Cold-brewed coffee poured over coffee ice cubes makes the best iced coffee. It takes a bit of planning, but its full, rich flavor makes the wait worthwhile. The ideal coffee for this cold drink is a blend of mid-roasted beans with moderate acid. Using a dark roast and beans high in acid produces a sharper, more bitter result.

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Servings:
1
Yield:
1 serving
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Ingredients

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Cold-Brewed Coffee:

Directions

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  • Fill a tall glass with coffee ice cubes. Pour in the cold brewed coffee. Sweeten to taste with Sweet'N Low. Add milk as desired.

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  • To Make Cold-Brewed Coffee: Place the coffee in a glass jar, add the water, and stir to combine. Cover and set aside at room temperature for 12 hours or overnight.

  • Strain the coffee through a large-size paper coffee filter, a fine sieve, or a strainer lined with cheesecloth. Cold-brewed coffee can be refrigerated in a covered jar for up to 24 hours. This recipe can be doubled.

Tips

Cold brewing makes coffee with more aromatic, complex flavor and less bitterness or acidity than hot brewed coffee.

Nutrition Facts

18 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 5.2g 2% DV; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 31.2mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2014
In response to the most popular review...there's one very good reason to cold brew coffee. Cold brewing doesn't extract acidic bitter compounds that are extracted by traditional brewing. Yes it's more effort but there is a significant difference in the results. Give it a try! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/27/2012
I thought this tasted alright but found the recipe to be quite quirky. Who makes coffee today by this cold brewed method? What is the point when a pot or cup of coffee can be made and refridgerated. To top it would not have to be hand strained. I may have tried something like that in college before I had a coffee pot. Maybe a little more explanation on this would have been helpful. It would be rather time consuming to make the coffee ice cubes and then the cold brewed coffee separately. I have a very favorite iced coffee from the site that specifies the amount of milk amount too and it comes out perfect. I had some tiramisu flavored coffee I made into ice cubes and decided to try it with this. I used less sweetener than suggested but iced coffee really needs milk or cream in it. I can't see how that is an optional ingredient. It just tastes like coffee with ice cubes without it. Any iced coffee made at home still beats paying for it at a coffee shop. Try flavored coffee it worked pretty well in it anyway. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
12/27/2012
I thought this tasted alright but found the recipe to be quite quirky. Who makes coffee today by this cold brewed method? What is the point when a pot or cup of coffee can be made and refridgerated. To top it would not have to be hand strained. I may have tried something like that in college before I had a coffee pot. Maybe a little more explanation on this would have been helpful. It would be rather time consuming to make the coffee ice cubes and then the cold brewed coffee separately. I have a very favorite iced coffee from the site that specifies the amount of milk amount too and it comes out perfect. I had some tiramisu flavored coffee I made into ice cubes and decided to try it with this. I used less sweetener than suggested but iced coffee really needs milk or cream in it. I can't see how that is an optional ingredient. It just tastes like coffee with ice cubes without it. Any iced coffee made at home still beats paying for it at a coffee shop. Try flavored coffee it worked pretty well in it anyway. Read More
(51)
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2014
In response to the most popular review...there's one very good reason to cold brew coffee. Cold brewing doesn't extract acidic bitter compounds that are extracted by traditional brewing. Yes it's more effort but there is a significant difference in the results. Give it a try! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/23/2013
Good recipe tastes much better with sugar. Also 'Sweet and Low' is extremely dangerous. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2012
This is one of my favorite summer drinks to make. I like to make a big container of cold brewed coffee (Pioneer Woman's recipe is my go-to recipe) and keep it in the fridge for recipes like this. I like to use Splenda sweetener but sometimes I'll use Starbucks' sugar free coffee syrups. When I make my iced coffee I like to put my coffee ingredients in a Ball jar slap on a lid and shake until the ingredients are well mixed. Then all I have to do is grab a straw and drink right out of the jar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2014
Coffee made using the cold brew method is delicious! Cold brewed coffee is much smoother than hot brewed coffee. It reduces the acidity and makes it much less bitter tasting. This recipe makes enough for two to three cups of iced coffee depending on how much milk you like to add. I make this exact recipe every other day or so. I like to add unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I normally use regular ice cubes but if I make a pot of regular hot brew coffee I will freeze the leftovers rather than pour it down the drain. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2015
I love this recipe! The coffee ice cubes are what really make it great I think. I've been using medium roast hazelnut coffee pouring water on it and letting it sit overnight in a teapot while the ice cubes freeze. In the morning I throw the ice and some sugar in a cup pour the cold brewed coffee straight into the cup using some cheesecloth over the top for a filter then add a good amount of whole milk and it is just perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2015
Came out very smooth and yummy. Cold brewing makes a much better ice coffee than simply refrigerating coffee brewed in a machine. I used real sugar or agave. Most sugar substitutes are not healthy in the long run. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2014
This turned out really good I used Splenda instead of sweet N low and 2% milk! and it was perfect... I used instant coffee to make my ice cubes and cold brewed some hazelnut flavoured grounds... Yum! I can see myself making these all summer.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2013
I liked the flavor! I also liked the idea of freezing coffee for ice cubes so one doesn't water the coffee down with ice water cubes.:- Read More
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