When I started brewing coffee at home, I faced one major obstacle. If the weather is even remotely warm out, I prefer an iced coffee to a hot coffee. I tried to just brew regular coffee and then put it in the fridge until I was ready to drink it, but it took a long time for it to cool down and I wasn’t crazy about the result when I poured it over ice later. I wanted to be able to get a refreshing iced coffee and cut out the middle man, namely the guy at the counter at Dunkin Donuts.
The system I use now works great and only takes a little more effort. I brew the coffee with double the amount of ground beans I would normally use for hot coffee, because it is going to be watered down later by the ice. Once the coffee is done, I fill a mug (or two) with ice and pour the coffee over it. I then put the full mugs in the fridge and wait for the coffee to properly cool. Keep in mind, since you are brewing your coffee twice as strong and watering it down with the ice, you only need to brew half as much as you normally would; unless, like me, you can never get enough.
Once the coffee has cooled, I pour it into a tall pint glass, using whatever ice is left in the mug and then a few extra cubes from the freezer. I like a lot of ice in my drinks, so again, go by taste and preference. You now have yourself a tall glass of black iced coffee.
But we can do better. Let’s say it’s Cinco de Mayo, the 4th of July, or just some random Tuesday afternoon in April when you don’t have anything better to do. Here’s what you should do: grab some Bailey’s Irish Cream and Kahlua Coffee liqueur. If you don’t keep it in the house usually, it’s not worth buying a huge bottle of it, so either a 375 ml bottle or a nip of each would be fine. All you need is one shot of each to take your coffee to the next level and make it both more fun and more delicious. Mix it and enjoy!
If you want to add a twist, use Frangelico liqueur instead of Kahlua – it is a little sweeter and richer, but pricier. If you want to use Frangelico, I recommend a sugar rim on the glass. Finally, if you like blended drinks (or Frappuccino drinks from Starbucks) then you can throw it all in a blender and to pit with whipped cream.
Well, there you have it – Spiked Iced Coffee. Enjoy, and if you have any suggestions for a Drink of the Week recipe, leave it in the comments section. I’ll at least give it a try, and if we love it, we’ll write about it! Otherwise, stay thirsty and see you next week.