I’m a huge fan of coffee, but never found an iced coffee that’s worth my time or the calories. Even in the summer I drink the hot stuff, but all of that changed today. Our nanny LOVES iced coffee and was making it by the cup just putting ice cubes in a fresh cup of coffee, but I never thought that would be good. Then again, I’m not one to drink black coffee – where’s the fun in that??? So, low and behold the very first recipe in Ree Drummond’s cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from my Frontier, is for iced coffee. This recipe does take some time, and I made a couple of tweaks, but it is totally worth the effort for a week’s worth of caffeinated life sustaining nectar.
In Ree’s recipe she used 1lb of coffee and 8 quarts of water. Well, I don’t have the storage capacity for big pots or bowls so I halfed the recipe. I still had more than 3 quart-sized mason jars full of concentrated coffee to use for the week.
1/2 lb. of good rich ground coffee (2 1/4 cups)
4 quarts of cold water (16 cups)
1 can of sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free – I’m drinking it after all)
2 tsp of vanilla
Milk or Half and Half
In a large bowl, mix the coffee and water together. Stir the mixture to ensure that all coffee grounds are wet. Set it aside, on the counter, so that it can sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours. Once the coffee concentrate has sat for at least 12 hours, place some cheesecloth in fine mesh strainer. Put the strainer over a seperate bowl large enough for the coffee and slowly pour the coffee concentrate into the strainer to separate the grounds from the coffee itself. In the bowl of coffee concentrate, add 2 tsp of vanilla and gently stir. Set the bowl of coffee in the refrigerator to begin cooling it down. *My coffee didn’t make it to the fridge before I went ahead and poured myself a cup.*
In a cup, add some ice cubes, coffee concentrate, a splash of milk or half and half, and 2-3 tbsp of sweetened condensed milk. Stir it all together. Enjoy!
You can do a lot with this concentrated coffee. You could add syrups if you like mochas or french vanilla coffee….caramel…yummy yummy yummy!