Tips for Making Iced Coffee
By Dedi Walker
We nearly all agree that coffee is a great drink for many moments of the day. But, it is also known that a cup of hot coffee is not really the best choice when the heat of summer comes. How can you get the great coffee flavor (and caffeine!) without the heat? Iced coffee!
Iced coffees are fantastic for refreshing and re-energizing yourself during the hot period of summer. You can find good iced coffee at coffee shops and cafes. But when it comes to getting an iced coffee at home, some of you may have problems. In this article, I will offer you some of my tips to help you make an iced coffee at home, without breaking a sweat!
First, you need to have some ice.
How can you have iced coffee without the ice component? You actually have options: you can either freeze water traditionally (such as with ice cube trays), or you can freeze several brews of coffee instead of water in your ice cube trays. The latter option, when combined with the freshly brewed coffee (discussed next), will not water the drink down like water ice can do.
Secondly, you must brew the coffee. You can simply brew your preferred coffee variety. You can use a regular drip brewer, instant coffee or the a single serve pot such as a Keurig, which makes a single cup of coffee.
If you choose the single serve option, you can often have a cup brewed in less than a minute, by popping one of those K Cup packs in the machine, after which you have to simply press the brew button. You may, in this way, brew many cups and getting different flavors. You can then put the coffee over the cubes of coffee (discussed next) and obtain a perfect iced coffee.
The third step is mixing. After pouring the freshly brewed coffee on the frozen cubes (of water or coffee), you can choose to drink it straight, but you could also add a splash of flavoring. Popular flavoring options include some drops of vanilla or some Italian syrups. However, there are quite a wide variety of other flavorings available, including more exotic options like peach, raspberry, guava and mango.
You'll find that there is no 'wrong' way to make iced coffee, and the number of variations possible is only limited by your imagination. So, be creative, have some fun, and find your favorite recipe for iced coffee!
Tips for Quick and Easy Iced Coffee
By R. L. Fielding
Coffee is a fantastic drink at any time of day, during any season of the year. That being said, a steaming hot cup of java isn't always welcome once summer rolls around. Don't let the summer heat deprive you of your favorite beverage when you can switch to iced coffee!
During the warmest months of the year, iced coffee makes for a refreshing change of pace. While most cafes and coffee shops serve these cold concoctions, you may be wondering how to get iced coffee at home.
Here are my tips for serving up delicious iced coffee without having to break a sweat:
- Get ice.
This may seem obvious, but you need ice to help you make iced coffee. If you don't plan ahead by freezing some cubes, you won't be able to make iced coffee when you want it. While plain old frozen water will do, I prefer freezing several of my favorite Keurig coffee brews in an ice cube tray. When combined with your freshly brewed coffee, these coffee cubes won't water the drink down.
- Brew coffee.
Next, brew your favorite coffee variety. While you're welcome to use a regular drip brewer or instant coffee, I prefer my Keurig single cup coffee maker. To make a cup of coffee in less than a minute, all I have to do is pop one of the K Cup portion packs into the machine and press a button. This allows me to brew multiple cups and different flavors very quickly - which means I can pour the fresh coffee over the coffee cubes and start drinking iced coffee that much sooner!
- Mix things up.
Once you've poured your freshly brewed coffee over your frozen coffee cubes, you can either drink it straight or add a splash of your favorite liquor. I recommend the flavors of coconut rum, Irish cream, butterscotch schnapps or crème de menthe. If you're in the mood for extra flavor but don't want alcohol, try adding a few drops of vanilla or adding some Italian-style flavored syrups.
- Try something different.
If you'd like a more slushy drink, skip the hot coffee. Simply throw a cup of the frozen coffee cubes into a blender and give it a few pulses. Don't over do it with the blender or you'll end up with soup. Pour the crushed coffee cubes into a mug and serve with a straw or spoon.
Another fun idea is to create a coffee dessert by freezing your favorite brew in an ice pop mold. If you don't have an ice pop mold, freeze plastic spoons into the coffee cubes you make in an ice cube tray. Once your coffee pops are frozen solid, remove them from the tray and enjoy. Be careful not to consume your chilled treats too quickly - it might be the first time you get brain freeze from your coffee!
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