Make your own iced coffee

Everyone knows that Louisiana in the summer months is oppressively hot. The last thing you want to do when it’s that hot outside is to settle in with a nice, warm cup of coffee in the morning. But what to do? We all need our caffeine fix in the morning – how else are we supposed to wake up like a civilized human being?

Cold brew coffee to the rescue! I’ve enjoyed iced coffee for a while, but I’ve recently starting making my own at home. Cold brew concentrate is the key to great tasting iced coffee. While you can buy cold brew concentrate in grocery stores, I find that making my own is quick + easy.

Making your own iced coffee is quick + easy

Making your own iced coffee is quick + easy

Today, I’m going to show you the steps to make your own cold brew concentrate so you can enjoy affordable, iced coffee during the summer months.

I make my cold brew in quart sized mason jars using a nut milk bag as my “coffee filter”.

  1. Line your mason jar with the nut milk bag (I found mine at my local culinary specialty shop, but you can find them on Amazon)
  2. Measure out 1 cup of coffee grounds and add them to the nut milk bag
  3. Fill the jar to the top with water
  4. Attach a lid to the quart jar (I usually screw in the lid on top of the excess milk bag overhanging the lip of the jar)
  5. The coffee will need to brew for 12-24 hours at room temperature.
  6. After brewing, strain the coffee grounds from the water and store the concentrate in the fridge.

TIP: I compost my used coffee grounds.

To make your morning iced cup o’ joe, simply:

  1. Fill your glass 1/2 full with ice
  2. Pour the coffee concentrate to the top of the ice cubes (about 1/2 way full)
  3. Top off with your choice of milk (regular dairy or any type of non dairy milk supplement)
  4. Add any flavoring + sweetener (A dash of vanilla extract or whatever suits your fancy)
  5. Mix + enjoy!

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