Have these hot summer days been leaving you needing a pick-me-up? I have just the beverage for you! While I've always preferred tea, this past summer I've been enjoying my fair share of iced coffee. When coffee is cold brewed, it loses the bitterness that hot coffee typically has, which is part of its appeal, in my opinion. The smooth taste of this cold brewed coffee makes it delicious in an iced latte or even by itself. Now that I know how easy (and cheap!) it is to make my own iced lattes, maybe I can save a bit of money the rest of the summer by making them at home instead of going to overpriced coffee shops!
16 ounces Coffee, freshly ground
12 cups Cold Water
Combine coffee grounds and water in a large container. Stir well to wet all of the grounds, then cover and steep at room temperature for 8-12 hours, or overnight. Line a fine mesh strainer with a coffee filter and place it over another large container (it would be helpful if this container had a pour spout) and pour the coffee through it. Discard the grounds (or use them in your garden!). Line the mesh strainer with another coffee filter and set it on top of the container that you wish to store the iced coffee in. Pour the coffee through the strainer once more. Measure your coffee concentrate and dilute with additional water, as desired. Store in the fridge and serve over ice, adding a splash of milk or flavor syrup, if you wish!
*I halved the above recipe, using 8 ounces of coffee and 6 cups of water, which left me with 4 cups of coffee concentrate. I diluted my concentrate with about 4 1/2 cups of cold water. I have been mixing my iced coffee with skim milk and vanilla syrup to make iced lattes.
SOURCE: Cook Like A Champion