How to make Cold Brewed Coffee | Eggnog Iced Coffee recipe
It easy to make your own cold-brewed iced coffee at home! Eggnog iced coffee is sure to get you thru the holiday hustle and bustle.
If you know me at all, you know I’m a coffee lover. Every day starts with a few steamy cups of joe, but sometimes in the middle of the day, I want an icy cold refreshing glass of iced coffee……cold brewed! Last week we had a few unseasonably warm days, and eggnog in the fridge………so I made cold-brewed Eggnog Iced Coffee to get me thru the last bit of shopping, wrapping, and baking I had!
What is cold-brewed coffee
Cold-brewed coffee has a lower acidity level, yielding a smoother, slightly sweeter flavor. Since the grounds never come into contact with boiling water, the final brew does not have that slightly bitter taste that drip coffee has.
If you head out to your favorite coffee shop, you’ll find that iced coffee is going to cost you more than a regular cup of hot coffee, and cold-brewed iced coffee will cost you even more. But with a little planning ahead, you can save your cash and enjoy a cold-brewed iced coffee at home.
The secret to a good Iced Coffee
is patience and coffee ice cubes!
What’s the worst part about drinking any beverage over ice? It becomes watered down as the ice melts.
Pour some of your cold brewed coffee into an ice cube tray, you can even add a little cream (I added eggnog this time) if you’d like and toss the tray into the freezer. You will never have diluted iced coffee again……and I have been known to just grab a coffee ice cube or two for a quick snack on occasion!
Making cold-brewed coffee is really very easy – you don’t HAVE to have a french press, but it does make the process a little easier, and I’ll be honest, it feels fancier pouring my coffee from a french press 😉
You simply soak coarsely ground coffee in water at least 12 hours (16-18 hours being ideal).
Then, if you are using a french press, you just press* and pour coffee into your glass that has been filled with coffee ice cubes.
*if you are not using a french press, strain twice through cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve.
Add a little milk, cream, eggnog or whatever companion you prefer and enjoy!!
The ratio of coffee grounds to water is a personal preference. I have a small 3 cup french press which makes two 6 ounce iced coffees with cream and ice.
Eggnog Iced Coffee
- 1 1/4 cup cold water
- 1/4 heaping cup Starbucks Vanilla Coffee grounds
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- dash of ginger
- coffee ice cubes
- Put water, coffee grounds, sugar and spices in french press (or jar) and stir. Cover (do not plunge, if using a french press) and let seep at least 12 hours, but 16-18 hours are ideal.
- Press if using french press (or pour through a sieve or strainer into a bowl, then strain back into a jar)
- to serve drink: Fill glass with coffee ice cubes, pour coffee leaving room for eggnog. Add eggnog to your liking, mix and enjoy!
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