iced coffee: a summer must.

I don’t know where you live, but here in Missouri it gets hot and sticky. Humidity is a summer staple! And not in a good way. My hair is yuck, my face feels runny after two seconds outside, and I can’t even enjoy a hot cup of morning coffee! Or can I…

So, iced coffee has been a trend for, goodness, a few years now. #thanksstarbucks While I love going to Starbies and spending $5 on a small iced coffee as much as the next guy – I’m not made of money. When my husband gave me ‘the look’ after seeing my receipts, I decided why not make a healthier and more cost-effective iced coffee on my own!

I’m sure many of you have your own concoctions; this is mine and, so far, it’s a winner for me.

imageI have read so many pins from Pinterest about using cheesecloth to strain, not brewing the grounds, using unicorn sparkles (just kidding) – the point is they were complicated!

Mine is simple.

Here is what I use:

Whatever coffee grounds I have (sometimes Dunkin Donuts, World Market blends, Starbucks blends, Foldgers…), Vanilla Almond Milk, Pure Brown Sugar, All Natural Vanilla Extract, & All Natural Cinnamon.

I fill a one gallon pitcher on Sundays to last me throughout the week. I am only allowed a certain amount of caffeinated drinks since I’m nursing Everett…so I usually just have a glass of iced coffee in the mornings to help me function and keep me somewhat sane over the course of the day.

So – I brew 2 pots of coffee (about 10-12 cups) to add to my 1 gallon pitcher. I, then, add about 1 liter of almond milk (coconut milk is a great sub, here! I just had almond milk in the fridge already.), about 5-6 tablespoons of brown sugar, a little vanilla extract, and a dash of cinnamon. Stir in the hot coffee and pop that pitcher in the fridge. Viola! Iced coffee for the week.

So. Good.

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Obviously, change this up if you don’t like your coffee as sweet or you’d prefer less or more of the ingredients – make it your own. This is a less fattening and healthier way to get in that sweet morning treat – without breaking the bank!

Does anyone else have iced coffee recipes they’d like to share?

Enjoy and Happy Summer. ❤

 

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One thought on “iced coffee: a summer must.

  1. Leah Czerniewski says:

    I too have a love affair with Starbies iced coffee, but I started making my own version. My recipe is pretty boring, but I love the idea of jazzing it up with some Almond or Soy milk! Also, brown sugar = yum! Great idea.

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