I’m a cold weather coffee drinker. I live in Florida. As such I have approximately 2 cups of hot coffee each year. Thankfully I discovered the frappuccino at Starbucks early on and planned to live happily ever after. One problem. Did you know that if you purchase a grande frappuccino 5 days a week at Starbucks you could spend over $1,000.00 A YEAR on coffee?!!? Uhhhh. No thank you. So I went online to find a frappuccino recipe. I gave quite a few a try and they were terrible. Truly bad – I mean enough to make a woman seriously consider spending a thousand bucks every year on some cold coffee. And then Pioneer Woman came into my life. She is the I Ching of cold brewed coffee. I have been following her recipe ever since. You can find the recipe HERE on her site. Definitely take a look – her pictures make it look so good. My pictures. Well, not as much. You will just have to take my word for it. It’s delicious!
I start out with one gallon of water. Pioneer Woman makes two gallons but I’m the only one who drinks it so I stick with one.
Then I add 1/2 a pound of Chockfull o’ Nuts decaf coffee. You can use regular. I would but I have this whole thing about caffeine making me sick. You really don’t want to know the details… Anyway. Use a spoon and stir the coffee grounds into the water. It needs to ‘brew’ on your countertop for at least 8 hours. I usually mix it up at night before I go to bed and then finish everything up the next morning.
After brewing overnight it is time to strain out the grounds. I tried cheesecloth, coffee filters, etc. and they all made a mess and took forever. So my mom made a little bag out of cotton that fits down into the pitcher. Eva holds the bag while I pour the tub of coffee into the bag, along with all of the grounds.
You can see here that Eva is squeezing the bag in order to get out as much of the coffee as possible. It’s a little messy but we just turn the bag inside out over the trash can to clean up. I rinse it out in the sink and wash it by hand.
And you are ready to go! I have seen many variations on how to proceed from here. Some include brown sugar, simple syrup, half and half, heavy whipping cream, flavored creamers/syrups and sweetened condensed milk. I have not had much success with adding sugar. I can’t get it to dissolve well. My favorite version is the Vietnamese Iced Coffee from Pioneer Woman and includes a frivolous use of half and half along with sweetened condensed milk.
I just have one request. Actually, I have two. When you go and look at Ree’s pictures of her cold coffee please don’t come back here and laugh at mine. Just think about how hard it is to take a picture while you are pouring a gallon of coffee into a bag that your daughter is holding while she laughs at you all while praying to God that you don’t drop your iPhone into said coffee. And when you have your next check up at the doctor – do not tell him that I am the one who shared this recipe with you…
Do you make your own coffee at home to save money? Please share your recipe in the comments!