As promised, I’m back to hang out today. Only for a bit though… I have to get back to this…
Minus the blanket… it’s past noon, blankets are no longer needed.
Now that the temperature is starting to heat up, I find myself in a perpetual state of iced coffee cravings. You know it’s bad when you’re in the middle of a run and have to fight the urge to stop at the local coffee shop and get one on the way home.
That’s not normal.
Because of this incredibly caffeinated state of mind, I decided to embark on a little iced coffee making of my own. I did some research, but nothing really seemed to be me.
If you’re into making large vats of coffee, Ree at The Pioneer Woman has a pretty in depth tutorial. I didn’t have the time or the desire for that large of quantity (I hate stale coffee), so I decided to go it on my own.
I first brewed some coffee… some really strong coffee… only because I detest the weak stuff… you can decide what’s best for you.
If you follow Natty Nook on Facebook, then you probably saw that I ran out of coffee filters in the middle of this whole charade so I improvised… as my Alma Mater says, “ingenuity sets us apart.”
… yes, that’s a folded up paper towel… you’ve done this loads of times, right?
I let the coffee cool a bit, but not too long. Before putting it in the fridge to really cool, I poured some into ice cube trays to make some coffee ice cubes because you know how I feel about weak coffee.
After the coffee was a perfectly acceptable temp, I poured it over the ice cubes and voila! Iced coffee… I still had some of that International Delight pre-made coffee in the fridge that I was wanting to use up, so for my second glass I added a cup of the pre-made stuff and topped it off with my own brew. It was definitely a nice change up.
So here’s my take on iced coffee:
1. Make in small quantities so it doesn’t get that stale taste.
2. Use coffee ice cubes to keep from watering down your java.
3. If you have it, sweetened condensed milk is the cherry on top… but then again, isn’t it always?
Happy Tuesday friends!