Cool down and stay caffeinated at the same time with a homemade iced coffee. Making iced coffee yourself is not only a money saver, but an easy way to satisfy any particular craving you have. When you’re seeking something simple, go with cold brewed iced coffee, maybe lightly flavored with vanilla. For a more dessert-like beverage, try out a Viennese iced coffee, or try your hand at making the ever popular Thai iced coffee. You can’t go wrong with any of these 7 recipes.
1. Cold Brew Iced Coffee
A lot of people swear by the quality of cold brewed iced coffee. Calling it the only way worth making iced coffee at home, this method from Chow creates an incredibly strong coffee, perfect for pouring over ice or diluting with extras like simple syrups and milk. Even if you enjoy your iced coffee brewed in a pot, other recipes call for cold brewed coffee and its strong flavors so you’ll want to know how to make it.
- 4½ ounces coarsely ground coffee (about 1¾ cups)
- 3½ cups cold water
Directions: Place the coffee grounds in a 2-quart pitcher, add the water, and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let steep at room temperature for at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.
Line a fine-mesh strainer with a standard coffee filter and fit it over a medium bowl. Working in batches, slowly pour the coffee into the filter until all of the liquid has passed through the strainer (the coffee will pass through in a slow stream; don’t force it through); stop when you reach the solids at the bottom of the pitcher (don’t pour them in.) Discard the grounds and the contents of the strainer.
Wash and dry the pitcher. Transfer the strained coffee into the pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 5 days.