Food

Easy, Home-Made Iced Coffee

I truly have to be in the mood for a warm cup of anything in the mornings. I’d much rather have an iced coffee or green tea as opposed to a warm cup of caffeine no matter how frosty it is outside. I honestly feel like it’s because of my morning personality—I just don’t care. Great attitude, eh? No, but really, I’m the type of person that needs a morning “shock” and a strong cup of iced coffee has the perfect dose of caffeine to get me going in the mornings!

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A while back, I found myself heading to the drive through of Starbucks on South Broadway in my pj’s for a “Grande, Iced Coffee with low-fat milk” (because the low-fat milk made such a big difference and all) daily. Every morning, I would spend approximately $3.00 on coffee, maybe a snack if hungry. $3.00 is affordable…..until you look at the bigger picture. Let’s do some math, shall we? I would roughly spend $3.00/day, $21/week and $90/month which results to approximately $1,000 a year on COFFEE. Not only did my credit card statements start getting bigger, so did I (YIKES)!

I’ve also always wondered what exactly is in their sweet syrup they put in practically all their drinks? Have you all seen that article floating around this past fall stating that the Pumpkin Spice Latte contained no pumpkin ingredient period…what!? All of these factors lead me to start making my own iced coffee in the comfort of my own home. Don’t get me wrong, I love Starbucks and the yumminess it has to offer but I found that making my own iced coffee kept my wallet (and weight) happy. Not to mention, I can control how strong or sweet my coffee is at the tip of my fingers with only 4 ingredients!

What you will need:

Milk/Instant Coffee/Sugar/Ice

2015-01-27 10.47.24I start out by making a “concentrate”. I fill up my mason mug with about 2 inches of cold milk.

2015-01-27 10.50.27Add however much coffee & sugar you would need for a FULL cup. This morning I used a heaping tablespoon of coffee which is quite strong. If you don’t like your coffee strong, stick to teaspoons. I also add 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar.

2015-01-27 10.51.47Heat up this concentrate in the microwave for no more than 20 seconds. Keep an eye out so it doesn’t overflow! Heating this concentrate up melts the sugar, no one like a gritty drink.

2015-01-27 10.54.17Add a full cup of ice to the concentrate and mix well.

2015-01-27 10.55.14The ice will melt into the milk, diluting the concentrate a bit.

2015-01-27 10.56.06Once your concentrate is ice cold, add more milk filling it to the top of the glass and stir. 

2015-01-27 11.57.28Add extra ice and enjoy!

I figured I would share this simple recipe but realized it was a bit too easy, (oops)! Regardless, I hope you all learned something and enjoyed. Let me know if you try out this recipe and what you think in the comments below!

Love Always,

<3 Megan

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4 thoughts on “Easy, Home-Made Iced Coffee

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