Vanilla Iced Coffee
I love iced coffee.
I could chug it until I get the shakes.
And sometimes I even do. Both chug it AND get the shakes.
But it’s well worth the jitter fingers.
As an aside, recently I reviewed some books on food styling learned that many food and beverage photos with ice cubes are actually taken using fake, acrylic ice cubes in drinks and fake bubbles are placed into liquids. I can assure you, all ice cubes and bubbles are 100% real in my photos. As if I’d have the time or desire to do anything else when all I wanted to do was inhale my iced coffee!
My method & “recipe” for making Iced Coffee:
Brew coffee as usual
Drink all the hot coffee you want and take whatever is left over and put that in the refrigerator. That becomes tomorrow’s chilled coffee for iced coffee.
I don’t recommend making iced coffee with freshly brewed hot coffee. I do it in a pinch but the hot coffee melts the ice, it gets watered down, and it’s not ideal.
You can also add excess coffee to ice cube trays and freeze. The resulting iced coffee cubes are excellent to use as the ice for iced coffee.
I never just pour extra coffee down the sink. It either becomes iced-coffee-coffee or iced-coffee-cubes.
Take the sufficiently chilled/refrigerated coffee, add ice to it.
Add any of the following is of interest to you (or none of this):
milks: half and half, milk, nut milk, flavored creamers (I have previously discussed my love of Coffeemate French Vanilla)
sweeteners: stevia, liquid stevia (I find that liquid stevia is far superior to powdered stevia when working with cold beverages) and NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Drops are my go-to; real sugar (however there can be dissolving issues whereas “artificial” sweeteners like Splenda, Equal, Sweet ‘n Low will dissolve much better); or use a simple syrup (i.e. 1 part sugar to 1 part water dissolved in boiling water), honey, or agave.
others: vanilla/hazelnut/almond/cocoa bean extract, vanilla bean scrapings, cinnamon
dessert-like iced coffee: cocoa powder, whipped cream/Cool Whip, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate or caramel sauce drizzles on top or lining your cup with chocolate or caramel sauce first
Some people shake the whole mixture up in something like a Blender Bottle or a martini shaker or by inverting an empty glass over the top of the full glass with the coffee + ice cubes, but I just stir with a spoon or my straw.
I have to have a straw for iced coffees!
I love the local coffee in Aruba.
I can drink it hot…
I can suck one of these down in a hurry. Times two.
I love coffee, in general.
to flavored Smores Coffee
And I’ve posted about Caffeine Addiction. Oh well. But I do love coffee, caffeine and all.
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1. Do you like coffee? If so, what kind?
2. How do you like your coffee? Some would ask, how do you take your coffee?
I know some people say that they’re not “coffee people” but the way I make my coffee (not always but sometimes) it’s sweet and creamy. Just like drinking your dessert.
I cannot drink coffee black. If I had to choose between no cream or no sweetener, I would skip the sweetener but I have to have some sort of cream or else it’s just too bitter and black for me.
3. Do you like iced coffee?
Yes, I love it and as I said, I could chug it. Because it’s cold, I can drink it at a ridiculously fast rate and have to set myself a limit so that I’m not bouncing off the walls!
I can also drink iced coffee in the dead of winter.
And I can drink very hot, scalding hot, coffee in the height of summer or in hot climates like Aruba. Go figure.
goes down so easily…
Have a great Friday and enjoy the kickoff to the holiday weekend in the US!