Need I say more?
I drink water or coffee. That’s about it. However living in Arizona drinking hot coffee in the afternoon is like torture so iced coffee is the way to go.
It was a glorious day when I found this recipe online from the Pioneer Woman to make your own iced coffee concentrate. Now I am going to pay it forward and brighten up your day by sharing the recipe with you!
First you need to start with a good strong coffee. I recommend this one by Café Bustelo. The amazing thing about this coffee is that it is espresso coffee, so you get a nice strong coffee but it’s mild and not bitter. Plus it is crazy cheap. You get a 10 oz. package for only $2.99 and that makes a whole lot of coffee concentrate.
Okay, so you will need a large pitcher. I use one that holds roughly 12 cups of water. Fill that with nice cold filtered water. Next, add in your coffee. For that 12 cup pitcher I use half of a bag of the Café Bustelo coffee, so that would be about 5 ounces of coffee or so. Like I said before, this is espresso coffee so it comes a little stronger, if using a more mild coffee I would up the coffee to water ratio. Once you make this a couple of times you will find the ratio that you like. Once you add the coffee directly to the water stir it around and cover the pitcher. Let this sit for at least 24 hours.
Once the coffee has steeped for about a day its time to strain out the coffee grounds. I do this by taking a small mesh strainer and placing a coffee filter inside. Slowly pour the coffee ground mixture into the strainer to strain out all the grounds. Once you are done you will have at least enough coffee concentrate for a cup of iced coffee everyday for a couple of weeks. Store this in an airtight container in your fridge and thank me later!
Now its time for making your drink! This recipe is for a caramel flavored iced coffee.
Have y’all seen the syrups in the coffee section of your grocery store? If you haven’t fear not because Amazon has about a million different flavors. For this recipe we will use the caramel syrup but you can use whatever flavor you would like!
You will need your coffee concentrate, caramel coffee syrup, half and half (or whatever type of milk you like to use) and ice.
Go ahead and fill your glass with ice. (Just so you know for these pictures I used a 24 ounce mason jar, I can’t drink that much coffee or I would be a mess so I filled it about 3/4 of the way full by the time it was finished.)
Pour in about 2 tablespoons (more or less) of the caramel syrup. Next pour in your coffee concentrate leaving room for your cream. Then top off with a little cream.
After you pour in the cream give it a good stir because the syrup will want to stay at the bottom. Then enjoy, and thank me because this is seriously delicious and so so cheap!
Now go have a good day and make yourself some Iced Coffee!
Caramel Iced Coffee
Iced Coffee Concentrate (Recipe to Follow)
Caramel Coffee Syrup to taste
Half and Half to taste
A cute glass to drink it out of
Iced Coffee Concentrate (Adapted From The Pioneer Woman)
12 Cup Pitcher
12 Cups of Cold Water
5 Ounces of Café Bustelo Coffee Espresso
Pour water in pitcher add ground coffee cover and allow to steep for 24 hours. Strain coffee grounds and store in airtight container in refrigerator.