DIY Iced Coffee for Summer

Summer is here! There's no better pick-me-up for those sluggish Monday mornings than a delicious iced coffee to start the day. But don't bother stopping at Starbucks on your morning commute; iced coffee is easily made at home. Here are two different ways:

1. Cold Brew with Your French Press

This is easy and effortless. Here are the steps:

  1. Add a little less than double the amount of ground coffee you'd use for hot coffee to your French press.
  2. Fill the press with cold or room-temperature water and give it a stir.
  3. Cover your French press with the top of the press (without plunging), and leave it on the counter overnight.
  4. In the morning, plunge your press to strain your coffee, and pour over ice. That's it! Delicious.

2. Make Coffee Ice Cubes

Having coffee ice cubes handy makes last-minute iced coffee easy, more concentrated, and super delicious.

  1. Brew a few cups of strong coffee, let it come to room temperature, and pour into ice-cube trays to freeze overnight.
  2. In the morning, let your freshly-brewed strong coffee cool to room temperature (or as close to room temp as you have time for -- try letting it sit in the freezer for 45 minutes), then slowly pour into your coffee-ice-cube-filled mug. Yum!

For some other time-saving iced coffee tricks, try using almond milk or sweetened condensed milk instead of sugar (sugar takes a while to dissolve in cold drinks), shake your coffee in a martini shaker to blend and cool quickly, and never add ice to hot coffee (it will immediately become watered down!).

Post by Kelly Shetron for Massage Williamsburg