THIS is my drink of choice. the drink that keeps me venturing to starbucks every morning. even when summer is over (aka. ice coffee season), i am still that weird person in line at starbucks asking if they have ice coffee readily available, regardless of the -30 temperature outside. i have tried to make it at home countless times & it never worked out. adding ice to hot coffee is just NOT how it's done. i'm sure you've all tried it & have been less then satisfied with your watery lukewarm coffee. introducing: the cold brew. this must be the starbucks secret to making such perfect ice coffee. it takes time to steep, but it never taste bitter & it produces an extra strong (extra dark) ready to go ice cold coffee. i have also made a cinnamon infused syrup because ice coffee deserves to be lightly sweetened. so now with summer coming to an end, i can make my own at home, without any barista judgment.
- 2/3 cup ground coffee beans
- 3 cups cold water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- cream or milk, to taste
- in a french press, combined the coffee grounds & cold water. let sit over night to let the coffee infuse.
- make the cinnamon simple syrup by adding the sugar, water, cinnamon stick & vanilla in a sauce pan. bring to a boil & remove from heat. let cool.
- when you are ready to assemble the ice coffee add ice cubes, syrup, coffee & milk.
alternative recipe: head to your nearest starbucks, order ice coffee. bring home & pour in fancy glass. finish off with a swirly straw.