Are you an iced coffee fan? It’s the perfect summer morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Learn how to make iced coffee that won’t get weak and watery as the ice melts with this easy recipe.
Coffee house drinks are a decadent treat that can make my day. These delicious beverages are not too hard on my diet…
But they can be hard on my wallet.
Please tell me I'm not the only one with a coffee shop addiction!!!
I love sipping an iced coffee in the summer while (still waking up) watching my kids at early morning swim team practice.
Last summer I drove through the coffee stand a few too many mornings. This year I vowed to make homemade iced coffee to help save both time and money.
Luckily it's easy to make great iced coffee in your own kitchen and you don't need any special supplies!
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Making Great Iced Coffee
Have you ever tried to make iced coffee at home?
Making great tasting iced coffee at home is a bit more complicated than simply tossing a few ice cubes into a cup of hot brewed coffee. Regular ice cubes melt leaving cold, weak coffee. Add in some cream or milk and the coffee flavor is barely discernible.
What's a coffee lover to do?
- You can cold brew coffee to solve this problem, but that takes a bit of planning.
- The quick and easy solution? Freeze leftover coffee into ice cubes.
How to Make Coffee Ice Cubes
I stumbled on this easy ice coffee solution one afternoon as I poured perfectly good coffee down the drain.
Let me explain…
My husband brews a pot of coffee every morning and pours me a cup to enjoy as I shower and get ready for the day. More often than not that cup of coffee gets lost on a table or counter top where it gets cold before I drink it.
My husband leaves for work, I get busy, and (most afternoons) I pour out a quarter of a pot of leftover coffee…
One day, while pouring this cold coffee down the drain, I realized there was a perfectly good use for the leftover coffee in the bottom of the pot–> coffee ice cubes!
To make coffee ice cubes simply pour room temperature coffee into an ice-cube tray and freeze it . Pop the cubes out and store them in a freezer bag for a quick iced coffee.
How to Make Iced Coffee
Place 5-7 coffee ice cubes into a heat proof cup or mason jar then top with fresh brewed coffee and milk or creamer. (Both hot and cold coffee work great over the coffee cubes.) Bonus: the coffee ice cubes keep your drink ice-cold while melting into more iced coffee.
This iced coffee tip is a win-win! I use up leftover coffee and I can sip my drink for hours. No more watery coffee, the brew stays just as dark and flavorful as when it was first made. Plus home brewed ice coffee costs just a few cents…. compared to a few dollars at the coffee shop.
More Easy Iced Coffee Recipes
It's easy to customize homemade iced coffee to your personal tastes. Try these easy iced coffee recipes:
- Almond or Vanilla Iced Coffee – Add a few drops of almond extract or syrup or vanilla extract or syrup to your coffee if you enjoy flavored iced coffee. Add some milk or creamer and it’s an easy way to enjoy a delicious iced vanilla or almond latte!
- Sweet Cream Iced Coffee – Top your iced coffee with full fat milk or half-and-half and a little liquid stevia or simple syrup to enjoy a sweet cream iced coffee.
- Coconut Iced Coffee – Top your iced coffee with coconut milk to enjoy a coconut iced coffee. Plump up the flavor with coconut extract or coconut syrup.
- Mocha Iced Coffee – Top your iced coffee with chocolate syrup and milk for a delicious iced mocha.
- High Protein Mocha – Love protein shakes for breakfast? Blend a few coffee cubes into chocolate protein powder for great mocha taste.
- Vanilla Frappuccino – Blend a few coffee iced cubes with vanilla protein powder or milk for a tasty coffee house treat.
You can enjoy iced coffee all summer long with this easy recipe. I hope you try this easy iced coffee tip for your summer caffeinating needs! Comment below with your favorite iced coffee add ins too.
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