If your idea of "iced coffee" is "let my hot coffee get cold" then we need to talk, honey, you deserve better. Making great iced coffee or a cold brew is not difficult ̵
It can seem like a huge production to make the stuff fresh at home, but once you are an ice cream master and it is easier than it sounds), you will not only maximize your chill, but you will also suddenly have a wonderful toolkit that floats through the hot months on a wave of taste buds.
There are countless ways to make iced coffee, but if you want to do something right, you have to weigh your options and really focus: sharpen your skills on one or two techniques instead of playing with a dozen different brewers.
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I recommend learning two main preparation styles: pour over ice and cool down . Think of them as the poached egg and the scrambled eggs of iced coffee. Iced pour-over is usually lighter, more delicate, more nuanced and pays more attention to the preparation. Cold brewing is great for getting ahead and is good both upright and raised.
Whether you want to hone your cool caffeine skills or just take your morning break to the next level, here are a few things to do before brewing.
Know how much time you have
If you are in a hurry, an ice cold pour 100% is the way to get you out the door: it takes about three to four minutes to make this type of iced coffee because you are actually hot concentrate that drips directly onto ice. (The ice has a dual function, diluting the concentrate to perfection while cooling it at the same time.)
This method is great for upright sipping – it allows more delicate flavors to pass through the coffee – and is a quick way to blend in to make iced coffee in the blink of an eye. You can even use the principles of the manual brewing technique to make automatically drip iced coffee. Do a little simple math to calculate the ice to water ratio, put the ice in the brewing jar and go. Try this Japanese-style iced coffee recipe
Cold brew, on the other hand, can be portioned when it's done, but it takes about 12 to 24 hours of prep time. The stronger chocolate flavor of this iced coffee style is generally more resistant to add-ons, mix-ins and other fun variations than better than iced pour-over. Try this easy cold-brewed coffee recipe.
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Remember that ice cream is an ingredient
In fact, ice cream is one of the few ingredients. And if you're an absolute purist (and / or advocate hard and fast definitions), it's one of only two ingredients in iced coffee – that is, coffee and water. However, the solid-state H2O that goes into your brew can have a make-or-break effect on your finished drink.
So definitely use good, drinkable water and ice cube trays that are clean and not smelly. Also make sure you have a fresh freezer. If you have last month's lentil soup, your iced coffee will taste like last month's lentil soup.
I like a completely pristine, clear cube in mine because it is so easy to elevate the glass. Every coffee should feel like a special occasion, you know what I mean? Buy this perfect ice cream recipe.
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Don't be afraid to get chic
Speaking of ice, who says it should be just water? Feel free to add a little spice to your iced coffee by making special ice cubes: mix some simple syrup with the water or vanilla syrup; try adding a few fresh herbs (mint is actually very good with some delicate iced coffee); freeze sweetened condensed milk or chocolate milk for a sweet treat. Live big.
A few more ideas: This vanilla ice cube recipe combines almond milk, sugar, and vanilla bean seeds; Chowhound's frozen recipe with fortified coffee shots (pictured above) could also work as a meta ice cube, so long as you don't sip your drink on a workday morning (on the other hand, the Kahlua share isn't ] Do some simple math (and I mean s imple )
Look, I get it Every recipe for iced coffee around the world seems really complicated and mathematical Really good coffee is actually quite complicated and mathematical but honestly you can combine it quite easily once you have learned the basics. For ice cold, pour the amount of iced coffee you want at the end – say you want to brew 20 grams, to share with a friend – and divide it into 2/3 (the amount of hot water you are going to brew with) and 1/3 (the amount of ice). The math of Cold Brew is much simpler, because there are only two ingredients. (No annoying ice!) Either way, don't get stuck in arithmetic just et it. Read more: How to make a coffee station at home to make your mornings better
Look, I get it Every recipe for iced coffee around the world seems really complicated and mathematical Really good coffee is actually quite complicated and mathematical but honestly you can combine it quite easily once you have learned the basics.
For ice cold, pour the amount of iced coffee you want at the end – say you want to brew 20 grams, to share with a friend – and divide it into 2/3 (the amount of hot water you are going to brew with) and 1/3 (the amount of ice). The math of Cold Brew is much simpler, because there are only two ingredients. (No annoying ice!) Either way, don't get stuck in arithmetic just et it.
Read more: How to make a coffee station at home to make your mornings better
Or shake it
Don't feel like whipped cream? (What's wrong with you?) We're still striving for greatness here, and greatness can be achieved in many ways. Pour your iced coffee of your choice into a cocktail shaker, let yourself taste a nice little bit of sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk or light cream, fill it with ice and shake the dickens out. Instant treat performance unlocked.
Boozy alternative: make this porter cold coffee recipe (which shouldn't be shaken).
Or really mix it up
You can also use iced coffee to inform and infuse a whole Host of Best Drinks of Your Life: Turn it one and a half by combining the perfect pour-over iced coffee with some lightly sweetened fresh lemonade. Start with a lightly roasted, floral-flavored coffee and trust me, it's heavenly.
Almost everyone raises an eyebrow at the beginning when they have "iced coffee lemonade". but when you think about it, why is iced coffee even crazier than iced tea? And this combination is sometimes referred to as a "Laura Palmer" as a nod to both Arnold Palmer (for whom the famous iced tea / lemonade combination was named) and Twin Peaks.
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Or use cold brew concentrate instead of some of the bitters in your favorite cocktail: maybe a little upper / downer Manhattan? Cold brew goes very well with the warm oak and vanilla tones in bourbon, whiskey and whiskey. Try this bourbon cocktail recipe with cold brews.
But don't worry about it at all
No matter how you decide to brew it, remember that iced coffee needs to be chilled in more ways than one. Relax, enjoy and stay caffeinated, my friend.
The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care professional if you have questions about a medical condition or health goals.