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Stay Cool With a Delicious Glass of Iced Coffee

Updated on June 21, 2011

Do You Love Iced Coffee?

I will not lie, I love coffee! I used to only drink it hot until I got introduced to iced coffee. I still love my coffee hot in the mornings but for a great afternoon treat iced coffee wins almost every time.

Especially when summer gets here and the sun starts beating down, it makes a cold glass of coffee go down real easy.

It's not always convenient to grab an iced coffee at Starbuck's or even McDonald's so I decided it was time to figure out how to make it at home. That's where the fun starts!

Making iced coffee is not as simple as it sounds, it can get pretty complicated to achieve your desired taste.

And let me just tell you, taking your leftover morning coffee and just pouring it over some ice is "not the way" to do it! (just so you know)

How to Make Iced Coffee

Finding a good iced coffee recipe really can take some trial and error. So much of it really depends on what taste you are looking for, how much time you have and of course the strength and flavor of the coffee.

There are a variety of methods to making iced coffee and everywhere you look will say theirs is the best. Rather or not this is true it is nice to see all the different ways that it has been done so you can meld them together to find something that suits your tastes.

Out of all these different methods and suggestions I have found some tips and tricks that are really handy. Learning how to make iced coffee has really been fun and if you have some favorite iced coffee recipes, please share them in the comments section!

Iced Coffee Recipe

Regardless of the particulars of someone’s preferences with iced coffee most everyone can agree on the fact that they do not like it to be watered down.

A great way to keep this from happening is to cold brew a batch of coffee concentrate. Doing this allows you to just skip over the problems associated with having to wait on your hot brewed coffee to cool down or worse yet having all that ice you pour it over just turn into a muddled, lukewarm watery disappointment.

Cold brewing is pretty simple- you take some fine ground coffee and mix it with cold water in a large container.

Let that sit for about 8 hours to make sure you get the most flavor out of those grounds.

Then you pour this mixture through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Now you have some fantastic coffee concentrate.

From here just fill your favorite glass with ice and mix in things to your heart’s delight cream, milk, honey, flavored syrups. It is important to remember that you are working with a concentrate here so you only need about half as much as you normally do when using regularly brewed coffee.

Quick and Easy Iced Coffee

If all of that seems like way too much trouble or you simply don’t have the time for such things then there is a fairly quick and easy way to keep from having watery coffee.

Just combine the iced part and the coffee part into one. Simply fill an ice tray with your regularly brewed coffee, let that set up in the freezer and there you go-coffee ice cubes.

The best way to keep ice from diluting your drink is when the ice is coffee too. So there you go, a couple of suggestions on how to make iced coffee. Just remember finding one that suits your tastes may take some trial and error, but it can be a lot of fun!

Tips to Make the Perfect Iced Coffee?

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    • jennzie profile image

      Jenn 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great hub! I love iced coffee, but it can definitely get expensive buying it out all the time. I also really like the coffee ice cubes idea!

    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR

      MyMastiffPuppies 

      7 years ago

      You are welcome AliciaC! The coffee cubes are a delicious treat!

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love iced coffee, so I appreciate your tips. I like the idea of making coffee ice cubes - I've never thought of doing this before!

    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR

      MyMastiffPuppies 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Cmkrakora,

      I have to agree, I can not drink it black,whether its hot or cold. I am sure it would be better for me but it just wouldn't taste good! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Cmkrakora profile image

      Cmkrakora 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      I am always looking for different ways to have coffee because I hate it being just black. I am going to try this tomorrow! Perfect for summer!

    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR

      MyMastiffPuppies 

      7 years ago

      You are welcome suziecat7!

      There are really a lot of ways to make iced coffee and although this takes a little time, it tastes great!

      That's not to say there are not other ways to end up with delicious iced coffee and I would love to hear from other readers what their favorite recipes are.

      I'm always up for trying something new!

    • suziecat7 profile image

      suziecat7 

      7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I've always made my iced coffee the boring way. Thanks for this!

    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR

      MyMastiffPuppies 

      7 years ago

      Well thank you myster!ous, I can not lie, I love coffee, hot, cold or as my son likes to joke "intravenously" (just kidding.) But I do love coffee!

    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR

      MyMastiffPuppies 

      7 years ago

      Will,

      It really will depend on your own personal taste but when I make it I use approximately 2 gallons of "cold" water to one pound of coffee. Thanks so much for your support!

    • WillStarr profile image

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great Hub!

      For the cold-brewed, coffee concentrate, what is the ratio of coffee to water?

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