The easy way to make iced coffee

Calling all coffee lovers – the perfect chilled version of your favourite drink.

22 Sep 2020

Iced coffees aren’t just for Summer. Why miss out on the creamy, caffeine-y goodness just because the sun’s gone in? That would just be adding insult to injury.

But what to do when your favourite coffee shop’s closed? Or the nearest one’s a trek? It’s time to make our own.

There are a few ways to do this. And they depend on the lengths you’re willing to for that true cold coffee taste. Or how decadent you’re feeling that day.

 

Sugar syrup: for those with a sweet tooth

If you want your iced coffee sweet, you’re going to have to make sugar syrup. It takes some time. But there’s good news: once you’ve made it, you can store it in the fridge for 1-2 weeks in an airtight container.

Ingredients:

  • 100g sugar
  • 235ml water
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • Lots of ice

How to:

  1. Combine the sugar and water together in a medium saucepan
  2. Put the saucepan over a medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved
  3. Let it cool
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract

 

Basic iced coffee: for beginners

This is the easiest method- only taking a few minutes to whip up something tasty.

Ingredients:

  • A shot of espresso from an espresso maker OR two teaspoons of instant coffee grounds
  • Sugar syrup (optional)
  • Any kind of milk

How to:

  1. EITHER make your shot of espresso OR add a few tablespoons of boiling water to the instant coffee grounds
  2. Leave it to cool
  3. Add several ice cubes
  4. Pour your chilled milk and syrup on top to your taste

 

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Cold coffee: for coffee purists with a cafetière

To make cold coffee you’ll need to brew it overnight. The longer wait time is worth it though. Because it doesn’t need as much ice, it doesn’t get diluted by all the extra water. Plus, the long brew time avoids makes it a smoother, less bitter drink.

Like the sugar syrup, you can store any left-over cold brew coffee for a week. Just keep it refrigerated in an airtight container- like a mason jar.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 115 g coffee grounds
  • 700ml filtered cold water
  • Ice
  • Sugar syrup (optional)
  • Any kind of milk

How to:

  1. Pour the coffee grounds into your cafetière and add the cold water
  2. Stir them together so the grounds are completely wet
  3. Put your cafetière lid back on without pushing the plunger down
  4. Let the coffee sit and brew for 14-16 hours at room temperature
  5. Press the plunger down and your cold coffee is ready to go!
  6. Add one or two ice cubes
  7. Add your sugar syrup and milk to your tastes

 

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Supercharge your cold/iced coffee

Now is the time to treat yourself. Why? It just is. So why not add a bit of pizazz to your iced coffee? There’s a bunch of things you could try – just not all at once!

  • Mint essence
  • Coconut essence
  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Vanilla milk
  • Chocolate milk
  • A dollop of ice cream

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