his is an adaptation of The Pioneer Woman’s Iced Coffee receipt.
I’d like to show how exchanging the strainer and cheese cloth for your own drip coffee pot can work to provide a “clearer” brew.
Here we go!
Into a bowl or container that will hold about 6 quarts of liquid add:
- 8 oz. of ground coffee ( I used a combination of leftover Folger’s Columbian, Starbucks Espresso, and Topeca Santa Ana. I am sure you can use ANY brand of ground coffee. The better the coffee the better the flavor, but then everyone has different criteria as to what they think is good. Ask my Father-in-law.
- 1 gallon of water
Stir to be sure all grounds are wet. Cover and let steep for 8-12 hours. This is a cold brew sort of like sun tea.
Here’s a picture of my “swill.”
Strain through a paper filter in your drip coffee pot or put a coffee filter in a strainer, you could actually put a strong rubber band around the top of a glass with a coffee filter.
Warning! This receipt makes more than twelve cups of coffee. There are sixteen cups of water in a gallon of water of course. Naturally after the water extracted what moisture was in the ground coffee it made a bit more than sixteen cups. You can just guess how I was reminded of this. No pictures of that mess. It wasn’t pretty.
For our use of this brew I poured the coffee into ice cube trays and froze them. Soon after they were well frozen I popped them out into jars of various sorts and returned them to the freezer to be added as desired to hot cocoa during the autumn and winter seasons. You could also just pop one or two into your morning milk or chocolate milk if you like. In Oklahoma we can have an 80+ degree day any time of the year!
- Fill your favorite glass or mug with ice, add about a half glass of coffee or more depending on your taste in coffee.
- Fill it brim full of coffee only if you don’t like to add: half-n-half, milk of any fat concentration, or sweetener of your choice.
- Add chocolate syrup, sweetened condensed milk, amaretto, vanilla, or chocolate drink mix.
- Stir and add a straw if you like.
Play with it and enjoy with your family, friends, and neighbors. Have a coffee klat(s)ch (coffee and conversation)! You can call it a “cold coffee bar” (a drop of “rum, Jim” might be nice or your favorite “poison”/mixer) and have a “coffee party”. Maybe a coffee buffet? Next time you can have a “tea party”. Hmmm…salad bar, salad klat(s)ch, salad party, salad buffet? What will be next?
The old cowboys use to add a bit of leftover coffee to their stews and chili’s (or gravy). Use and enjoy what you have on hand. As Dr. Seuss would say, ” Oh, the thinks you can think”.