Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Favorite Pick-Me-Up: A Recipe

I used to think coffee was disgusting. Then college happened, and before I knew it I was drinking coffee in the morning, in the afternoon, and even at midnight on the outdoor stage in the city park. (Like I said- college days....)

Since then, I've tried to expand my coffee palate. I've sampled lattes, frappes, americanos, black, 2 cream/2 sugar, and a whole lotta others. After countless hours brought to you by the letter Caffeine, I've come to find that a coffee habit can get costly. Fortunately, The Pioneer Woman has managed to save the day (and the bank account) with her Perfect Iced Coffee recipe. I made a double batch of it this weekend, and I gotta say, the mornings this week have been filled with joy. That's how good this coffee is. Try it!

 

Perfect Iced Coffee
1 pound ground coffee (pick something yummy like a Vanilla Caramel, Vanilla Hazelnut, Almond, etc...)
8 quarts water

Combine the water and coffee grounds and allow to steep at room temperature for at least 8 hours. If you have the time, I would suggest mixing it up before bed and, in the morning, straining through a fine-mesh strainer with a cheese-cloth or paper towel folded over. (Otherwise you'll get all that silt-like residue, and that's no good for iced coffee!)

Chill concentrate until ready to use.

To drink, fill a glass with ice and pour it half full of the coffee concentrate, half full of milk (PDub likes to use half-and-half) and sweeten to taste. 

I took PDubs advice and used Sweetened Condensed Milk instead of sugar. 1-2 Tablespoons, mixed vigorously, and I'm in absolute heaven. I also like to use 'coffee cubes' instead of ice cubes to ensure that my iced coffee doesn't get watered down. 

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