I stumbled on a recipe for Magic Coffee via Food 52 a few weeks ago, and it’s been in my fridge ever since. I’ve tried other cold brew recipes that I just wasn’t happy with. Too bitter, too bland. Too meh. But this, this really and truly is an exceptional base for some amazing iced coffee variations.
And amazing coffee recipes make this girl very, very happy.
A richly flavoured cold brew, poured over a cup of ice, on a hot summer day, really hits the spot. It’s so refreshing and gives such a boost of energy! I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention, but iced coffee concoctions have become the drink of summer, and being able to make them at home makes them an even better pick me up. Cold brew iced coffees are different from the more traditional iced coffees, because the coffee is left to steep for several hours before filtering and using. This recipe is different again, because it also includes the addition of dark brown sugar and cinnamon to the steeping process. What’s left after filtering is a smooth and rich coffee that’s ever so slightly sweet. Add a hit of fresh cream and you’ll never pay for iced coffee again. Truly. I’m not even kidding.
Or, pour the filtered coffee over a glass of ice with a shot of bourbon, and sweet mother of pearl you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.
I might be a little late to the party, but I’m just discovering a love for bourbon. It all started with our first jar of bourbon soaked cherries, and now I find I’m adding a splash of it here and there to baked goods and preserves. When we added it to this coffee recipe, we were pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Again, a slightly sweet iced coffee taste with just a little surprise hit of bourbon in there. Genius.
This is shaping up to be a pretty good summer friends.
Now if bourbon isn’t your thing, that’s ok. We just simply can’t be friends any longer. Just kidding! If you’re looking for an alcohol-free version, use the same recipe and you’ll still be completely and utterly thrilled with the results. If you’re looking for something extra special after dinner or for drinks with pals, add the bourbon. Either way, you win. It’s magical.
I’m so happy right now guys. And no, it’s not because I’m adding liquor to everything I’m consuming. It’s because of iced coffee, and blazing hot summer days and good friends. Cheers,
Truly Magical Iced Coffee
*base recipe via Food 52
- 2/3 cup coarsely ground coffee
- 3 cups water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- shot of bourbon to taste
- fresh cream to taste (about 1-2 tbsp. per drink)
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a quart mason jar and stir.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight or for 12-14 hours.
- Pour the coffee through a sieve, lined with cheesecloth, into a bowl, then pour back into the jar for storage.
To Make A Drink:
- Fill a short glass to the top with ice. Add a shot of bourbon. Pour in coffee until glass is about 3/4 full, and then add cream to taste. Give a little stir.