Perfect Iced Coffee

I LOVE coffee.  I like it iced, smooth, creamy, and without a hint of bitterness.  Not an easy task. That is, until I found this recipe by The Pioneer Woman.

She cold brews it.  This means you need to plan ahead, as it has to sit overnight.  But it is 100% worth it!  It takes away that bitter taste that most iced coffee has.

I have a bowl that is actually devoted to iced coffee, as it is nice and huge.  I also don’t have any pictures of “the making of” as I did it about midnight the night before.

Recipe for Perfect Iced Coffee

adapted from the Pioneer Woman

Pour 1/2 pound ground coffee (I love Peet’s- I like to use the good stuff!) into a large bowl and cover with 4 quarts (1 gallon) filtered water.  Stir so that all the grounds are submerged, cover, and let sit for 8-12 hours.

Strain over cheesecloth or paper towels into a pitcher, cover and put it into the fridge.  This will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge.  She keeps it up to a month, but I find that after about two weeks it starts tasting bitter.  I might be a bit of a coffee snob…

I actually make one pitcher of caffeinated and one of decaf so that I can indulge at night as well…

Please don’t pay attention to the crazy yard in the background!

When you are ready to indulge in your new “happy drink” fill your cup with ice, and pour.  I like my drinks REALLY cold, so I make sure its full of ice.

I also like it creamy, so I leave room at the top, and pour milk, half and half, or cream (depending on how bad my day is).

I find I don’t need to sweeten it since it isn’t at all bitter.  But if you roll that way, feel free to add sugar, honey, vanilla, or even sweetened condensed milk for a little extra WOW.

Next is the crucial step…

Get your self a nice straw, stir, put on your headphones, and pretend like you’re at a coffee shop all alone.  Take at least 5 minutes of quiet time, take some deep breaths, and prepare yourself to face the day.  Good luck!

If you’re looking for something else to cool you off, check out my perfect iced tea, homemade vitamin water or blackberry lime cooler!  You can also follow me on Facebook, or via email or rss to get more great recipes.

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