Mike’s Famous Iced Coffee Recipe
Brew coffee to your desired strength. Of course, we ALWAYS recommend you do so with a coffee (French) press! It is the BEST that way!
Before adding properly heated filtered water, put a dash of salt (less than 1/4 teaspoon) and 5 or 6 drops of lime juice in with the grounds. This helps further reduce bitter and acidic tastes. The amount you use depends on how much coffee you are making. You should NOT taste either after brewing. However, it is key that you put this in before brewing, not after!
You can refrigerate your coffee, so it cools…however, coffee is food. Exposure to air, light, and as it ages, even after brewing, flavors will break down, begin to taste sour and acidic.
The BEST Ice coffee is made with HOT freshly brewed R2O coffee. See our recipe for making coffee ice cubes. Pour the hot coffee right over the ice.
Ice will dilute the flavor. Depending on what you use for ice, you should consider making coffee 1.5 to 3 times regular strength if using water-based ice cubes.
If you like iced coffee sweet, while coffee is still hot, add DARK brown sugar…look at the difference between brands; we find that Domino’s brand of dark brown sugar just isn’t all that dark! Usually, a generic or store brand is darker. Compare side by side for the difference. You will be AMAZED at how good Dark Brown sugar tastes!
Stir well. The reason you are adding sugar now, it will mix much better than if coffee is cold!
Add other flavorings such as syrup or dry flavors while coffee is still hot. Stir well.
It is up to you if you want to add the creamer now or when you pour coffee. Keep in mind some creamers may cause a “skin” to be formed on top of mix if cooled and served later. This is completely normal and will not effect flavor.
It is up to you if you want to serve now or let the mixture cool. It will keep for days in the fridge if sealed, however, nothing will beat the taste of it freshly made!
Fill cup or glass approximately 1/3 to 3/4 full of ice (hot coffee will need more ice).
Pour in mix, add cream or flavorings (assuming you didn’t already do that step before), stir well.
NOTE: If you are making coffee ice cubes, ideally, you are using the same variety/flavor of coffee in your drink as your ice cubes. While you may have a pleasant surprise mixing and blending, you might have a really bad experience too! Either way, we’d love to hear your thoughts on what you mixed together, you might be able to help us create a new coffee “blend”!