Drinks & Cocktails

Iced Coffee

July 13, 2011

Welcome to my latest addiction. I am obsessed with Iced Coffee. I’ve tried for years to brew coffee and turn it into an icy delicious concoction, but failed every time. What makes it more pitiful is I’ve worked at 3 coffee shops in my lifetime, but I could never duplicate it at home. Probably because I don’t have a ginormous espresso machine and honestly, I don’t really care for espresso, but prefer coffee. I searched the interwebs and landed on a popular blog, made her recipe, and gagged. Way too strong and bitter. Fortunately for me, I have no problem griping on Twitter, and that led to Erin from One Particular Kitchen coming to my rescue!

Iced Coffee

So, how’s it taste?

I’m. In. Heaven. I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to hot coffee, even in the winter. Who knew you could cold brew coffee? Kind of makes sense though. Why heat it up just to ice it down? Erin’s ratio of coffee grounds to cold water is perfect. She also taught me to fill up my glass halfway with the concentrate. It’s too strong and bitter if you use more. It’s so good, I dare say it’s better than the uber-expensive version at a coffee shop. What I like best is you can experiment with different coffees. I’ve made this concentrate using a chocolate truffle flavored coffee and it turned out really well. It added a hint of chocolate to my drink without adding any calories. You could really jazz it up with flavored syrups, too. I use Splenda for my sweetener so I don’t have trouble with it dissolving. You may want to use a simple syrup to sweeten your drink as regular sugar won’t dissolve easily. Guess who’s got a recipe for that? Erin does! You can also blend this drink if you like a thicker consistency. I’m so hardcore about my iced coffee that I’m now making extra concentrate to freeze as ice cubes so my drink never gets watered down. I wasn’t kidding when I said welcome to my latest addiction!

How do you like your coffee?

Iced Coffee

from One Particular Kitchen
makes about 1 quart


Coffee Concentrate
2/3 cup coarsely ground coffee
1 quart cold water

Iced Coffee
coffee concentrate
sugar, optional


1. Place ground coffee in a 1-quart container. Add water.

2. Let sit for 8-12 hours, depending on how strong you like your coffee concentrate.

3. Place a coffee filter in a mesh strainer and set over another 1-quart container. Pour ground coffee/water mixture through the filter. It will take a bit to completely filter through. Refrigerate concentrate.

5. To make iced coffee, fill your glass with desired amount of ice. Fill the glass halfway with the concentrate. Fill the rest of the glass with milk. Add sugar, if desired.

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  • Erin @ One Particular Kitchen July 13, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Bwah, hah, ha! Welcome to my addiction! Seriously, I’m so glad you loved it too. 🙂

  • Tory Thompson July 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I am going to make the concentrate RIGHT NOW!

  • Bek Davis August 16, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I just whipped some up with some mocha flavored coffee grounds. Can’t wait until tomorrow to taste this tasty treat. I have some peppermint mocha creamer to put in her. Thanks for sharing!

    • Leah August 17, 2011 at 10:22 am

      Yum! I’ve done a Chocolate Truffle coffee before…delish!

  • Emmely August 26, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Yes, I too had to join Iced Coffee Anonymous! I discovered cold brew this past spring and have never gone back to hot. I invested in a cold brew system so I could make really big batches of concentrate. Worth every penny!

  • Libby June 17, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Just wondering if you let the coffee/water mixture sit in the fridge or just on the counter?

    • Leah Short June 17, 2013 at 10:21 am

      You’ll want to store it in the refrigerator. That also keeps it cool for your iced coffee.

  • Libby June 17, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Thanks! Cant wait to try it!