How to Make Iced Coffee

I get a ton of questions asking how I make my iced coffee, so here’s a little picture tutorial to demonstrate the process. To brew my coffee, I use a standard auto-drip coffeemaker, which we received as a wedding gift.

  • Start with 12 cups of water.

  • For 12 cups of water, I use 7 tbsp of ground coffee. If you prefer stronger coffee, use more ground coffee (8 tbsp); less for weaker coffee (6 tbsp). If you have a 10-cup coffeemaker, you could easily adjust these measurements. A good way to determine the coffee grounds to water ratio is 1 tbsp of coffee for every 2 cups of water. 

  • I typically use heaping spoonfuls of ground coffee because I like my iced coffee strong! 😉

  • Brew coffee as you normally would.

  • Pour coffee into a pitcher or thermos. If you do not have either of these, you can just put the coffepot itself into the fridge (once its temperature cools a little).

  • Chill iced coffee in the refrigerator overnight.

  • Pour over ice and enjoy! :mrgreen:

 

73 Comments

  1. I am such a coffee addict! This iced coffee recipe will certainly come in handy…

    Also, Tina – Just wanted to say that I loved your FoodBuzz 24,24,24 beer pairing/pub food blog post from a few months ago. I brainstormed a special dinner for my blog and my proposal was accepted by FoodBuzz for the month of March. Your adventurous and down-to-earth approach to food is very inspiring 🙂

    http://runnerskitchen.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/foodbuzz-24-24-24-manhattan-from-north-to-south/

  2. Delish! I’ve always wondered how that was done! GREAT tutorial i will definitely be trying this soon!!

  3. Tina, this seemed eerily familiar to the way I make coffee. I store my coffee in the exact same container, and brew my coffee in the exact same coffee maker! Did you do a lot of shopping at Crate and Barrel??

  4. On all the information I read about iced coffee, I have two questions that go unanswered…how long does the coffee keep in the fridge and is there a best time to put it in the fridge (can you put it in hot straight from the coffee maker directly after brewing it or should you wait awhile…and I know not to put it in glass so as to not break it with temp difference)

  5. @Tracy: I’m not sure how long it keeps in the fridge– maybe a couple of weeks? Mal and I drink ours in about 3-4 days! As soon as the coffee is done brewing, I pour it into our big thermos and put it in the fridge. I don’t allow it to cool at all. However, if you’re putting your coffee pot in the fridge to cool it, I would wait until it cools down a little.

  6. If I have leftover brewed coffee in my thermos and I refrigerate it, how long can it keep?
    ‘Cause I tried putting the leftover brewed coffee that was still hot (still in the thermos) into the fridge and several hours later I opened up the thermos and the coffee was still ‘hot’. How can it stay fresh in the thermos in the fridge if it doesn’t cool down?
    I thought I could refrigerate my hot leftover brewed coffee in the thermos in the fridge.
    What should I do with all my leftover hot brewed coffee that’s still in my thermos?

  7. @Isabel: It’ll probably keep for 1-2 weeks. Mal and I drink it so fast, it never lasts even a week! I would take the cover off the thermos because the point of iced coffee is having it be cold and it doesn’t sounds like yours is getting there.

  8. Oh My Gosh!

    I need this in my life – i exercised this morning so I can pre it during my evening off…

    is it weird I’m excited about it!?

  9. I’ll have to try this, it looks like a really easy recipe! What’s your favorite type of coffee to use for iced drip coffee?

    I just experimented with a recipe for iced chai with ginger, fennel seeds and fresh mint, it turned out really yummy! If you ever feel like taking a break from the iced coffee, here is the recipe:

    Iced Summer Chai
    http://chaiandyoga.com/iced-summer-chai/

  10. Yum…your method looks great. I also have a (new) Cuisinart coffee maker (great minds think alike, I noticed yours in the pic) but I am not that organized to brew the night before. I brew at like 630am and when I need my 3pm ice coffee, it’s plenty cold from just sitting at room temp and then I pour over ice.

  11. Do you use any milk and/or sweetener in your coffee? If so, regular milk or soy milk? Regular sugar or sugar substitute? I’m trying to cut back on sugar so lately I just drink my coffee black with Splenda. Is there a low cal/sugar free milk alternative that you can recommend? Thanks 🙂

  12. YUM!! I was just about to ask you on your breakfast post this morning how you make your iced coffee, and yet I had a feeling that it would be in your recipe collection 😀 Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I can’t wait to make this and try it for myself!!

    Trishelle

  13. It looks like you added something else to give it a milky appearance, weird! I love coffee hot or cold…THX!

  14. Does your thermos have to have a lid to keep in the refrigerator or can you keep it in there for a few days without one? I am sick of my hot coffee all of the sudden, must be the warmer weather!!

  15. I found a product where you pour coffee in an ice cube tray and when you pull it out you have flavored ice cubes. or you can just take a ice cube tray and fill with coffee. It works great if you do not want watered down iced coffee 😉

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