanks for the great idea. I love reading your blog. You are awesome. Thanks!

loves....

Frogmama said... #

Wow - I don't like coffee, but I almost wish I did after reading your post. I sent it on to my coffee drinker friends :)

Amber said... #

I had gotten that recipe too and am addicted. Your pics are so nice!

Libby said... #

Wow! I had no clue iced coffee was that easy to make :) I may have to try this :)

Sophie said... #

Excellent in the moring when it is very hot to cool down a bit!!

Yummie too!

GinGin said... #

I found your blog today and I love your recipes. I too live in Texas and love southern food. I make many of the same recipes. I am eager to try your iced coffee today. Thanks for sharing your really neat ideas. GinGi

Leslie said... #

"adoring and affording" lol..aint that the truth!!!

Carrie said... #

I am completely addicted to iced coffee too, but I've been buying it!! I can't wait to try this recipe!!!

Just a little something from Judy said... #

I am thrilled to receive this recipe considering I have an "anyway to get coffee" addiction. This looks like such a great idea. Once again, thank you for sharing it, and making it possible to print it.

Denise said... #

Just found your blog tonight and am having a great time looking around... so many yummy recipes, I can't wait to start trying some. I have a ton of zucchini from our garden this year, I might have to make some relish ;-)
I've book marked your site so I can visit often.

Susie Jefferson said... #

Just having a good look through your wonderful blog and found your recipe for the CopyCat Starbucks Mocha recipe and the link for the Home Brew iced coffee.... I am truly in HEAVEN! You wouldn't believe what Starbucks costs over here in the UK, and I do so love the iced coffee.

This is totally brilliant, and I thank you so much for sharing!

Megan said... #

I just made an ice coffee recipe that we love but I'll have to try it this way too. Your way is less fatting! :)

♥peachkins♥ said... #

Oh this is good..

Lukrisi said... #

I just discovered a slightly different version. Make up your coffee, freeze it in ice cube trays, blend it, equal parts milk and coffee cubes. It's a great iced cappuccino!

Here's a link to the recipe:
http://wandawhoopiecushion.blogspot.com/2010/05/what-i-did-this-morning-or-what-you.html

Julie said... #

I discovered this recipe at Southern Plate last summer. It instantly became a daily habit!

Anonymous said... #

I use to make iced coffee and regular coffee this way, but have decided to just brew my coffee, put in my sugar substitute, and dried milk and refrigerate. The dried milk is so you don't need concentrated coffee. Lots easier then filtering coffee and gives a better flavor.

But some say they like the cold brew coffee better--less acid.

Ali the CIA shopper said... #

Just tried this over the weekend and we are hooked. I have found other recipes on here that I planning on trying this week. Glad you are on Twitter as well...that way I can keep up with all your new posts!

Rebecca said... #

Just found your blog and wanted to say that I love iced coffee too!! If you have a coffee press, you can do away with the filtering. Sometimes you can find them used at thrift or garage sales. Cold brewing the coffee tastes so much better and "mellower" than just chilling already brewed coffee.

Need to buy some flavored syrups though!

Caitlin said... #

oooh wow thank you so much for this! im in the UK but im pretty certain i can try this! i love iced coffee and was dying to make my own! thank you!

Joy B said... #

Hey there! This recipe sounds so good, can't wait to try it! I've posted it on my blog, hope you don't mind!

http://tomorrowsmemorieskjlb.blogspot.com/2010/12/homemade-iced-coffee-recipe-from-mommys.html

XoXoXo
Joy

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said... #

Dunkin Donuts site has an easy recipe for iced coffee we both like. Now I Want some! =)

Nikki said... #

Having a glass right now with no sugar & about a teaspoon of vanilla syrup! YUM!
Thank you!

Nicole said... #

You have SO many recipes, and many of them look SO good. I am not a very good cook, so I find this sort of thing fascinating but also very intimidating. I am going to try my hand at cooking some of your recipes, I can't screw it up if I'm following directions! I LOVE Starbucks, but you're right, it's way too expensive. Can you do a home version of their petite vanilla scones?

Joy Burkhart said... #

Hey Tina! It finally got warm enough for me to try your iced coffee. MAN, is this good! Can ya guess what I'll be drinking when I work outside now? Thanks so much for the recipe!
XoXoXo
Joy

Naomi said... #

I used this recipe for the coffee, then made my own vanilla syrup and enjoyed a lovely Vanilla Latte! So thank you for this recipe, it was exactly what was missing!

Danielle Stevens said... #

This recipe is something that us in the coffee business call Toddy. It's a highly concentrated/caffeinated form of coffee. This is sure to make you wake up in the morning! Great job!

Crystal said... #

To those who compare this to brewing hot coffee then letting it cool, there is no comparison. When you are making iced coffee this method is far superior vs brewing it hot which produces a more acidic taste. This is much smoother and just tastes better. Try it and see :)

Marsha Baker said... #

WOW! I am wild about iced coffee...especially during the summertime. This process makes me laugh out loud, and I sure can't wait to try it. I have some sugar free caramel syrup that's about gone so I need to make this soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

Food Suppliers said... #

Awesome Recipe..

Meggan said... #

You are my hero. I am not even kidding. I've been wasting so much money at Dunkin getting their caramel iced coffee this summer (I'm a broke college student), and your recipe has just saved my life and my money. Haha thanks so much!