Why is it that no matter how hard we try, it’s nearly impossible to make an iced coffee at home that tastes as good as our favorite café or drive-thru? It’s just coffee and ice, right?! We have all been there, its hot out, you need a mid-day caffeine boost, and are craving some iced coffee. How hard could it be to whip some up at home? Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than just tossing some ice in a cup of coffee, and we have all learned that the hard way.
A common issue with DIY iced coffee that everyone seems to have, is the ice part. So, you filled your glass half full of ice and poured the coffee in. The ice melted ASAP, and now you have a lukewarm cup of watered down iced coffee, with no ice left in it.
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There’s a secret to homemade iced coffee that a lot of people aren’t aware of. Iced coffee in your iced coffee! No, that’s not a typo. If you noticed that your ice is diluting your coffee and you can’t get the temperature right, then you are not alone. Here’s a little tip – instead of using traditional ice cubes, aka frozen water, try using ice cubes made of coffee. It’s very simple to make coffee ice cubes, simply fill your ice cube trays with coffee rather than water! That way when the ice does melt, it actually adds a little coffee boost to your drink, rather than watering it down.
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Once you master the coffee ice cubes, the possibilities really are endless. Personally, I like to stick to a pretty basic iced coffee recipe. I’ve been trying to cut some of the calories out of my coffee habit these days. When I am done with my coffee in the morning, I turn off the pot, usually leaving about 1-2 cups in the machine. Later in the day, the coffee has cooled off and is no room temperature. Pouring boiling hot coffee onto ice is just a watery mess waiting to happen.
Check out my simple iced coffee recipe below, and feel free to share any tips and tricks of your own in the comment section!
- 1 Cup of Room Temperature Coffee (NOT Hot)
- 5-6 Cubes Of Frozen Coffee
- 2 TBSP Sugar-Free French Vanilla Creamer
- A Dash Of Whipped Cream On Top