There is nothing like sitting on your front porch on a hot summer day, enjoying a delicious iced coffee.
It is crazy to think how iced coffee can be made into so many mouth-watering variations. Best of all, most of these drinks are simple and easy for you to make iced coffee at home!
We all get a little lazy to go out for coffee, but luckily I’ve put this together for you to make gourmet iced coffee from the comfort of your kitchen.
What’s great about this is, it’s cheaper and faster than driving to the nearest coffee shop!
All you need to do is grab your favorite coffee, some cream, and your favorite flavorings and we will start making some of those deliciously fancy concoctions at home.
What is Iced Coffee?
Iced coffee is well… regular coffee over ice! There’s nothing fancy about how it’s made or what kind of beans it is brewed with.
Typically iced coffee is chilled before you can serve it. Pouring hot coffee over ice will just leave you with watered down coffee, yuck!
Although I say that, if you brew a more concentrated flavored coffee, then you can get away with pouring hot coffee directly over ice.
The cold temperature of iced coffee can bring out its chocolate and caramel flavors. Iced coffee does tend to taste earthy and much sweeter than its hot counterpart.
Maybe all these differences are just due to the fact that temperature affects how we perceive flavor. After all, hot and iced coffee are brewed the exact same way using the same coffee beans. Whatever the case may be, most people agree that the two taste very different.
What is the Best Way to Brew Iced Coffee?
Iced coffee is incredibly easy to brew and can be made with just about any brewing method. You can use whatever you have on hand: a drip coffee maker, french press, pour over, etc.
The simplest way for you to brew iced coffee is how you normally would and then put it in the fridge to cool down before you use it.
A second way is to brew your coffee twice as strong. Just put twice as many grounds as you would normally! You can serve this version directly over ice.
How You Can Make Iced Coffee Sweeter
You have several options when it comes to sweetening your iced coffee. The most basic thing you can do is choose a certain type of coffee bean. Arabica beans tend to be sweeter than its counterpart Robusta.
Getting a coffee that’s been roasted longer will be sweeter, up to a point. Roasting coffee longer allows for the sugars to carmelize, giving you a sweeter tasting cup. I would start with something around a medium to medium-dark, unless you already have a favorite bean!
Adding Flavored Syrups
Just like the coffee shops, you can use flavored syrups to sweeten up your iced coffee and give it some flair! There are tons of flavors and combinations out there for you to try, we’ll put a few popular recipes down below for you to try out!
Another easy one for you to do, add some sweetened creamer to your iced coffee. You can either pick it up or if you want to do everything from scratch you can make it yourself. All you need is some half & half or heavy cream and syrup to make your own creamer.
Popular And Easy Recipes For Iced Coffee
These are super simple, easy, and great tasting recipes that you can try to recreate right at home! We’ll be going over how to make a: caramel macchiato, white mocha, and hazelnut mocha iced coffees.
When you go out to your Starbucks or local café, your caramel macchiatos are made with espresso shots, but that doesn’t mean it should stop you from flavoring your iced coffee the same! You only need a few ingredients:
That’s it! I recommend that you put the vanilla syrup in first before you pour in your coffee and ice. This goes for all flavorings that you put in your coffee.
Give it a good stir and top it off with some caramel sauce! If you want to get extra fancy, you can line the sides with the caramel sauce too!
The white mocha is even simpler than the last. The only ingredient you need is white mocha sauce. It might be simple, but there’s a good reason it’s one of the most popular drinks in all cafes across the U.S.
This is my favorite combination of flavors to put in my iced coffees. The nuttiness from the hazelnut and sweet chocolate, just tastes right when put together. Of course, super simple, you’ll just need hazelnut syrup and some chocolate mocha sauce for this one.
Concluding The Perfect Summer Coffee
No drink can beat the variety and delightfulness of iced coffee on a hot summer day. The ice perfectly accentuates this drink by offsetting its bitterness, while its refreshing aftertaste will leave you drooling for more.
There are countless ways to customize your iced coffee. Your options range from flavored syrups and sweet creams. You have an endless amount of ways to try your iced coffee. The world is yours for the taking when you brew personalized iced coffee right at home.
Commonly Asked Questions About Iced Coffee
Down below are a few questions that you or others might have about iced coffee!
Best Coffee Beans for Iced Coffee?
The best coffee beans to use for your iced coffee relies heavily on your preferences. Everybody prefers different flavors so you might have to experiment with a couple different blends before you can brew your perfect cup of coffee.
If you love chocolate and caramel flavors, start out with some dark roasts from Guatemala or Costa Rica. These deep and earthy flavors make wonderful iced mochas or caramel macchiatos.
If you prefer bright and fruity tones, try a blonde roast like those from Ethiopia or Kenya. This will give your iced coffee a tea-like character and a bit of tartness.
And of course medium roasts go with anything. There is no wrong choice, all coffee tastes delicious iced!
Is Cold Brew Just Iced Coffee?
Cold brew coffee is different from iced coffee, because of the way it is brewed. Cold brew coffee is literally brewed cold as its name suggests. Coarsely ground coffee beans are placed in a large container filled with room temperature water and soaked for up to 20 hours to make cold brew!
Not everyone has the time and patience for cold brew coffee, as simple as it is to brew. This makes iced coffee a great substitute. Iced coffee is hot brewed coffee that has been cooled down. It may not seem like this makes a difference in flavor, but the contrast is quite distinctive.
Cold brew coffee tends to have a smoother, milder, and sweeter flavor. Cold brew coffee has a thicker mouthfeel than iced coffee does.
Hot brewing temperatures help the coffee beans to release more solutes than cold brewed coffee. They tend to have a sharper and more bitter taste. The heat also extracts more antioxidants than cold brew coffee.
Can my Keurig Brew Iced Coffee?
Keurig’s can’t brew pre-iced coffee for you, however, you can use your Keurig machine to create delicious iced coffee beverages from its hot coffee! Keurig’s specialty is speed and convenience. It is incredibly easy to use Keurig’s press of a button technology to create the perfect cup of coffee every time.
There are a few tricks you can use to brew a better iced coffee with your Keurig machine. To avoid watery bean juice, you will want to use the strongest setting on your machine. Most Keurig models have several setting options to choose from.
Next, you will want to brew the smallest size your Keurig will allow. This is because each K-cup contains the same amount of coffee grounds. Your Keurig will use all of those grounds no matter how big or small the brew is. If you select a smaller coffee size, your Keurig will use less water which will make the coffee taste stronger.
If you decide to pour your hot coffee directly over ice, it’ll taste less watery than if you brewed a full sized cup of coffee. To cool the coffee down even faster, have the coffee drip into a cup that has already been filled with ice.