Perfect Iced Coffee and no coffee maker required! It's made from a concentrated homemade cold brew, then finished with creamy half and half, sweet sugar, a hint of vanilla and plenty of ice. It's such a refreshing drink on a hot day!
Place coffee beans in a coffee grinder (mine is smaller so I work with 1/2 cup at a time), and pulse in quick bursts, stopping and shaking machine occasionally, until beans are coarsely ground.
If you don't have a grinder and are using coarsely ground store-bought beans then skip the first step above.
Pour 3 cups water into a large jar along with the coarsely ground coffee. Cover and shake. Let rest 12 to 24 hours at room temperature.
Place three layers of cheesecloth over a fine mesh sieve (a coffee filter works as well to set over the sieve it just takes much longer to strain through). Then place sieve over a large liquid measuring cup or pitcher.
Pour coffee mixture into sieve to remove the solids. Let drain then lift cheesecloth and squeeze excess moisture from beans (while still holding it over the sieve to catch any loose bits). Add desired amount of water to dilute to taste (depending on how strong you want it about 1 cup to 3 cups water. Keep in mind the ice will melt and dilute it more later). Stir in the vanilla.
Cover and chill mixture up to 1 week (or serve right away). When ready to serve dissolve 1 Tbsp sugar with 1/4 of the mixture. Pour 1/4 of coffee mixture into a glass over plenty of ice, then pour in 1/4 cup half and half.
Stir and serve.
*If you don't have a coffee grinder you could use store-bought coarsely ground coffee such as gevalia brand which is good in this recipe. Another option is to use whole beans and to try blending a food processor to a coarse consistency.
**Raw sugar, white sugar, brown sugar, honey or maple syrup will all work well. Even 1/4 to 1/2 tsp stevia blend could be substituted per serving.
***Whole milk or heavy cream can be used in place of half and half. If you'll want to add about 1/2 cup whole milk per serving. Another good option would be to use canned coconut cream or canned coconut milk. You can make it a bit healthier and use almond milk, just dilute with almond milk instead of water.
Making Iced Coffee with a Coffee Maker
Another option to making iced coffee is just to brew a standard cup of coffee in your coffee maker, using something like a Keurig and pods (I like this one and brew pods like these).
Let the hot coffee chill thoroughly in the fridge. Then sweeten as desired, stir in plenty of ice, a small splash of vanilla, and half and half or cream.
For the ratios you'll want about 1 cup dark or medium chilled coffee, 1/4 cup half and half, 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/4 tsp of vanilla. And don't forget the ice of course.