The idea of cold coffee was never appealing to me until I got a Frappuccino one day. It was during the summer and I'm pretty sure it was in the 90's but I was craving coffee. There was NO WAY I was going into Starbucks and ordering a hot cup with sweat dripping off me from the short walk from my car into the cafe. It started with a frappuccino and quickly I was determined to make my own iced coffee. While I still enjoy Starbucks, it's not in my budget to go there everyday or even once a week really. Since I'm not in college, there isn't one close to me, which is a good thing.
I have tried about four different ice coffee recipes and this one I found at Take A Megabite is my favorite so far. Why is it my favorite? It's simple and only calls for coffee, water, milk (heavy cream in my case) and I add chocolate syrup and a little sugar. I always have these ingredients on hand so it's budget friendly :) I don't like my coffee really strong so this recipe works for me but you can tweak it as you see fit.
Cold Brewed Ice Coffee
Original Source: Smitten Kitchen
Found on: Take A Megabite
1/3 cup ground coffee (I buy whole bean and grind it myself)
1 1/2 cups water
heavy cream or milk
Mix ground coffee and water, cover and allow to sit overnight at room temperature.
Strain coffee twice with a fine mesh sieve that's been lined with cheesecloth or you can use a coffee filter.
Fill your glass half full with ice and pour in coffee, heavy cream/half&half/milk, and a few tablespoons of chocolate syrup and sugar if desired.
Sip and ENJOY!