Sunday, July 14, 2013

44 Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

This girl loves coffee...Nothing like Iced Cold Coffee on a warm summer day! I love the taste of those cute little iced coffee bottles... you know the ones.... you buy them in 4 packs...and they costs LOTS of  money $$!

How to Make Creamy Iced Coffee

While I LOVE the flavor of the cute little bottled coffee...I do NOT enjoy the price. Then I discovered  how to cold brew coffee and have enjoyed it this way for the past two summers.  If you enjoy iced coffee you have to try it...

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee brought to you by Life After Empty Nest. Best Iced Coffee you'll EVER make at home!

 

I used to drink the left over coffee pot coffee.  Threw a few ice cubes in it and I was good to go....but truthfully, I didn't enjoy the bitter aftertaste.

If you cold-brew ~ you will enjoy a smooth, acid-free coffee base PERFECT for a refreshing cold drink...and the cream...wait until you taste the cream!!

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee is Easy to Make 

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee brought to you by Life After Empty Nest. Best Iced Coffee you'll EVER make at home

 

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee brought to you by Life After Empty Nest. Best Iced Coffee you'll EVER make at home

Ingredients

  • gallon of drinking or spring water
  • coffee - I buy whole bean and grind it coarsely (12 oz)
  • can of evaporated milk
  • can of sweetened condensed milk

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Pour some of the water out of the gallon container into a pitcher. (you'll add it back later) Use a funnel and pour the whole package of coffee into the gallon jug.  I usually stop twice, put the lid back on, and give it a shake.
Cold Brewed Iced Coffee brought to you by Life After Empty Nest. Best Iced Coffee you'll EVER make at home

After all of the coffee has been added I pour as much of the water I removed back in. The I shake it up and wait....


As put best by Tom Petty..."The waiting is the hardest part" This baby has to brew...yes..walk away and let it do its thing!! I usually brew for about 12 to 24 hours.  (I prepare it in the evening and strain in the morning)  

Filtering the Coffee

This takes time...filtering the coffee so you get rid of the grounds (don't want those floating around in this yummy iced coffee)


I use a fine mesh strainer and coffee filters.  (you could also use cheese cloth) I change the coffee filter a few times during filtering.  This is a SLOW process, but be patient...it is WORTH it!!


I pour enough to fill the strainer and then go do something else, then I come back and add more every few minutes.  Now is a fantastic time to make the CREAMER!

Iced Coffee Creamer

Pour the Evaporated and Sweetened Condensed Milk together and mix.  I use this old fashioned milk carafe (that I am obsessed with) and shake.  
Cold Brewed Iced Coffee brought to you by Life After Empty Nest. Best Iced Coffee you'll EVER make at home
After you have strained the coffee you are ready for a glass of the BEST ICED coffee you've ever had!!
First Add Ice
Cold Brewed Iced Coffee brought to you by Life After Empty Nest. Best Iced Coffee you'll EVER make at home
 Then Coffee Base
Cold Brewed Iced Coffee brought to you by Life After Empty Nest. Best Iced Coffee you'll EVER make at home

 Top with Cream Mixture
Cold Brewed Iced Coffee brought to you by Life After Empty Nest. Best Iced Coffee you'll EVER make at home


Enjoy Your Iced Coffee in a Favorite Summertime Spot

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee brought to you by Life After Empty Nest. Best Iced Coffee you'll EVER make at home
Store the coffee and creamer in the fridge for up to a month.... mine won't last quite that long. 
Now I'm off to enjoy a glass by the pool...while my pups swim!

Are you going to try this? 
Let me know what you think!! Delicious Iced Coffee for a fraction of the cost!! 

More Yumminess UPDATE - Love Coffee + Chocolate ??? Make it a MOCHA! Click here to read how!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo






Sign Up For My Latest ~ Straight to Your In-Box!


/ ( mm / dd )
~Places I May be Linking To~

44 comments:

  1. I am so giving my hubby this recipe!! He loves making iced coffee each summer and I'm sure he'd like to try something new! Thanks for sharing!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Let me know how he likes it Selene!
      Thanks for reading!
      xoxo

      Delete
  2. Just how much coffee are you adding to the jug? I read the directions a few times... didn't see the amount anywhere.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sorry Gail. I use the whole package of coffee. (12 oz) Start with your favorite coffee and use the whole thing!!
      It depends on your taste. You can adjust the amount the next time if you feel like it was too strong.
      Enjoy!
      xoxo

      Delete
  3. Oh Yummm, I have to try this! I'm an iced coffee fan all summer long and haven't seen a recipe with the condensed milk. Thanks for sharing :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I look forward to trying this! I like to make decaf iced coffee for the afternoon heat. The creamer looks delicious!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I'll try the next batch with decaf. I enjoy it in the afternoon as well...been staying up late these hot summer nights!
      The creamer is...Yum-O!
      xoxo

      Delete
  5. This coffee sounds great. My husband loves iced coffee, I'll have to make this for him sometime. Pinning to try! I'd love for you to share this on my Sweet Tooth Tuesdays blog link party!!

    http://sarahlynnssweets.blogspot.com/2013/07/sweet-tooth-tuesdays-10.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the invite Sarah! (and the pin!)
      I think your hubby will LOVE it!!
      I hop over and join the party!!
      xoxo

      Delete
  6. Replies
    1. It is kinda like sun tea...I bet it would brew faster in the sun....hmmmm, now you have me thinking Gypsy Nesters!!
      xoxo

