There are two ways to make cold coffee: normal coffee that’s been cooled, and cold-brewed coffee. The second is far more delicious and satisfying.
There is a notable difference between letting hot coffee cool off and cold brewing it specifically. Cold-brewed coffee is less acidic and bitter, and a lot more flavourful-particularly if you’ve been using ice cubes to cool down regular coffee instead. And with this method, you won’t even have to bother plugging in the coffeemaker.
- 1/3 cup ground coffee (a medium or coarse grind works better)
- 1 ½ cups of water
- In a jar or glass container (I used a French press, sans press), stir the coffee and water together. Cover and let sit for roughly 12 hours.
- Strain twice through a sieve. Rinse the sieve, line it with a coffee filter, and strain a final time to remove any particularly stubborn grounds.
- Dilute one-to-one with cold water and pour into a glass with ice cubes. Add cream, milk, sugar, honey, sweetener, or scotch as desired.
- Sip and enjoy.