Whether in a winter storm or soaring high temperatures in the summer, there is no time of year specifically chosen to treat yourself with an iced coffee. When your throat craves to be quenched, there’s no better drink.
Now, you can go right ahead and pull cash out of your pocket for your favorite brew or you can simply learn how to make it at home right in your Keurig. Really, it’s super quick and easy as pie.
There was a time, not too long ago, when if you wanted to make iced coffee, you would make a whole pot and then you’d have to let it cool. If you put ice cubes in too quickly, you’d have a cup of very weak coffee. So, you let it cool. OR…you would get your coffee grounds and steep it in cold water overnight. Who in the world has time to do that in this day and age?
If you want the cold overnight brew, it’s great for the rest of the week batch. However, if you are looking for a fix (coffee of course) and you want it ASAP, just make a single service from a Keurig. It will produce for you a delicious glass in less than half the time.
Let’s put it to a test. Here is the more simple way to brew a cup of iced coffee:
Because you will be adding ice, you may want to double up by using two k-cups and by choosing the smallest cup setting on your machine. This will enable you to brew a very strong up of coffee that will end up diluting some in your iced glass anyway. So why not go for the strongest?
After your coffee is brewed, add your sweetener or sugar to the hot coffee so that it will dissolve. This will prevent you from taking that last swig full of sugar from the bottom of the glass.
If you refrigerate for just about twenty minutes to a half hour, it will chill enough to add the ice and not worry about diluting your coffee too much. You’ve seen what happens when you pour a hot beverage over ice cubes. Instant dilution.
Now it is time to pour your cooled beverage in a tall glass, add the ice and milk and any flavorings to your taste. You can almost feel the cool going down your throat, can’t you?
No doubt, iced coffee is a favorite summer essential, and getting in your car to go to a coffee shop and pay up to four dollars is so silly when you can use the above recipe for pennies.
The basic truth is that if you put something in water and it can dissolve, naturally it will permeate the water with its flavor, similar to aged whiskey that’s put into a sherry cask. When you put that whiskey to your lips, immediately you will taste the wood. Coffee works exactly the same way. Put ground coffee in water and after a while, the water tastes like coffee. That’s what cold brewing really is.
Now heat will accelerate that process, and it also makes coffee far more acidic and that’s what people want.
So when you brew your Keurig coffee and let it set for a half hour or so, the flavor really sets in, and now you can see why. And, when you add the ice and milk, and of course whatever flavor you fancy, then you will probably think that you have the best cup of iced coffee ever brewed.
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