On the Menu: Brewed Iced Coffee At Home


Iced coffee is a must have for hot and muggy summer mornings in the South.  But who has the time or gusto (before their first cup of joe) to hit the drive thru?  With this cold brew iced coffee, you can start your morning with a cool kick of coffee in your PJs!

((Brief Disclaimer:  I am not a black coffee, Americana with no room on the top kind of girl.  I like a little creamy, sugary addition to my coffee.  I haven’t tried this recipe sans sweeteners, so I can’t say how it tastes straight out of the French Press.))

While many recipes call for a minimum of 12 hours to brew and the use of cheese cloth, this recipe only requires a minimum of 6 hours brewing and a few ingredients that any coffee lover is sure to have in their pantry.

Here’s what you’ll need:

One pitcher (with a lid)  filled with 7 cups cold water

1/2 cup strong coffee grounds

French Press

Iced Cubes

Sweetened Condensed Milk

Any coffee accouterments you love


Here’s what you’ll do:

Fill your pitcher with 7 cups of cold water + 1/2 cup coffee grounds.  Stir the mixture thoroughly and let sit in the refrigerator sealed for a minimum of 6 hours.  Longer brewing will lead to a stronger concentrate.  Once brewed to your preference, pour the mixture into your French Press.  Don’t feel like you need the top of the line press.  I have Bodum’s Original French Press, and it works like a charm. Comparable products are available at Target.

Pour your coffee into your favorite mug with just a smidge of sweetened condensed milk, a little sugar, and some half and half.  Start off with small proportions of each because a little goes a long way. And that’s all!


Et Voila! This recipe gets me through about half the week.  It’s a bit more work than hitting a button on a Keurig, but it is worth it!  Try it, change it, and let me know what you think!


Cheers + Sunshine, 





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