When we got our first Dunkin Donuts here in the Birmingham area, I rejoiced. Then, when I found out one of the locations was less than 1/2 mile from my office, I damn near did a back-flip. I'm not a regular coffee drinker, but I absolutely LOVE iced coffee. That being said, I've never been a fan of Starbucks, finding their coffee overpriced and honestly, kind of funky in flavor. So, once Dunkin Donuts opened, I decided to try their iced coffee.
I was hopelessly hooked. Eventually, I got to a point where I was buying a medium iced coffee EVERY SINGLE DAY before work. I tried every flavor, and my wallet paid the price. So, I decided to start making my own iced coffee.
The natural assumption was that I could just brew regular coffee, the pour it over ice. I tried it and it was nowhere near as good as Dunkin's. No matter how much sweetener and cream I added, I couldn't get it just right.
So, I consulted DAS INTERNETS and learned about cold-brewed coffee. Cold-brewing yields a smoother, less bitter brew, perfect for iced coffee. I figured that the process would work kind of like sun tea, so I gave it a shot. The difference was like night and day!
Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee
2/3 cup ground coffee
1 Tbsp brown sugar (regular sugar will work as well)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cups of filtered water
Add the ground coffee, sugar & cinnamon to a quart-sized Mason jar.
Add the filtered water and stir well.
Place a lid on the jar and leave it out at room temperature or in the fridge for about 12 hours.
*I've brewed for about 8 hours before, making the coffee just before bed, and it's turned out just fine! Also, FWIW, I typically brew in the fridge, so my coffee will be nice and COLD.
Filter the coffee by pouring through a fine mesh sieve, lined with a coffee filter, into a clean jar.
To serve, fill a glass with ice; add the cold-brewed coffee. Sweeten and add milk or cream as desired. You can also use those flavored non-dairy creamers for a REALLY nice treat.
For the ULTIMATE iced coffee, make some coffee ice cubes; this will keep your iced coffee from watering down as the ice melted. Simply brew a pot of coffee, regular strength, let cool to room temperature, then pour the coffee into an ice tray.
You can also make coffee cubes with leftover coffee from the morning pot; I ask the BF to save his coffee for me since he never drinks a whole pot.