Iced coffee is a relatively new term for this generation. My grandmother just called it cold coffee. She had been making it for years before it was cool. Basically, when her morning coffee got cold because she was too busy to drink it, she just threw a few ice cubes in it and called it good.
Now iced coffee can come in a hundred flavors and combinations and can cost as much as a half bushel of peaches. However, if you know how to make it just right it will satisfy that coffee house craving.
I used to enjoy an iced coffee on morning errands from Dunkin Donuts in years past. Then, when my usual went up in price by at least a dollar I decided it was time to kick the habit. I tried many at-home versions, grocery store versions, and other concoctions and finally gave up on have that treat.
One day I had a craving for an iced coffee and began playing around with some sweetened condensed milk I had open for another project. I found my perfect ratio and now I keep 2 jars in the fridge ready to go at a moment of craving.
Actually, it is my husband Curtis that does most of the drinking of my half pre-made perfect iced coffee. He enjoys it when he comes home from work. I can put it together in about 2 minutes and he feels like I have given him a special treat.
What you will need:
I make the coffee in pint jars and add 1 teaspoon of sweetened condensed milk. Refrigerate until cold or ready to use. I leave them in the fridge for up to 3 days. Next, I add a splash of half and half or milk, ice cubes, and a straw finishes off the drink. Iced coffee is ready to serve. Fresh and delicious!
Watch my video for step by step instructions, variations, and a few minutes enjoying the coffee on the back porch.
Holly is an author, storyteller, and Florida Master Naturalist who loves to share heritage skills taught to her by her grandmothers. Florida has been her family home for generations and preserving that lifestyle for the future is her goal. Holly enjoys coming alongside women to share skills and help them discover their own natural gifts and talents.
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