Saturday, June 16, 2012

Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

It’s officially summer when you can make the switch from hot to iced coffee. There’s nothing better than a frosty glass of iced coffee on a warm summer morning. 
This recipe isn’t a new one – we’ve been seeing it pop up all over the place this summer – but we’ve been enjoying it so much lately that we thought we’d snap some pictures and share it with you. It goes perfectly with our Vanilla Simple Syrup (and cream)!
iced coffee 1
Cold brewed coffee can last for up to 2 weeks in the fridge (NY Times says so!). We’ve consumed ours well before 2 weeks have gone by, but it is very handy to be able to make a double batch of coffee and have it ready to drink for more than just one morning.
iced coffee 2
The idea with cold brew coffee is that because there is no heat involved in the cold brew process, the coffee is smoother and less bitter than traditional coffee. According to America’s Test Kitchen:
Exposed to far less heat, cold-brew is significantly less acerbic than its sweltering sibling. Less bitterness means that the subtler flavors found in coffee beans are more perceptible. For me, good cold-brew balances hints of dark chocolate, caramel, ripe black fruits, and vanilla with a pleasant viscosity, mild acidity, and pitch perfect bitterness.
iced coffee 3

Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

  • 4 cups water
  • between 3/4 c. and 1 c ground coffee (depending on how strong you like your coffee)
Mix together, then let sit on the countertop for 12 to 24 hours. I do it either the morning before or the evening before.
After the coffee and water have steeped, strain the coffee through a metal or paper coffee filter, into a glass pitcher. Serve! Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

iced coffee 4


  1. mmm. I've yet to make my first batch of summer but need to soon!

  2. I definitely need to try this! I've never done iced coffee before, but I do love it at coffee shops so I'll need to give it a try!

  3. Yum. Aaron's been making iced coffee like crazy. I'll have to show him this. I think his process is similar. Puts it into a cheese cloth (?). And I love the idea of making my own vanilla simple syrup.

    1. Yes, cheesecloth works great too! The vanilla simple syrup is almost mandatory for me now. :)

  4. Love this! Iced coffee is something I really enjoy during summer. I'm usually an iced mocha type of gal, but you've given me the desire to try vanilla in my iced coffee.

  5. this sounds perfect, i will definitely be trying it :)

  6. Tried this recipe and it's perfect. Love it! Perfect summer iced coffee.

  7. This looks delicious - if only it could get a little warmer, I´d replace my daily hot coffee with this! Come on sun!!!

  8. Cool! I've been making this recipe also for years. This is cool!

  9. I love to learn about how to make excellent tasting iced coffee...Iced coffee is one of summer's great pleasures..its so delicious.Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe with us.

  10. Ice cold is just heaven. But that doesn't mean we'll ignore caffeine consumption. Some drinks that we thought have less sodas have more caffeine than we might assume. But what's advisable is to minimize intake, especially with energy drinks. Average amounts of caffeine is not damaging, however, excessive consumption can lead to physical problems.


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