My saving grace this summer has been homemade Iced Coffee. After realizing that I was forking over $2 a day for iced coffee at the cafe in the library, I attempted some home brews to cut costs.
It's the perfect thing for a day like today: trying to write a paper in an air conditioned apartment that is still roasting, even with the air conditioner on.
I did some research (of course!) and it seems like cold brewing it in a french press overnight in the fridge might be the best way. As I am french press-less, I have to rely on other means for overnight coffee. It's not exactly Starbucks caliber iced coffee, but it still hits the spot for me!
Step 1: Brew a strong batch of coffee the night before.
*To get a brew strong enough to handle the ice I typically recommend a tablespoon of ground coffee for every 2 cups of water, plus an extra tablespoon for strength. Thusly, for my 4 cup coffee maker I add 3 tablespoons. I found 4 to be too many.
Step 2: Let it cool at room temperature on the counter for an hour. Then place in the fridge to get really cold over night.
Step 3: Fill a glass or thermos half full with ice.
Step 4: Pour cold coffee over ice.
Step 5: Add cream or milk and enjoy!