What Iced Coffee Recipe is Best?

By Holly Giles | Recipes

iced coffee

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Iced Coffee

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. 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 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.

In years past, I used to enjoy an iced coffee on morning errands from Dunkin Donuts. 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 having that treat.

One day, I had a craving for an iced coffee and began playing around with some sweetened condensed milk I had opened for another project. I found my perfect ratio, and now I keep two jars in the fridge, ready to go at a moment of craving.

Actually, my husband Curtis 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:

  • 6 ounces of your favorite coffee
  • 1 teaspoon of sweetened condensed milk (or to taste)
  • 1/2 and 1/2 or milk
  • ice or coffee ice cubes

I make the coffee in pint jars and add one 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 to finish off the drink. Iced coffee is ready to serve. Fresh and delicious!

Making iced coffee in the jars works great. I can grab one and put it in my lunch box to take to work. When I am ready to drink, I add ice cubes and get the cool drink to perk me up on a hot Florida day.

Watch my video for step-by-step instructions and variations, and enjoy a few minutes of coffee on the back porch.




About the Author

Holly Giles is a wife, mother, and storyteller. As an author and Florida Master Naturalist, she writes about heritage homemaking skills, motherhood, and why Florida offers the best hidden natural gems to explore as a family.