June 22, 2012

Iced Coffee Concentrate

I really love drinking iced coffee on a hot day-it's delightful!  After reading up on different ways of making it, I've learned the cold-brew method is the way to go for the best flavor.  You really don't need a fancy French press either-just a large bowl or pitcher and your kitchen counter!  Ridiculously simple, but oh, so good!  This recipe makes a gallon of "concentrate", which is great to have on hand in your refrigerator for friends stopping by!  :)

1/2 pound of ground coffee (about 3 cups)
4 quarts of cold water

Okay, here we go...........fill a large bowl or pitcher with 4 quarts of cold water.  (Now why are people paying $3.00 a glass for these things?! )  Sprinkle the coffee grounds over the top and whisk together until it's moistened.  Let sit on counter at room temperature at least 8 hours or overnight.  After it has soaked overnight, pour coffee into a gallon pitcher, using a fine mesh strainer to remove the grounds.  (This is where it's great to have your kids hold the strainer while you pour the coffee in!)  Refrigerate.  I have friends who like this just as it is-I add half ice/water and half concentrate and of course, my favorite creamer-coconut!  :)

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