Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cold-brewed Coffee, the BEST!

Headed to Starbucks for an iced latte? Turn yourself right around and head back home this minute, because I've got a home brew that'll rival anything you could get there.

Actually, Christy Jordan from Southern Plate has the brew. I'm just sharing it with you. And it's "cold-brewed," right on your kitchen counter. How much easier does it get than that?

Here's the recipe:

Cold Brew Coffee

  • 1 Cup ground coffee
  • 32 ounce container (1 quart)
  • Strainer
  • Large basket type coffee filters
Place ground coffee in container, fill with cold water. Cover and let sit on your kitchen counter for twelve to fifteen hours. Place strainer over large bowl and put coffee filter inside. Slowly pour over about half of the coffee and let sit until strained. Replace filter and repeat.
To make regular coffee: place equal parts coffee concentrate and water in cup and heat.
To make iced coffee: Place equal parts concentrate and milk in glass. Add ice, sweetened as desired. You may find my preference for iced coffee a bit strong for you so leave room to add some water to weaken it if need be!

Using a 1/2 cup of the coffee concentrate, I add 3/4 cup of skim milk, three Truvia packets (I love it sweet!), some ice, then top if off with Light Whipped Cream (15 calories per two tablespoons). And...

Voila! It's the perfect mid-morning or any-time-of-the-day pick-me-up! And so easy!

This cold-brewed coffee has the full-bodied flavor of espresso without the bitterness, and ahem...goes wonderfully well with dark chocolate.

I shared the recipe with Deb Raney yesterday, and she's already making hers as we speak. Deb, I look forward to seeing how you like it!

You can get the full "how to" on making this cold-brewed coffee from Christy's website. She gives great step-by-step instructions on all her recipes, along with pictures, which is super. Love that woman's website, and her cookin'!

Now that I'm caffeined up, it's back to writing!

P.S. Thank you, Sometimes Sweet Karen Ball, for the B&H beverage mug. It's fabulous. And totally leak-proof!
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