As I was walking around this morning in NYC's beautiful 103 degree weather, all I could think about was how nice a great, big iced coffee would be. Drinking hot coffee in this weather is almost offensive! But so is the price of iced coffee - in case you haven't noticed, iced coffee costs a bit more than regular coffee. Why, I don't know. It's the same thing as regular coffee, only iced, right? Wrong.
Iced coffee is brewed a little stronger to withstand colder temperatures and more mix-ins; people generally don't drink iced coffee black (real coffee drinkers wouldn't be caught dead drinking a fancy iced coffee). It also has to be made in batches so that it can be prepped and refrigerated the night before. Businesses can't just keep brewing a fresh pot once it's all gone. Ever try to ice hot coffee on your own? Most of the time you just end up with watery, lukewarm/cool coffee. And adding sugar to cold coffee just leaves you with partially sweetened coffee for most of your drink, and mouthful of gritty sugary sips at the end - ugh! Here's the recipe I use to enjoy iced coffee in the summer right in my own home.
Sugar Water T's Iced Coffee
Cold water - fill the coffee carafe to the 8 cup line
4 1/2 heaping Tbs of your favorite coffee (It's usually 1 Tbs per 2 cups of water, but the extra 1/2 Tbs is specifically brew it to be iced)
Simple Syrup (recipe to follow)
milk, creamer of your choice
**To make Simple Syrup - mix equal parts water to sugar and bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. For example, 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water. You can put this in a container and keep refrigerated for up to 6 months.
Make coffee according to directions. Once coffee stops brewing, remove from coffee maker base and place on top of a potholder (it will keep brewing slowly if you leave it on the base). After about 10 minutes, put into a pitcher or container and put in the refrigerator. Chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight. When you're ready for your iced coffee, fill a glass with ice and add coffee. Leave room for your favorite creamer or milk, and pour in simple syrup to taste. Stir and enjoy!
*For a fun martini, try 3/4 cup of the cold coffee, 3 Tbs of vodka, 2 Tbs of amaretto, Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) or Baileys, and a few drops of simple syrup. Add more or less to taste. Shake over ice and serve in a martini glass, or serve over ice. ;-)