Friday, 29 June 2012

Iced Coffee

Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a tea drinker. I may have coffee once or twice a year if a social circumstance demands or if the tea is really awful, but it is not my beverage of choice. Last summer I had a couple of Tim Hortons iced coffees and really liked them. Unfortunately, I had no choice of milk or sweetener as they use a base mix for the drink.

I found a couple of recipes for iced coffee on Pinterest and modified them for the quantities we would use in our household. This recipe is well worth making on a hot holiday weekend. The cold water brew eliminates any bitterness in the coffee.

Put 3/4 cup medium grind coffee in a jar and add 3-1/2 cups cold water. I used an empty 1 litre olive jar. Let the mixture sit for 12 hours.

Strain the coffee in a very fine sieve, a coffee filter or some cheesecloth. ( I used a coffee filter). You now have your coffee concentrate.

You can now make your iced drink according to your preference for coffee flavour and sweetness.

In a 10 ounce mug I added:

1 tbsp sweetener (agave nectar, sugar, sweetener)
2 tbsp milk (or cream, soy milk, chocolate milk)
1/4 cup coffee concentrate
Ice cubes
Fill the rest of the glass with water

This was enjoyed by everyone in the family!

Here are ratios for different quantities of coffee concentrate ~
1-1/2 cups ground coffee to 7 cups cold water
1 cup ground coffee to 4.5 cups cold water
3/4 cup ground coffee to 3.5 cups cold water
1/2 cup ground coffee to 2.25 cups cold water


Sand Land Dad said...

Use a French Press coffee maker instead of filtering.

Ruth said...

Being ignorant of coffee accessories, I don't know how a French press works, but I will check it out.