OK, so this week is rainy but the sun will return, right? To my mind, there is nothing better on a hot day than a long, cold, iced coffee. Unfortunately, they’re stupidly expensive in cafes and you may not be within spitting distance of a branch of Costa every time you feel like an iced coffee. However….two summers ago I mastered the art of delicious and easy iced coffee. I’m going to share it with you, because I’m nice that way. Then I’m going to show you some ways to make it even more delicious!
We’re making cold-brewed iced coffee here which you make overnight in the fridge. It’s smooth, luscious and strong enough to dilute down with plenty of milk and/or to take the ice you add later without being too dilute.
So, you only need to remember one thing. 1:8. That’s your ratio of coffee to water.
Here’s the easiest way to do it. Find a clean, used plastic milk jug with 1 litre capacity, or, put another way, 10 x 100ml.. Pour in 100 ml water and mark with a sharpie where the water comes to. Empty out the jug and replace that water with ground coffee up to the line. That’s your 1 part of coffee.
Then fill most of the rest of the jug with COLD water, up to about the 900ml mark. That’s your 800ml or 8 parts of water. You now have a 1:8 coffee to water ratio,
We’ll leave the final 100 ml as space to give everything a good shake. With the lid on, of course!
Now leave the coffee at least 8 hours or overnight in the fridge. Voila, perfect iced coffee.
You will need to strain it. I find it easiest to do this in one go with a fine mesh sieve and then to return the coffee to the rinsed out jug but you can do it with a tea strainer each time you pour a drink if you’ll consume all the coffee on that first day.
Serve with plenty of cold milk, maybe some sugar or, if you’re feeling like spoiling yourself, condensed milk or vanilla or coffee ice-cream. It’s amazing stuff. Just remember it’s still coffee so don’t give yourself the jitters by mistakenly drinking too much in your excitement. Just take it from someone who knows!
Even better, Sainsburys (and probably other suprmarkets), have recently started stocking a brand of flavoured coffees with no added sugar by a company called Beanies. The coffee comes in Vanilla, Cinder Toffee (caramel, basically) or Irish Cream flavours and makes heavenly, flavoured iced coffee with no added sugar. Deelish! IO’m also enjoying them hot.
Now go add some yummy to your summer!