drinks

How I Made My Own Iced Coffee (and You Can Too!)

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With returning to Austin and visiting some of my favorite spots that I haven't seen since January, I was also welcomed back by the trademark Austin (or Texas) heat. While 80-90 degrees isn't hot by any means, coming back to this after living in a country where the high temperature was mid-70s I feel like I'm going to melt at any second. Unfortunately this heat also means that besides a morning cup of coffee or tea, I'm only drinking cold drinks. It was this predicament -- and my having gotten accustomed to having an afternoon coffee or tea -- that made me think, "What if I made my own iced coffee?" So yesterday afternoon, that's exactly what I did! I used some coffee grounds I have from Cianfrani Coffee in Georgetown that I got at some point last year in the flavor Irish Creme.

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Because I wasn't sure how this would turn out I only used 4 tablespoons of grounds. I added 1 cup of cold water per tablespoon, so I used 4 cups of water.

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After all of the water was added I mixed the grounds and water to make sure that everything was wet. I did this once right after the water was added and once more after it had settled a bit, wanting to be sure I got every bit of the grounds.

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I covered the bowl with a towel and let the mixed grounds and water sit overnight to get as much flavor into the water as possible.

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This morning I had to be a bit creative as to how to separate the grounds and the coffee and I ended up taping a coffee filter to one of the biggest glasses we have with masking tape and using a ladle to transfer the grounds and coffee mixture to the filter and let the coffee drip out into the glass.

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I ended up using two glasses to get all the coffee that was in the bowl. The coffee has a really great color and while it is stronger than if I had brewed this coffee with hot water in my french press, it isn't nearly as close to the strength of cold pressed coffee concentrates. I'm having a class as I type this post -- I filled my glass half with the coffee and half with milk, adding just a little bit of sugar since the Irish Creme is sweet on its own.

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While this method was successful, I'm interested in looking into a Toddy system or some of the others I saw at Whole Foods the other day, and having a self-contained system instead of jerry-rigging my own.

Have you ever made your own iced coffee? I'd love to hear how it turned out!

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holiday drinks
holiday drinks
  1. Peppermint White Russian
  2. Cranberry Mojito
  3. Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail
  4. Classic Mulled Wine
  5. Eggnog
  6. Apple Cider Margaritas
  7. Pomegranate and Ginger Spritzer

And of course, there wouldn't be any awkward holiday parties without drinks! These are the seven that I was most drawn to while perusing the internet the past couple of weeks, although I'll probably only try one or so this holiday season if I do. But for those of you who are looking for a plethora of beverages, here is the Indigo-approved list! Also the holiday drinks in mason jars idea? I am totally into that. Well, any drink in a mason jar to be honest.

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