Who doesn't love iced coffee? Trick question: everyone does. Especially as the summer months sink in, I've been swapping my hot morning cup of joe for a delicious iced beverage. But what I don't love is when the ice in my iced coffee melts faster than I can drink it, leaving me with some semi-cold, super watery coffee at the bottom of my cup.
So (Instagram made me do it) I decided to try what seemed to be the ultimate iced coffee solution: using coffee ice cubes instead of water! What could go wrong with some extra coffee?
Let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed in the results of this DIY beverage. This coffee-ice-cube-coffee is so good (and so simple to make) that you'll probably want to drink it every morning. I'll walk you through the five easy steps.
1. Make a Carafe of Coffee
Using the beans of your choice, grind up your coffee and make a carafe. Whether you are a Keurig kinda person or live by the french press, just make sure you make enough to fill an ice cube tray. You may even want to have some left over to leave chilling in the fridge so you can top of your glass when the cubes are done.
2. Let the Ice Cubes Sit Over Night
One of the best parts of making an iced coffee like this is that you can prepare it in the evening and know it will be ready to go once you wake up in the morning. Plus, it makes enough for more than one cup at a time. Carefully pour your brewed and cooled coffee into a tray. Let the cubes sit over night so they are frozen through in the morning.
3. Put Coffee Cubes into a Glass
Once the iced cubes are completely frozen, you are ready to make the beverage. Using your glass of choice (I opt for my go-to to-go cup since I'll be enjoying my drink on the way to work), fill as many iced cubes as you like. I use enough to fill the glass. This will become the base of your drink.
4. Pour Over With 1/3 of Coffee
Here's where you can get creative! I personally pour a little more cooled coffee over my cubes - filling the cup 1/3 of the way with coffee. Remember, when the "ice" melts you'll be getting more and more coffee in your glass (yay!) so unless you want 2 cups in one, you may not want to fill the cup completely over with coffee.
Bonus tip: If you want to get the ice melting on its way, pour some hot coffee over it!
5. Fill the Rest with Creamer or Milk of Choice
Since I'm not a straight up coffee kinda gal, I fill the rest of the glass with creamer. Whether you prefer oat milk, almond creamer, or the classic vanilla Coffee Mate, finish your cup off with some creamy yumminess! Right now, i'm obsessed with the Coffee Mate Coconut Créme (and it's non dairy - woo!).
Your iced coffee is ready to be enjoyed! You can spice up your normal cup of coffee with some delicious add-ins like vanilla or caramel syrup, cinnamon, or ginger. Just like that, you have a fresh cup of iced coffee that won't get watered down as you sip throughout your day! Instead of rushing through your iced coffee, you can know it will only get better as time goes on.