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The Perfect Summer Treat: Iced Coffee

Ahhh! The magic of iced coffee in the summertime. It is a deliciously refreshing drink that gives you the benefits of hot coffee without the heat. While it is a "hot" trend now, it's history goes back to the 1840's as the cold coffee drink Mazagran from Algeria. Mazagran is a coffee syrup blended with chilled water. That basic recipe has expanded to what is a wide range of iced coffee of today. Currently, iced coffee is prepared in several different ways, each providing a difference in taste. The cold brewed technique gives coffee a different taste that greatly reduces the bitterness of hot coffee, giving it a different flavor. If you like your iced coffee sweetened, you may want to brew it hot, add the sweetener, and then chill.

How Do You Make Iced Coffee?

The magic of cold brewed coffee is usually made by soaking the coffee grounds overnight in water. No heating required. Fresh grounds or packaged grounds can be used. Make sure that you use coarse ground coffee so you can strain all the ground with having any find their way into your cup. Overnight your water becomes coffee. Strain out the grounds and the coffee is ready. Add ice, milk, sweetener, or drink it black iced, and enjoy.

Hot brewed coffee can be iced. The magic is to make it a bit stronger than you normally do to offset the drink becoming diluted when adding ice. Be sure to add any sweetener before cooling with the ice. Instant coffee is also an option. Just add the hot water to the coffee powder, any sweetener, and let cool. Adding cold milk will help to cool down the coffee before putting in the ice. Once again, you make want to make the coffee a little stronger due to the ice diluting your drink.

You can use your French press to make cold brew coffee. Put your grounds and water into the press but don't plunge. Put the press in a cool place and let stand overnight. Remember to add extra grounds to make it a bit stronger if adding ice. Plunge when ready to pour.

Iced Coffee Recipes

Coffee Ice Cube Magic

This is a sweet magical trick that can solve several things at once. Make ice cubes from your hot coffee with milk and sweetener. Place the coffee mixture in an ice tray, freeze, and add to your hot coffee. Allow a couple of minutes for the cubes to dissolve and your refreshing drink is ready to enjoy. For more fun, add chocolate milk mix, sweetened condensed milk, or caramel for an added flavor boost.

Cold Coffee Frozen Magic Pops

If you have a popsicle mold handy, frozen coffee pops can cool you down on a hot afternoon. Mix 1/3 cup of heavy cream with a teaspoon of sugar and fill six molds with this mixture, dividing evenly. Freeze for around an hour. Combine 2 tablespoons of heavy cream with 2 teaspoons of sugar. Add 2 cups of cold brewed or chilled hot brewed coffee to the cream/sugar mixture. Fill the frozen cream popsicle molds with the mixture. Let freeze completely. Run water over the outside of the molds to release the popsicle easily.

Cold Brew Magic Frozen Parfit

In the bottom of a stemmed glass, add a layer of whipped cream. Place in freezer for about 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, mix up your favorite cold coffee recipe. Remove your glass from the freezer, pour your coffee brew on top of the whipped cream. Add ice. Then place a topping of whipped cream with a cherry for a delicious chilled treat.

I Want S'more Chilled Magic

This is a cold brew coffee drink based on a dessert favorite. To start off, make a homemade marshmallow cream using heavy cream, powdered sugar, and marshmallow bits. Mix the heavy cream until it forms peaks, then add a small amount of powdered sugar and mix again until peaks form. Fold in the marshmallow bits. Pour cold brew coffee with cold chocolate milk into a glass, add marshmallow mixture, and sprinkle with graham crackers crumbs on top. Add a straw and enjoy.

Let's Go A Little Nuts

If dairy is not your thing, then a great substitute to add to your iced coffee is a nut milk such as almond, cashew or coconut. Yummy! Enjoy!