Iced Coffee…Mmm

Iced coffee is definitely a staple of making it through a stressful day.  Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Dutch Bros., all of these can satisfy a craving, but sometimes you just want iced coffee while you’re still in your pajamas. Not to mention, so many people are trying to stick to a budget.  It’s always nice to save money when you can!

Making a regular cup of coffee and pouring it over ice leaves you with watered down coffee that is less than bold and flavorful. This simple recipe is the exact opposite!

A while ago I found this super easy recipe from the Pioneer Woman. I love her. She’s so classy!  Her recipe can be found here, but I’ll give you the rundown.

You’ll need:

one bag (12oz.) of your favorite ground coffee– bags of ground coffee don’t come in pounds anymore, they all come in 12oz., so that changes her recipe.

since you’re using only 12oz. of ground coffee, you’ll need 1 and a half gallons of water

a large container to hold it all

Cheesecloth or a large coffee filter

Here’s what you do:

1. Put the coffee grounds into the container.

2. Pour the water on top of the grounds and give it a stir to make sure all grounds are completely wet.

3. Cover it and put it on the kitchen counter and let it sit there for about a day.

4. After about 24 hours, pour the coffee over the cheesecloth or coffee filter to strain out all the grounds.

5. Keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy fresh iced coffee whenever you’d like! She also says that it’ll last up to three weeks, but it probably won’t stick around that long!

Here’s my tips:

I buy gallons of water and then use the empty gallon jugs to store the coffee in the fridge so it fits well and is easy to pour.

Straining it can be little tricky because you’re trying to hold the cheesecloth and pour the coffee. Having a buddy for this step helps.

I’ve made this for brunches, parties, and just to keep on hand.  Get some flavored creamers, maybe some coffee friendly spirits, and let people make their own treat. A coffee bar is always something guests find interesting!

This recipe is always something people ask me about and now you know all the secrets! Enjoy, and let me know what you think if you give it a try!

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