Best Coffee for Hot Days: Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

We're looking for ways to keep cool this month as we ride out the end-of-summer heat wave. A big pitcher of iced coffee will definitely need to be in our fridge at all times, we think! Here's a new-to-us brewing method that guarantees the perfect icy cup.Just a week or so after we learned about cold-brewing iced tea, the Splendid Table did another feature on using a similar method to make iced coffee. All you do is grind up a pound of your favorite coffee, stir in about 10 cups of cold water, and let it sit overnight. The next morning, you strain out the grounds and have yourself a pitcher of concentrated coffee that can be refrigerated for up to two weeks!

This concentrated coffee can be poured over ice or mixed with milk to dilute it. Splendid Table hostess Lynne Rossetto Kasper also says you can even pour in some hot water for a steamy cup.

The advantage of this cold-brewing method is that the coffee is brewed gently and doesn't end up with any of the acidity found in a cup brewed the regular. It's smooth and rich, and perfect for perking us up on a hot afternoon.

How do you like your iced coffee?

• Hear what got us hooked! Download the podcast of this episode of Splendid Table from the show's website.
• Our photograph of iced coffee is from the Bitten Word blog - They review a method from the NYTimes for making smaller quantities of cold-brewed coffee!

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(Image: Flickr member The Bitten Word licensed under Creative Commons)

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