This post is part of the 25 Days of Christmas series.
It’s unseasonably warm for December, so I haven’t been craving my typical hot holiday coffee flavors. Instead, I’ve been longing for my traditional iced coffee in more festive flavors.
Homemade Iced Coffee Concentrate Recipe
- Strong Ground Coffee
If you’ve ever tried to make iced coffee at home, you know it can be a struggle. If you add ice to your warm coffee, you end up with watered down coffee. For the perfect iced coffee, you need to start with a coffee concentrate.
Get a large plastic container with lid and add one cup of your favorite coffee grounds for each cup of water. Stronger coffee tends to work best.
Stir until well blended, then put the lid on the plastic container and set aside for at least 8 hours, but overnight works even better!
Place a strainer over a bowl. Inside place a coffee filter, paper towels, or a cheese clothe to make sure not even the smallest coffee grind gets through. Pour your coffee mixture into the strainer, then sit back and wait. It can take a little while for the coffee to strain through, though pressing lightly with a spoon can speed up the process.
Now you have your coffee concentrate! You can place this in a container and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Peppermint Iced Coffee Recipe
- Peppermint Ice Cream
- Iced Coffee Concentrate
Fill your blender with ice, then add milk. Next add a few tablespoons of iced coffee concentrate. This is to taste, so it really depends on how strong your enjoy your iced coffee. You’ll probably have to mess with it a little bit to get it the way you like it. Turn on the blender and blend until smooth.
Next, add a scoop of peppermint ice cream and blend. You can add more peppermint ice cream and even sugar, if it’s not sweet or pepperminty enough for you.
If you don’t have peppermint ice cream, you can add regular ice cream or extra milk with a broken peppermint stick or peppermint syrup. You can even add a touch of cocoa to make it a mocha!