Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee


Cold -brewed iced coffee recipe

Happy Friday, my lovelies.  You’re seeing a picture of my morning coffee before I’ve even poured it.

It’s coffee I’ve cold brewed, as in grounds I’ve mixed with cool water then let sit overnight.  Sounds like a step backward, right?  Like something a cowboy would drink on a day too wet for a campfire. And cowboys aren’t known to travel with sieves, so he’d spend the rest of that damp, dreary day picking grounds out of his teeth with a twig.

But Food52, Smitten Kitchen, The NYTimes and Anjali all sing the praises of cold-brewed coffee and experience tells me they all have great taste.  Following the proportion from the Times, I mixed 1/3 cup of coarsely ground beans with 1-1/2 cups cold water, adding a generous squirt of agave and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.  I don’t like flavored coffee, but I guess I was nervous this would taste terrible, which is funny because who was going to taste it but me? It steeped overnight in the fridge before I poured it through a fine sieve over chipped ice and added cold milk.

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Looks like iced coffee, right?  And it is but not as harsh on your stomach as a regular brew.  You take a sip and taste all the flavor of your beans and then…nothing.   The acidity never comes.  It’s coffee bean flavor full and clean and soft.

The vanilla worked for me and half-and-half would make this an even more delicious cup. Food 52’s “magical coffee” uses cinnamon.  How would you flavor yours?




6 Comments on Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

  1. Halie
    July 8, 2011 at 11:38 am (9 years ago)

    The cowboys definitely never had it that good!

  2. applesandonions
    July 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm (9 years ago)

    this looks so yummy, I must try

  3. Katie
    July 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm (9 years ago)

    This sounds amazing! I want now. I don’t have a sieve though.

  4. Stephanie
    July 9, 2011 at 8:32 am (9 years ago)

    Cold brew is the absolute best! And that looks amazing. I like to freeze in ice cube trays to get the most out of this caffeinated joy. And almond milk makes the most incredible swirls…

  5. Peggy
    July 12, 2011 at 6:41 am (9 years ago)

    Loved my first try at this, especially the cinnamon. Had to get over it looking like a tobacco spitoon in my fridge, though.

  6. Sarah
    July 13, 2011 at 12:00 am (9 years ago)

    Ha, Peggy, it does look just like a spitoon! My husband calls it sludge. But it taste SO good. Katie, you can use cheesecloth or a french press if you have it. Just mix the water and beans and press it in the morning after a night in the fridge. Stephanie, I have to try the ice cube idea-so smart. Thanks for letting us know. xo

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