Made at Home: Iced Coffee


Yesterday I spilled an entire thermos of coffee in my schoolbag. Thankfully, the thermos only housed my auxiliary coffee supply so I still had another tumbler of coffee with me (my addiction knows no bounds). Let me tell you, using the air dryer to dry your coffee-soaked backpack in the girl’s washroom is not fun. Neither is having to explain to people why your backpack leaves brown puddles wherever it goes.

Despite the whole messy experience, I won’t be cutting back on coffee anytime soon, but I will be staying away from my thermos. It’s a good thing that coffee is just as delicious cold as it is hot. In fact, iced coffee happens to be one of my and Mike’s favorite drinks. It’s easy to make, inexpensive, and crazy delicious.

We’ve experimented with a lot of different ice coffee recipes, and think we’ve come up with one that any friend of coffee would love (the recipe is largely based on one found here, with some changes). So if you’re in the mood to try something new, we recommend the following recipe:

For 6 large servings
10 cups water
2/3 cup ground coffee
2 tablespoons spices (we love using: vanilla, cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon)
Sweetened condensed milk to taste (optional)
Place water, coffee, and spices in a large container. Stir and let sit in the fridge overnight. The next day, spread some cheese cloth over a large pitcher or other large container, and pour the mixture into it. To serve, discard the cheesecloth and pour the mix from the pitcher/container into individual glasses. For a sweet/creamy taste, add in some sweetened condensed milk. Pop a few ice cubes in, stir, sip, and enjoy!


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