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19 May 2011 @ 04:23 pm
Iced Coffee 101: Liquid Happiness in a Glass  
Ahhhh, friends. It's summertime. Almost. I live in Texas and it's hot. And school's almost out, and I keep my sunroof open all the time, so all that together equals summertime.

And summertime equals cool drinks.

Usually cool drinks equals gin and tonic or mojitos or daquiris.

Don't you love how I've gone all analytical and equation-oriented?

Yeah, me neither.

I digress. Today we're going non-alcoholic and I'm going to teach you nice folks how to make a pretty fabulous iced coffee.

Oh, I hear you thinking out there. Iced coffee? Pfft, Carrie, you pour the coffee that's leftover in the pot over some ice cubes. Done and done.

No. No, this is better. You gotta trust me. I know about exactly three things: Dramatic interp, the care and feeding of little boys, and how to make a dynamite iced coffee. (Technically, I might know more than that, but  those three are somewhere at the top of the list.)

So. Iced coffee. Also known as NECTAR OF THE GODS.

Okay. So here we go.


2-3 c Cooled Espresso or coffee, or a combination of the two
1 c sugar
1 c water
Milk to taste


Pour your cooled coffee into your very nicest ice cube tray. The fancy one. The one you reserve for company. Or the plastic one you got at Target. Whatever makes your skirt fly up. Freeze until ...frozen.

Combine water and sugar in a heavy saucepan. This is just a simple syrup, and you can use it for other things, too. (Read: mojitos.) Stir until the sugar dissolves, then bring to a boil. Boil one minute or so and then cool completely.

Ugh. Those last two words. Cool completely. I hate waiting.

But wait you must. Because if you don't wait, you'll undo all the hard work you did freezing that espresso. And that was hard work, am I right? Whew.

Then you put your frozen cubes into a glass. Pour cooled coffee over the espresso cubes.

Add the simple syrup (a tablespoon does it for me) and milk to taste.

Am I the only one who likes to watch the milk do it's thing? I think it's pretty.

Then you stir and enjoy. Thank me later!
I am:: at the bar
I hear:: Firefly!
slitherhither: snape_coffeeslitherhither on May 19th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
This recipe totally rocks if only for the gorgeous floral backdrop for the last photo! Beautiful.

Snape likes to watch the potion milk mix itself in, too. However he doesn't like his iced coffee sweetened. But he's still going to try the coffee ice cube trick. *clinks iced coffee with you and stops projecting onto Snape*

(Ahem. Ignore the previous nearly illegible comment [edit: make that two three comments] I deleted. Damned if I'm still going to post an error ridden comment after already fixing twice! Clearly I need more coffee.)
Carrie Leigh: coffee for breakfastcarrie_leigh on May 19th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Those flowers are plastic, but they make me happy, nonetheless.

LOL. That's comment dedication, right there. Have a coffee on me. :D
slitherhither: ron_sufferslitherhither on May 20th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, comment dedication. Less kind words might be OCD, or mulish stubborness. But you are clearly a kind person.

Those cheerful beauties are plastic flowers? No way.
Not a lady at all: hp: ravenclawcosmo_jenny on May 20th, 2011 08:34 am (UTC)
Hmmm, I don't drink a lot of coffee and only know know the "make extra strong coffee so you can water it down with ice cubes" method.

Must find a recipe for iced black tea. I live on that stuff.