The mornings are starting to get warmer and I find myself less and less interested in the usual hot cup of coffee in the morning. I have been craving a cold caffeinated treat in the morning instead. Iced coffee is definitely one of my favorite summertime beverages.
And is way easier to make than you think! It doesn't even require special tools...all you need is a
You could buy a toddys that is designed specifically for cold brewing & it would run you about $30+, but they really aren't necessary to make an awesome cold brew! All you need is a french press or a mason jar.
The cold brewing process eliminates about 60% of the acidity in traditional hot coffee, which I am sure my acid reflux will thank me for. It also makes a nice smooth coffee that tends to be less bitter that a traditional brew. Another thing I love about this method is that it makes several cups of coffee in one super easy shot and stays fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks. It's perfect because my coffee is just waiting for me when I wake up with no fuss. If you are in the mood for hot coffee, you can easily heat it up and enjoy the benefits of the less acidic, smooth brew!
All you need is:
2/3 cup ground coffee (ideally corse ground)
3 cups cold water
1 teaspoon brown sugar*
Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or french press & give it a shake.
Steep for 12-24 hours on the counter or in the refridgerator
Using cheesecloth, strain out all the coffee grounds and store in the fridge.
This will create a nice strong coffee which I love, but you can also add a bit of water to dilute the strength. Add your favorite cream and/or sugar and a bit of ice and enjoy! This recipe makes about 4-6 cups of coffee depending on if you dilute it or not, so stick it in the fridge for a no fuss chilled coffee!
*Brown sugar is totally optional, but I like that it adds a bit of sweetness and depth to the brew!