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August 22, 2011

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guest post | The Secret to Easy Iced Coffee

Two of my favorite bloggers have agreed to guest post this week.  I am so very excited to let Stephanie from Henry Happened take over for me today!  Especially since she’s sharing her secret for making a favorite drink of mine.  I’ve always wondered how to do this, and cannot wait to try out her suggestion…  And I have another guest post scheduled for Wednesday!  
Enjoy!

Hello A Daily Something readers!  I’m Stephanie, and I write over at Henry Happened.  I was so excited when Rebecca asked me to guest post for her.  She gave me the marvelous idea of a beach picnic that I re-created on our vacation.  Romantic, right?

I tried to come up with a cool DIY for Rebecca – I love fun DIYs – but all of my efforts lately have been total flops.  Ugh.  So I thought I’d share my new favorite afternoon pick-me-up.

I used to make iced coffee by just adding ice cubes to my leftover hot-coffee-turned-cold.  Then I added a lot of milk and sugar to cover up the bitter and gritty taste.

Then I discovered the secret to iced coffee – cold brewing!  All you need to do is steep ground coffee in cold water overnight.  This reduces the acidity and bitterness – leaving a mild, mellow flavor.  Add a dash of milk and maybe a little sugar, and it’s cold and refreshing.

Want to give it a try?  I tested two recipes – one from Oprah and one from Martha.  This round Oprah wins.


Make Your Own Easy Iced Coffee

Adapted from Oprah magazine


You’ll need:

  • Ground coffee
  • Water
  • Fresh press or a pitcher with a lid

What to do:

Stir together 1/2 cup of ground coffee with 1/2 cup cold water in French press or pitcher. Then add 2 more cups of water. Put lid on if needed and then let it sit for at least 12 hours. Strain the grounds with a fine sieve or paper filter.

Fill glass with desired amount of ice and equal amounts of water and coffee concentrate. Add milk and sugar as needed. My favorite is a splash of almond milk. Store the coffee concentrate in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


Want to save $5 and make your own fancy Starbucks frappe?

Blend 1 1/2 cups coffee concentrate (recipe above) with:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • A big handful of ice

Top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Enjoy!

Thanks again for having me Rebecca! And stop by Henry Happened and say hi!

*Thanks so much, Stephanie!

till tomorrow,

Rebecca

P.S. Thanks for all the birthday wishes last week!

  1. adele

    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Oooh I goot try this xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  2. Nikki Sue

    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    // Yummy!!!

  3. sherri lynn

    August 22nd, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I LOVE iced coffee! It is my afternoon pick up too! I usually just brew coffee and then store it in the fridge, but I need to try this way!

  4. Alexa

    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    So easy and I totally want one now! Ha!
    xo
    Alexa
    http://www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

  5. {The Perfect Palette}

    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I heart iced coffee.

    xoxo, chrissy
    The Perfect Palette

  6. Andrea@Fancy That!

    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Almond milk–now there's a delicious coffee secret! I'll have to give vanilla soy a try as well.

  7. HazelandMare

    August 22nd, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    That is so smart! I am so excited to try this- my fiance loves iced coffee and we always did the ice-cubes-in-hot-coffee method. But this recipe sounds way better! 🙂

  8. Stephanie @ henry happened

    August 22nd, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Rebecca – thanks so much for having me!! 🙂

  9. pushups with polish

    August 22nd, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    thanks for this! i have always wondered how to make the perfect iced coffee. happy monday xxo

  10. Lara {simply irresistible}

    August 22nd, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Thats a great tip. I always just add ice cubes and it never tastes quite right. Thanks for the post and happy monday!

  11. Lindsay @ Delighted Momma

    August 23rd, 2011 at 2:18 am

    LOVE IT!!! Great post Stephanie!

  12. Victoria

    August 23rd, 2011 at 3:23 am

    I think I may have to try this tonight!

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