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Super Easy Cold Coffee Just In Time For Summer

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Why I Love This Recipe

I have to have my coffee in the morning or else it's a bad scene. Not because I'm mean or anything since I am a morning person, but because it helps jump start my day. Coffee gives me that little push to clear my thoughts for the day so I can get to business.

While I love fresh brewed coffee on a cold day, it's almost too hot for a summer day. Here in Southern California we've seen about a week of 90+ degree days. The thought of hot coffee just seems like a waste and a way to completely dehydrate yourself.

I remember talking in the forums one day about chilled coffee and someone (Axel perhaps) mentioned that if you take your coffee off the heating pad as soon as you make it, the flavor will not change as it cools. So that's what I did.

Here's a really great way to save you time in the morning and have a pleasant cool summer drink.

Here's what you'll need:

Ingredients You'll Need

10 tablespoons of your favorite coffee (I used vanilla)
coffee maker
a tray of ice available throughout the week
optional: sugar and/or creamer (as much as you like)


Brew 10 cups of coffee at once. As soon as the coffee is done, take it off the heating pad and put it on the kitchen counter of stovetop to cool down. Once it's completely cool, pour a cup for today in a mug full of ice (I use three cubes) and put the rest of the coffee in the fridge. DO NOT ADD CREAMER or SUGAR to the coffee you put in the fridge. Keep it in it's original form.. black. It will stay fresh that way.

In the mug that you poured for today, add creamer (I use vanilla again) any sugar you like and mix together.

Now, this is the best part... every day for the rest of the week you can quickly pour a cup over ice and repeat the process. Just put the remaining coffee in the fridge for later. This is really great for an evening party... just make ahead and pour when needed.

So far I have tried this 4 days in a row and the coffee is just as fresh as day one. Now, I'm by no means a coffee snob, but I do drink it every day and I know what I like. I am delighted that I can instantly enjoy my coffee as soon as I get up although I do miss the smell of fresh brewed coffee.

Optional: You can pour each cup daily in the blender and add the ice, creamer and sugar and blend for a crunch frozen coffee. It won't be as smooth as the stuff you get at coffee bean or starbucks, but it sure tastes just as good and costs 1/10th the price.

Questions, Comments & Reviews

I love iced coffee! I do the same thing, just brew it and stick it in the fridge. :) My favorite syrups are chocolate chip cookie dough, tiramisu and cheesecake.

This is excellent! I just recently started doing this myself, I'm a Java Junkie and couldn't even stomach Starbucks Ice Coffee because it is SO strong. I went to a little coffee shop and bought Tiramisu flavored coffee to use at home and it's like dessert in a glass. Thanks Babs for sharing!

This sounds great! I love iced coffee but I rarely get any because I am house bound. I will definitely try this idea right away!

I use a Toddy system to make the coffe 'concentrate' dilute with water and ice.......da vinci sugar-free flavoring.......lower cal~~~~significantly less cash!

It's funny, just today my husband and I "taste tested" Starbucks & McDonalds ice coffees. We had a coupon for a free Starbucks, so that's what started it. We both got one, and it was their small and I do mean small size. One was $2 plus tax. It was really strong. McDonalds was $1.79 each and a larger size. And we actually liked it better. I have never had any luck with my own iced coffee. Now I will try your recipe.

Yum, i love iced coffee, but i buy it everyday. i guess it became my morning routine. after reading your story, i'm leaving the computer right now to put on 10 cups and start my new and more inexpensive routine tomorrow morning . thanks, diane

Flavouring syrups are a great thing to keep around! We have strawberry, peach, black cherry, and pineapple for italian sodas and fruity slushes. And I keep hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla for use in esspresso drinks. The syrups are also a great way to add a twist to your hot cocoa.

I have never experimented with coffee syrups, but your comments have inspired me to try. :) Next time I head out to Bev Mo I'll have to investigate their syrup area.

Moxie, I have those flavored syrups also. My favorite is English Toffee. I love cold coffee drinks in the summer, and you are right Babette, so much cheaper!

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