PONY'TUDE Gets Cooking: Cold Brew Iced Coffee
In summertime, iced coffee is an essential part of my diet. It's delicious, it's caffeinated, and it's a great way to enjoy a cold treat pre- or post-ride. But buying iced coffee out can get expensive, not to mention that flavored iced coffee drinks, while tasty, can be PACKED with extra sugar and calories, and nobody needs that.
So, using my standard M.O. (cheaper and healthier!) I started making my own cold-brew iced coffee based off of the method in The Pioneer Woman's recipe. The process, while it does take some time, couldn't be simpler, and the result is delicious homemade iced coffee that you can fix exactly the way you like. Pour this liquid gold into an insulated travel cup and you're ready to hit the road!
Alli's Cold-Brew Iced Coffee
-Up to 1lb ground coffee, depending on the size of your brewing container. I prefer dark roast for iced coffee, but use whatever you like!
-Cold water; filtered is best but tap works just fine!
-Milk, cream, sugar, or flavored creamer to taste
To make this delicious iced coffee, you're going to need a large container of some sort. I use this big 8-cup Pyrex measuring cup, but you could use any sort of pitcher, tupperware container, jar, bucket, etc. that fits in your fridge. Make note of the size of the container because...
I use a 1-4 ratio of coffee to water to make my brew. For an 8-cup batch, I dump about 2 cups of ground coffee into the container. Here's where you can experiment a bit - the more coffee you use, the stronger your cold-brew will be. Iced coffee should ideally be stronger than hot, as the melting ice will dilute your drink a bit. However, as with all of the recipes I share, you just do you! Experiment with ratios until you find what you like best.
|In case you didn't know what water & coffee grinds look like when mixed together... here you go.|
|I need to go food shopping...|
The most time-consuming part of this whole process is the straining. I've found a couple methods that work really well for me - Straining the coffee directly into the serving pitcher with a mesh strainer and coffee filter, OR using a french press machine to strain it. Use whatever you like, use cheesecloth in a strainer, I don't care, just make sure you have a way to get all of the grinds out!
|This is a slow process...|
|And reminds me of the mud pits at Yellowstone just a little bit.|