How to Make the Perfect Iced Coffee: Quick, Practical Tips You Might Want to Try
The sun’s starting to turn up the heat, and you’re probably beginning to crave for refreshing alternatives to your usual hot beverages just to keep your chill. If you love your coffee, though, and refuse to give it up just because of the warm weather, we bet you’re batting your eyelashes at those ice cubes sitting in your freezer. But before you do something we won’t, we suggest you give this article a read and find out how to make iced coffee at home, the right way. Dunking a bunch of ice on your brewed coffee is a sin—a flavorless one at that, so it might be a good time for you to start exploring other options when you feel like going for a cold cup. Good thing for you, we’ve got ‘em all right here. Here are a few tips you might want to take to coffee-loving heart.
1. Choose your coffee beans wisely
Everything starts with the kind of coffee beans that you use, and the better the quality of your beans, the better your coffee would taste, whether you prefer to drink it hot or cold. Make sure you use freshly brewed beans so you can enjoy its rich flavor to the fullest.
2. Make coffee or milk cubes
Regular ice cubes are just going to ruin your coffee, so if you’re in a rush to get your cup cold, one of the easiest tricks that work is by freezing coffee or milk (if you like your coffee creamy) into ice cubes and adding that to your cup of joe. This way, it won’t water down your coffee and the flavor won’t be diluted.
3. Give cold brew a try
Making cold brew is probably the most perfect way you can enjoy a cold cup of coffee. You know why? Because the longer it takes to cool hot coffee, the more bitter it gets. Cold brew, on the other hand, is never hot and can even be steeped inside the fridge, so no chance for your coffee to become too acidic. Making cold brew takes time, of course, about 18-24 hours to be exact, but you can make a big batch to last you a couple of days so you can grab and go the next time you need a dose. For an extensive guide to making cold brew at home, head on over to this article.
4. Use caramelized sugar or liquid sweetener
If you want to sweeten your cold brew, using a sweetener that easily dissolves in cold water is your best bet. You can actually make your own: just put together equal parts sugar and boiling water in a pan and mix until the sugar caramelizes. Let it cool and store in the fridge where you can quickly grab it whenever you need to add a bit of sweetness to your cup of joe.
5. Use a cup made of tempered glass
If you don’t have the time and patience to make a cold brew and hot-to-cold is the only option you’re considering, better invest in thermal shock resistance glasses. This way you won’t have to worry about it breaking and you won’t have to wait for your coffee to cool before pouring it into a glass filled with milk or coffee cubes.