Oh my goat. If I see another commercial talking about cold brew coffee like it’s some mystical creature they just discovered, I’m going to go broke. We have been making this admittedly magical black liquid in our home for years. I found the recipe in Southern Living forever ago. All you do is mix ground coffee with water and let it steep overnight. Strain it all out and keep the concentrate in the fridge. Use it to make your iced coffee. Every day. You can mix it with water, milk, flavored creamer or a combination.
8 oz ground coffee
7 cups cold water
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, if desired.
Stir together the coffee and water in a 2 quart pitcher until all grounds are wet. Let mixture set 12 hours (overnight or whatever) at room temperature. Using a slotted or perforated spoon, scoop out as much of the wet grounds as you can. Next, pour the mixture through a strainer and discard the grounds. Lastly, place a paper coffee filter in the strainer and pour coffee mixture through that. It will take a few minutes and need to be done in batches. Add the vanilla (if using) and store the concentrate in the fridge.
To make your iced coffee, use 1/4 to 1/2 cup concentrate and add an equal amount of milk or water. Sweeten with a simple syrup or your favorite flavor of liquid creamer, if desired. Stir, top with ice and enjoy!
You can use this same concentrate to make frozen coffee-sicles. Don’t use milk to dilute the concentrate, however, as it will separate during the freezing process. Use liquid creamer, water, heavy cream, or any combination. You can also use it to make a cappuccino ice cream. Or affogato, which is
just espresso poured over a scoop of ice cream and might be the best thing ever invented.