I’m not much of a coffee drinker. No sirree. No caffeine needed. My body is hard-wired to have an abundance of natural energy from the moment I wake up. I guess I’m lucky that way. I do love the flavor of coffee though… coffee candies and coffee ice cream and even those foo foo frozen coffee drinks that contain your total allotted calorie consumption in just a dozen sips.
That’s why on one rather sweltering afternoon recently, I grabbed my husband’s mug o’ coffee that had been sitting untouched on the counter all day long, and I made myself a rather delicious version of Iced Coffee. Here’s how to make it:
You’ll need a tall glass and a spoon long enough to reach the bottom of that glass.
Fill that glass full to the rim with ice. If you really want to get serious about your iced coffee, you can make ice cubes out of coffee too. Then you won’t get that “watered-down” effect. And if you’re into that flavored sort of coffee then go for it.
Pour room temperature (or chilled) coffee into the glass.
Fill it almost to the top.
Pour in the white stuff. Here’s where you get to make a big decision. Do you want to go all out and make this a decadent treat? If so, then add cream or half & half. If you want to go a little lighter, use whole milk or fat-free half & half. And lighter still, use nonfat milk.
Take a moment to watch the swirls sink to the bottom and mix in with the coffee. It’s a magical moment.
Add a couple spoonfuls of sugar (if you like sweet)… or whatever sort of sweetener you usually add to your coffee.
Stir it all up!
Anticipate drinking your creation.
Add a purple straw. If you’re a straw person, that is. And drink up!
Here’s the cool part (at least I think this is kind of cool…). You’ve seen these flavored coffee creamers, right? You can always use this stuff in your iced coffee. It’ll cover both your cream and your sweetener. And if you get this particular brand… then you’ll be getting a coffee creamer with a photograph that yours-truly took! Yep, those cupcakes that you see right there– those are my White Wedding Cake Cupcakes that I posted on the site a couple of years ago.
I made those cupcakes with the pearls on top for a teacher’s wedding from my son’s school. This company liked my photo and wanted to use it for the label on their new product, so they bought it from me! Isn’t that fun?! You should be able to find this product and this new flavor- Sweet Cream- in your local market (and they definitely did not pay me to say that!!)
Enjoy your iced coffee, however you decide to make it
Yield: 1 coffee drink (easy to multiply)
Prep Time: 5 min
On a hot day, this is your ticket to cooling off...
1 cup of ice
1 cup coffee, at room temperature (or chilled)
2 Tablespoons cream, milk, or half and half
1 to 2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
1. Fill a glass with ice. Pour in coffee. Add cream and sugar. Stir and drink!
2. See tips below for variations :)
*Lighten things up in this drink by using nonfat milk... or fat-free half & half. Use your desired low/no calorie sweetener in place of sugar.
*Another option is to add a flavored creamer, which will cover both the cream and the sugar.