I really like my coffee, but in the summer, it’s cool drinks I need and while Iced Tea is nice, Iced Coffee is just as nice! Sure, I could head on over to Tim Horton’s and pay $2 for a small cup that is mostly ice or I could just figure out how to make my own Iced Coffee at home.
If you’re looking to learn how to make your own Iced Coffee at home, here’s a round-up of some of the ways to do it. Like the many ways that people enjoy regular coffee, there are many ways to make Iced Coffee, so experiment with different coffees and methods until you find the one that suits you!
(I’ve settled on the “almost as quick method”, which allows the coffee to cool. I simply make a cup with my single-serve coffee maker and let it sit on the counter for an hour or so. I find a 5 oz. drop just about perfect! Don’t forget to sweeten while it’s still hot. If you forget, mix some sugar with a bit of hot water and stir until the sugar dissolves and then add to your iced coffee.)
How to Make Iced Coffee At Home
The super quick method
1. Brew a really strong pot of coffee (use twice the amount of coffee you would normally use).
2. Place 1 tablespoon of sugar in a large PLASTIC glass (adding hot coffee to a cold glass might be dangerous) and then add 4 ice cubes to the glass.
2. Add 2/3 cup freshly-brewed coffee and 2/3 cup milk (or cream).
3. Stir until sugar is melted.
4. Transfer to a glass glass if you like.
The almost as quick method
1. Brew a strong, fresh pot of coffee using about double the amount of coffee you would usually use (melting ice will dilute the coffee, so start with a strong cuppa).
2. If you want your Iced Coffee sweet, add sugar to the hot coffee now, as it will dissolve more easily in hot coffee than in the iced coffee. Add about 2-3 tsp. for every cup (8oz) of coffee.
3. Allow coffee to cool completely or at least to lukewarm.
4. Fill a tall, glass with ice cubes. Add equal parts of cream (or milk) and warm coffee.
The Bit More Patient Persons Method
1. Brew a strong, fresh pot of coffee using about twice as much coffee as you would normally use.
2. Allow to cool to warm. Transfer the warm coffee to a pitcher. Add sugar now, if you’d like sweetened Iced Coffee.
3. Let the coffee stand at room temperature for 3 to 5 hours, or refrigerate it until cold, about 2 to 3 hours.
4. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
5. Pour the chilled coffee into the glass and add equal amount of cream or milk.
6. Stir the coffee to equalize its temperature. Add milk or cream, if you like.
The overnight, cold brewed french press method
1. The night before, start with 1/4 cup of coarse ground coffee, and add 1 cup of cold filtered water. Stir to wet all grounds. Cover and let stand on the counter over night or refrigerate.
2. The next morning add 1 more cup of water.
3. Strain and pour coffee into a chilled glass over ice (makes two glasses).
4. Add milk or cream. To sweeten, dissolve sugar in a bit of hot water and add as desired.
The Single Serve Coffee Maker Method
1. Choose a strong, dark pod or k-cup.
2. If you like your Iced Coffee sweetened, add sugar to the cup before brewing (a bit more than you would usually use).
3. Choose a 4 or 5 oz. drop size.
4. Brew coffee and let cup sit until at least lukewarm, preferably cooled.
5. Place 4 ice cubes in a glass.
6. Pour cooled coffee over ice cubes.
7. Add milk or cream until lightened, to taste and stir to combine.
Tips and tricks:
• Use chocolate milk instead of cream or milk for a mocha iced coffee
• Freeze leftover (sweetened) coffee in an ice cube tray to make coffee ice cubes to use in Iced Coffee (won’t dilute the iced coffee as they melt!).
• Place coffee ice cubes together with milk, cream or chocolate milk in a blender to make a slushy iced coffee.
• Use flavoured creams (such as vanilla or hazelnut) instead of regular cream.
• Skip the sugar and use coffee flavouring syrups instead.
• Skip the sugar and use chocolate syrup instead.
• Skip the sugar and cream and used sweetened condensed milk instead.
• Iced coffee is best with darker-roast coffee blends.
• Some recommend double-brewing coffee for Iced Coffee. To try this, brew a pot of coffee then pour the brewed coffee back through again, using the same filter.