Are you ready to say hello to summer and hello to Starbucks iced coffee drinks? We are, but our wallets aren’t so sure. Nothing spikes the thirst for an iced caffeinated drink quite like warm weather does, but once those frosts are few and far between, and the hot temperatures are here to stay, our wallets can be in hot water if we decide to indulge ourselves with iced coffees every day.
That’s why it’s important to learn how to make Starbucks copycat iced drinks at home, or even better, outdo the monopolizing chain. Because, sure, Howard Schultz and his minions can serve up the perfect iced latte or Frappuccino, but you can see their frozen concoctions and raise them a fresh mint iced coffee, or even better, an iced Mexican coffee. Yep, you’ll be learning the recipes for those two iced caffeine concoctions today, along with four other Starbucks lookalikes. Save your money for Starbucks’s pumpkin spice lattes and make one of these six homemade iced coffee drinks today.
1. Perfect iced coffee
Here’s the ticket for the perfect iced coffee from The Pioneer Woman herself. Most people have perfected the skill of brewing their own hot caffeine, but many are more intimidated by the iced coffee process, having had bad experiences with lukewarm diluted coffee. You’re not alone, and luckily, Ree from The Pioneer Woman is here to help with a foolproof method for strong iced coffee that tastes like it’s straight from a coffee shop. You won’t need a coffee maker for this recipe (surprise!), but you will need a few large containers and a cheesecloth. Oh, and some coffee lovers or some good refrigerator space, because this recipe serves 24. You’ll be set for weeks!
- 1 pound ground coffee (good, Rich Roast)
- 8 quarts cold water
- Half-and-half (healthy Splash Per Serving)
- Sweetened condensed milk (2-3 Tablespoons Per Serving)
In a large container, mix ground coffee with water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight. Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.
Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to cool. Use as needed. To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass two-thirds full with coffee liquid. Add healthy splash of half-and-half. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (can use plain sugar instead) and stir to combine. Taste and adjust half-and-half and/or sweetened condensed milk as needed.