Attention retail stores, parents, teachers and food bloggers! Summer is not over yet! As a matter of fact, it’s not technically over for another month. And even if we go with the unofficial summer end date of Labor Day, there’s still over a week of summer left. So please stop with the Fall recipes, clothing and whining about how Summer is over. It’s annoying.
Summer is my favorite time of year. So I refuse to hop on the apples and sweaters bandwagon in August. I’ll enjoy my flip-flops, sunshine, warm temperatures and cold drinks as long as possible, thankyouverymuch. Which brings me (almost) to Iced Coffee.
First, let me say that, just like I don’t know much about wine, I also don’t know much about coffee. However, I do know what I like and don’t like. I like my coffee strong and sweet; and I enjoy flavored coffees. I love coffee shops, but try not to go more than once or twice a week. I can’t stand Starbucks. When I do go to a coffee shop, I stop at Staufs in Grandview for a coffee and a bagel or scone. That’s also where I usually buy my coffee beans, which finally brings me back to Iced Coffee.
Last summer, I cold-brewed my iced coffee using this method. But it was kind of a pain, and I didn’t like the flavor as much. This summer, I’ve made my iced coffee by brewing a super strong pot of coffee, adding sugar, and keeping it in a pitcher in the fridge. Here’s how I do it.
Makes 6-8 glasses
Whole coffee beans
1/4 cup white sugar (if desired)
1. Fill a standard, 8-cup drip coffeemaker with the maximum amount of water.
2. Coarsely grind coffee beans. Add coffee to coffeemaker, using 2-3 tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounce cup of water. Brew coffee as usual.
3. When coffee is done brewing, pour into a pitcher and mix in about 1/4 cup of sugar. Adding sugar while the coffee is still hot will help it dissolve completely.
4. To serve, pour over ice and skim milk. Stir and enjoy!
Quick Note: I usually use flavored coffee for this. I’m partial to Coconut, but Staufs Snickerdoodle and Highland Grog also make great iced coffee.