Easy-Peasy Iced Coffee


How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

Summer of 2016 will forever be remembered in my life as, “The Summer of Iced Coffee.”

I’m serious.

Anywhere from around 1:00-3:00 pm, I start to feel sorry for my tired self. I’m tempted to throw a little pity party for my tired self. I remember how many times I was up last night with a newborn or other kid shenanigans. I reminisce on the days when my kids actually napped. I start fantasizing about a long, uninterrupted nap and then feel even more sorry for myself when I realize it’s probably not going to happen for at least another five years.

But then. I remember.
How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

I have iced coffee in the fridge.

It’s not a big deal, but, it’s kind of a big deal.

So, sleepy mama friends of mine, perk up. Iced coffee is on the way. Here’s how to make your own batch that can hang out in the fridge for weeks–weeks I tell you!

How to make your own iced coffee

In a large container of some type, dump in one pound of strong, ground up coffee.

 

 

 

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Add 16 cups of water. Everyone does it a little different but I’ve read that most people recommend a four to one ratio. So four cups of water for every cup of ground coffee. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Experiment to see what kind of concentration you prefer.

How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

Since some of it will still be dry on top, get a big ol’ spoon and stir it up.

How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

Now, cover it up and be patient. For like, 12 hours. It’s not that long. You can do it.

How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

Ding ding ding. 12 hours has gone by and it’s time to strain the coffee grounds out. Using a mesh strainer like this will allow grounds to sneak through. (They are sneaky, I tell you!)

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I used a cheesecloth on top of my mesh strainer and it worked quite well. If you don’t have a cheese cloth on hand (because lets be honest, most people don’t), you can get away with using a paper towel. Do what you must!

How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

Once you’ve strained all of your coffee through, add it to a pitcher of some type and store it by covering the top.

How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

When you’re ready to make a glass (i.e. it’s late afternoon and you can hardly keep your eyes open), start with about half a glass of ice.

How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

Fill it about 1/2-2/3 full of your coffee concentrate.

How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

Now, finish it off with whole milk. Or, if you’re feeling naughty, some half and half or heavy cream.

How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

Look how pretty it is going in!

How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

I top mine with half a teaspoon of sugar. OK, maybe a whole teaspoon if it’s a big glass. Guilty as charged for having a sweet tooth. Stir it up and enjoy.

How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

Oh, happy day. Iced coffee, I love thee.

How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving HomeHow to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

If you like this, you’ll probably like our Quick Fix Vanilla Latte too. Check it out!

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Easy-Peasy Iced Coffee
 
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Need an afternoon pick me up? Make a batch of this yummy iced coffee. You can store the concentrate for over a week in the fridge. Just add milk and ice when you're ready for a cup.
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Serves: 16 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 pound coffee grounds (a strong roast)
  • 16 cups water
  • cream of some type (milk, half & half, etc.)
  • Sweetener of choice
Instructions
  1. In a large container or bowl, mix coffee grounds with water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 12 hours.
  2. Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth or paper towel and set it over a pitcher or bowl. Pour mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.
  3. Place coffee concentrate in the fridge and allow to cool.
  4. To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass ⅔ full with coffee liquid. Add creamer and sweetener. Taste and adjust as needed.

 


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Comments

  1. Jolene says

    How long does the concentrate last? Or rather how long is it good for 😉 Probably won’t last too long around here!

    • Polly says

      Well, I don’t really have a scientific answer for you on that one. In my experience, if kept covered, it probably last a few weeks. Don’t hold me to that though 🙂

  2. Laurie says

    I enjoy my iced coffee with a little bit (okay, a lot) of chocolate almond milk. 🙂

    • Polly says

      Mmmm. It’d almost be like an iced mocha. Delish!

  3. Heather says

    I have been on an iced coffee kick too this summer, it is way better than hot, yum! Especially with a little vanilla….mmmmm…..

    • Polly says

      Oooh, going to have to try that next time. I need to make my next batch soon!

  4. Sandra says

    I love cold brew, but it makes me super jittery so I can’t drink it. Have you tried rapid brewed ice coffee? It’s essentially the same as pour-over, except you pour over a glass filled with ice. Delicious! Easy! And not as caffeinated as cold brew!

    • Polly says

      I haven’t! I don’t have problems with the jitters though. Probably a sign I have too much caffeine in my life, yea?

  5. Jessi says

    You could freeze some of your iced coffee in ice cube trays, then as your ice melts it doesn’t water down your glorious beverage! Iced coffee on a summer afternoon is the best!