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I, like most white girls, are addicted to coffee. In the summer I feel like I need an iced coffee every single day. If you don’t have iced coffee that day, is it even a summer day?
In Canada, there is this magical place called Tim Horton’s. Growing up, I went there at least once a week. I say at least because that is the very least that we went there. When I was home with my family on any given evening we would probably go to Tim Horton’s, every Saturday we would go there for lunch, on Sunday we went to the Wendy’s Tim Horton’s restaurant. We went there A TON! Other than the people, Tim Horton’s is the part of Canada that I miss the most.
When I moved to California, there was no Tim Horton’s. I lived a whole year without a coffee place. Then, a wonderful thing happened. Husband and I were driving to New Mexico and we stopped by the side of the road. My Husband said “There’s a Dunkin Donuts here, you might like that, it’s kind of like Tim Horton’s”
I walked into Dunkin Donuts and my heart melted a little. It had enough similarities to Tim Horton’s for me to feel at home again in the States. They had the same low prices I loved, delicious bagels, and a chocolate glazed donut that I had been jonesing for since I left my motherland. So I got coffee and a donut and blissfully went on my way.
I was so glad to move to a place where I live close to a Dunkin Donuts. It’s my place. I love it there. And a lot of people don’t like it, but I don’t care because I love it!
However, this post is not a love story to Dunkin Donuts. It does have an actual purpose.
As much as I would love to go to Dunkin Donuts every day, it’s not exactly financially responsible. So, I’ve learnt to make iced coffee at home.
Here’s what you need:
Milk/Cream (depending on your preference)
Simple Syrup (More on this below)
1. Brew some strong coffee
I do this first thing in the morning so that I’m able to make iced coffee by the afternoon.
2. Cool it off
Iced coffee works best with cold coffee (duh) I leave the coffee out on the counter for about an hour and then I put it in the fridge. You don’t want to put the hot coffee straight into the fridge because it will be so hot that it may raise the internal temperature of your fridge, which could be very bad for your other food items. So let it cool off a little bit and then put it in the fridge, or the freezer if you are in a hurry.
3. Make simple syrup
I need some sweetness in my iced coffee. For a long time, I tried to dissolve sugar into iced coffee and It. Never. Worked. I always ended up with a bunch of undissolved sugar at the bottom of my cup.
So (drum roll please) enter simple syrup! You can make it ahead of time and just keep it in the fridge (for up to a month I believe, but mine never lasts that long).
Here’s how you make simple syrup – put equal amounts of sugar and water in a saucepan, and heat it up and stir it until the sugar is dissolved.
Boom. Simple Syrup. So easy, so delicious.
I usually like to do about 1/2 cup of each sugar and water
Cool that sucker off and enjoy it. I always put it in a squeeze bottle like this one and put it in the fridge so that you can enjoy it the next day and the day after that!
4. Put it all together
Add the cold coffee, milk/cream, and simple syrup, and some ice cubes and mix that all together.
Bonus Pro Tips!
When drinking iced coffee I always always use metal straws.
Metal straws get cold when you drink cold liquids out of them, so it’s like a whole new experience. A way better experience if you ask me.
When you’re making coffee, make a little extra. Put the extra in an ice cube tray. This way, when you’re making iced coffee, you can add coffee ice cubes into your coffee, this way when the ice cubes melt, it won’t dilute your coffee. Dilution is the number one problem with iced coffee. This is the only way I’ve found to solve it, other than drinking my iced coffee really fast.
The simple syrup instructions provided is for a very basic recipe. Feel free to experiment! You could add vanilla or almond extract to flavor the syrup. Experiment! Try new flavors! If you have any ideas let me know in the comments below!
That’s how I make iced coffee almost every day. Do you have a coffee addiction? Does anyone else make iced coffee at home?