Iced coffee is more than just cold coffee instead of hot. It’s like happiness in a bottle. It’s enticing, luxurious, slightly sweet — if you like it cold-brewed — or slightly robust — if you make it hot.
Iced Coffee, makes about 5-6 servings
2 1/2 quarts water to 5 ounces ground coffee, 2 tablespoons any combination of spices. Milk and sweeteners as you like.
In a large pitcher combine the water (cool or lukewarm), spices, and ground coffee. Try a little cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Try different combinations for the seasons! Give the mixture a stir and let it sit for about 8 hours. After it’s set strain the coffee through cheesecloth or a funnel and coffee filter in to another pitcher. Now you have your iced coffee base. This size will usually a few days to up to a week.
Fill a glass with ice and pour in your chilled iced coffee. I love it plain with a few generous tablespoons of cream.
Another great variation is to try adding a few spoonfuls of sweetened condensed milk. Try it! Just add a spoonful or two at first and adjust the sweetness level as you taste.
You can always add more cream, milk or sugar; but taking out sweetness is much more difficult. Taste and find your perfect iced coffee combination!