A friend of mine posted this recipe for Perfect Iced Coffee she found on the Pioneer Woman's Blog. She insisted I try the recipe, because it was simply amazing. There are many scrumptious looking recipes on her blog! I have just never ventured into actually trying any of them. As far as iced coffee goes, I have tried iced coffee in the past and hadn't made up my mind if I really liked it. I think the hefty price of those Starbucks coffee's persuaded me that I didn't really care for it that much. And to add ice cubes to a cup of coffee was just yucky to me. I will drink coffee after is has cooled, however, when adding ice to it is seems to get diluted too much.
I am sorry to report after being persuaded to try the recipe I am hooked, as is my son. I wasn't sure I was going to like it, so I didn't want to spend much money on coffee to use. I decided to get a container of Folgers Country Roast simply because it was on sale the day I was at the store. I have more expensive coffee, but didn't want to possibly "waste it" if I didn't like it.
I used 4 ounces of coffee to 2 liters of water. I didn't want to make a huge batch if I wasn't going to like it. I let it sit overnight and strained it the following morning. I found most of the grounds had soaked up enough water and were heavier, therefore, sitting on the bottom of the pitcher. I poured the coffee through a cheese cloth which I placed inside a strainer. Very little grounds ended up coming out of the pitcher which made clean up easier.
|I had this squeeze bottle saved from Agave Nectar and used it for the sweetened condensed milk. It works well.|
After straining the coffee, chill it for a few hours so it's good and cold, and it's ready. I used sweetened condensed milk and a splash of half and half. It was amazing! I am now craving iced coffee later in the day, but know if I have any I would end up being up all night unable to sleep. I could try making some with decaf coffee for late night cravings in the future.
|Put it all in a jar with a lid and shake!|