      Delete
  7. Oh my gosh, I am nearly an addict to those cute iced coffees as well, and have resorted to making some coffee cubes (found on Pinterst). But never heard of cold brewing before. Sounds like the perfect solution for me on the weekends - when I hate drinking hot coffee while getting errands done.
    Thank you so much for sharing this! I'm your newest follower!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ali...I love your enthusiasm! Can't wait till you make it...You HAVE to let me know what you think!!
      It tastes just like those little bottles....just wait!!!
      Let me know if you agree!
      xoxo

      Delete
  8. This sounds awesome....new follower on Bloglovin!
    Deborah
    www.threedawgladydesigns.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. Cold brew coffee seriously changed my life..I'm obsessed! The filtering part can get a little tedious, and I often end up making a mess of the kitchen, while my boyfriend rolls his eyes..but it's so worth it and really simplifies my mornings! I usually just mix with half and half..but maybe one weekend morning I'll have to try this! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree...the filtering can be tedious but worth it!
      Try the cream...I just bought nonfat evaporated and sweetened condensed milk last night. Trying that this weekend...watching my girlish figure! : )
      xoxo

      Delete
  10. Although I don't drink coffee, with my busy schedule every once in a while I'll stop in at McDonalds and grab me a Frappe (I feel they make the best), but I hate those calories! This seems like a great alternative. I have been looking all over the internet trying to find a recipe I like and this one looks fabulous! Can't wait to try it. Oh I have seen where people use coffee cubes (frozen coffee) so it don't water down the taste.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you try it Jodi. After you make a glass, you could always put it in the blender with some ice to get the Frappe consistency.
      Let me know what you think if you decide to try it!
      xoxo

      Delete
  11. This looks great. I've heard of cold brewed coffee but never really knew how it worked. I definitely have to try this my husband and I love iced coffee.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Let me know what you think after you try it Joy!
      My friend hosted a luncheon yesterday and served the iced coffee!
      It was a BIG HIT!
      xoxo

      Delete
  12. Sharon, this iced coffee looks just perfect! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board and hope you will join us again next week. Have a fantastic weekend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for hosting Cindy! Love the "Best of the Weekend" Party!
      I appreciate the "pin" and of course I'll be back!! : )
      xoxo

      Delete
  13. I love cold brewed coffee... even better then hot brewed. I make mine in my french press pot. works like a charm. Now I just need to start making my own coffee creamers and I am set. Found you over at the Best of the Weekend Link Party

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great idea to use the french press! I may strain that way next time!! Going to make another jug this weekend...hmmm

      Yes, PLEASE make the creamer...I tried buying both the milks fat free and it was just as yummy without ALL the FAT!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      xoxo

      Delete
  14. I've never seen it made this way. Is your water cold? I am assuming so. I love coffee! & sipping on an iced coffee as I type. Thanks for sharing last week @DearCreatives sorry I didn't get by sooner.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You have to try it this way Theresa! You will LOVE it. Very smooth when brewed this way.
      The water is not cold, it is room temp. I buy a jug from the store and make it when I get home. I only refrigerate after it is done brewing and I have strained it.
      I think it is called cold brewed just because you never use heat.
      Thanks for hosting! I enjoy linking up with you!
      xoxo

      Delete
  15. Great post. I just did a post for Seattle's Best too, and I definitely wanted to come visit to see your take. Love it. Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jodi! Sorry I missed your give away. I'll be on the look out for the next one!
      xoxo

      Delete
  16. oh that seriously looks amazing!! I love iced coffee and cold brew is the best!!! thanks for linking up to nap-timecreations.com Tasteful Tuesday party. You are being featured today in a summer fun round up. I would love for you to come on over and check it out. Feel free to spread the word of the round up on your favorite social media :o) Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Emily you made my day!! So excited for the feature! I did shout it from every media option!!
      xoxo

      Delete
  17. This sounds delicious! I have never tried cold brew before--now I'm intrigued. I'll have to give it a try!
    xoxo
    Michelle@ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is amazing how different the cold brewed tastes! Can't wait to hear what you think Michelle!
      xoxo

      Delete
  18. I have a sign in my kitchen that reads I like a little bit of coffee with my cream! So true. I love this recipe! Pinning to my C'mon have a Drink Board. I love the use of the evaporated milk since that is what I use on mine everyday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I should own that sign Lizbeth!! Thanks for the "pin"
      xoxo

      Delete
  19. My hubby found your blog and this recipe (I don't even know how he found it, connecting links, I think, haha!) I just made it and it's SOOO GOOD!!! Thank you!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well your hubby is amazing! So glad he found me and that you LOVE the iced coffee! Thanks for letting me know you loved it! Made my day!
      xoxo

      Delete
  20. Sounds so yummy! I'd love for you to link this up at SEW licous Home Decor party! I do FB and newsletter features! http://sewlicioushomedecor.com/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-44/

    Marti

    ReplyDelete
  21. I'm confused as to why you need to add water to the coffee? Can I just brew ground coffee in my coffee pot, cool it off in the fridge, and then add the creamer, since the coffee in the pot is already made with water? Then I wouldn't have to filter?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great question Stephanie! The answer is in the taste. When you cold brew it doesn't have any after taste or bitterness. It is hard to explain but it is very smooth. Believe me if it tasted the same I wouldn't go through the work of straining it. Another reader (Marlys above) suggested after it brews strain using a French Press. I tried it and it was so easy. thanks to her that is how I strain it now.
      Hope you'll try it and see how yummy it is!
      xoxo

      Delete
  22. Thanks for sharing this...you were featured this week at SEW licious Craft Showcase.


    http://sewlicioushomedecor.com/show-licious-craft-showcase-link-party-46/

    Marti

    ReplyDelete

I'd LOVE to hear from you! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you're thinking!