The summer is already thinking of packing its things and traveling elsewhere, but it is potent enough yet for us to indulge in our love for iced coffee. Got commercial ice makers at home? If you have already purchased one, you must be a connoisseur well above this little article; if you are only thinking of acquiring one, it’s hot enough for it, just make sure you choose the right category of ice makers by type of ice or by type of cooling. Meanwhile, you can stop by a good local restaurant or – a bolder step – prepare a cold-brew iced coffee concentrate and play with it at home for your sweet satisfaction. With a little help from these five great ideas for an iced-coffee enhanced afternoon.
Iced coffee concentrate
First, you won’t like to go the easy way and just add ice to your freshly brewed coffee – you will only succeed in watering down a good drink. You can always chill a cup of coffee, but you’ll certainly lose the divine aroma. To get a really enjoyable drink do it like this:
Mix up coffee grounds and water in a pitcher, cover up the mixture and let it come to at room temperature. Give it about 12 hours at least, 24 hours would be even better.
Using a fine-mesh strainer and a coffee filter, pour the beverage into a bowl in a thin stream (don’t rush it). The solids in the pitcher and in the strainer can go now. Give the pitcher a good wash, pour the strained coffee back into it and cover it. Now place it in the refrigerator to be chilled for a minimum of a couple of hours (but you can let it chill much longer actually).
Then get it out, dilute with milk or with water, sweeten to taste, and you are set with a wonderful cup of invigorating drink.
Want to enhance the pleasure?
Coconut Cardamom Iced Coffee
Brown a mixture of coconut flakes and a little cardamom stirring it constantly; 3 minutes can be sufficient. Put in a blender the mixture, some iced coffee concentrate, some coconut milk, and about 1/8 teaspoon cardamom; sweeten and give it a good blend-up for about 5 seconds. Then put some ice in glasses and pour over your coffee. You can sprinkle shredded coconut on top.
Iced Mexican Mocha
Mix up whole milk, as much chocolate syrup as you like, and hot pepper sauce (without garlic!). Put ice into glasses, add iced coffee concentrate and the mixture you prepared and stir up well.
Iced Caramel Macchiato
Pour a tablespoon of a vanilla-flavored syrup into a glass, fill one-third of it with ice cubes, add milk, and finally add iced-coffee concentrate slowly. Top with caramel sauce.
Iced Horchata Coffee
Put in a blender one cup of uncooked rice, two cups water and raw almonds to taste (say half a cup). Blend it into a coarse mixture for about 2 minutes. Strain it, add iced-coffee concentrate and a tablespoon of blue-agave nectar.