Sweet & Creamy Vanilla Iced Coffee (plus a Seattle’s Best Gift Pack Giveaway!)
Coffee is one of my favorite things ever. I must have it every single day – because if I don’t have it, trust me…. I’m not someone you’d wanna be around. I go from Mrs Happy Homemaker to Mrs Grumpy Homemaker pretty dang fast. There should probably be a warning sign on my door til I’ve had my daily dose…
Caution: Person who lives here has not yet had her coffee, and if you disturb her – you may want to run.
I absolutely love iced coffee, especially when it’s cold brewed. I usually do it in 5 gallon batches, but there are times where I don’t want to make as much – or wait as long. Enter my new Melitta brewing cone. You can make hot coffee as well with it (which I also love) but during the hotter months, iced coffee is definitely my thing.
When I have iced coffee, I like for mine to be sweet & creamy. Are you like that too? If so, then follow along with me. This is super easy.
First thing is soaking the coffee – I can’t put into words how much better your iced coffee will taste when you take the time to use the cold brew method. In a medium to large sized bowl, pour in 1.5 cups of coffee grounds. I love the Seattle’s Best Coffee in Medium Dark & Rich the best!
Gently stir in 1 cup of cold water. Once you’ve got that stirred in nicely, add in an additional 1.5 cups of cold water & gently stir again – being careful not to agitate the grounds too much.
Cover with a lid or plastic wrap – keep at room temperature for 12 hours.
Strain the coffee grounds through a filter – I’ve used my Melitta brewing cone & filter for this. (It sells for about 3 bucks, so you can’t beat that!)
Now, what you have now is coffee concentrate. You can actually just pop this in the fridge, & mix in 3 parts of water when you want an iced coffee…. But you see, I like mine sweet & creamy. And vanilla-y. If you aren’t a vanilla person, then obviously you can sub in your favorite flavor instead.
So, for the sweet & creamy – we’re going to start off with half of a can of sweetened condensed milk. Pour that right in. I have a deep affection for sweetened condensed milk. In the words of my 3 year old, ‘It’s nummy!’. You can add the entire can or 3/4 of it if you like yours extra sweet… like my husband who enjoys a little bit of coffee with his sugar. 😉
Pour in 1-1/4 cups of milk & 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Shake, shake, shake – stir it up – or do the hokey pokey. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you’ve got it all good & mixed. I like making mine in a resealable bottle so I can get shake happy with it.
Then you simply pop it in the fridge ’til you’re ready to use it – or if you’re like me, pour it over ice & begin chugging immediately.
Chug, chug, chug. Yum, I love coffee.
Now, ya’ll saw how much I love my Seattle’s Best… and the great folks over there have decided to offer up one heck of a giveaway for one lucky reader!
Here’s what you’ll get!
The Hot Iced gift-set includes:
- One-month supply of Seattle’s Best Coffee® (4 bags!)
- Seattle’s Best Coffee Tumbler for your iced and frozen coffee drinks
- Seattle’s Best Coffee Hot Travel Mug to enjoy our brewed coffee on-the-go
- Melitta coffee brewer and recipe for a totally new way to make a single cup of coffee
- Simple Iced Coffee recipe featuring our go-to cold brew method
- Coffee scoop to measure the perfect amount of coffee
You know what else? If you’re a coffee fan like me, you can head over to the Seattle’s Best’s facebook page to score you a $1.00 off coupon off of a bag! You can even gain an extra entry to this contest by doing so!
My husband also likes a little bit of coffee with his sugar!!
I like it hot and/or cold, usually with more sugar than I need.
I love sweet, creamy Iced coffee, thanks for the tips.
I love extra sweet vanilla or hazelnut iced coffee 🙂
I love iced vanilla coffee! No hot for me 🙂
I would LOVE to try this!!!!
^_^ Hooray coffee!! Cant live without it.
Definitely sweet and creamy! My hubby always asks if I want a little coffee with my milk and sugar.
Love iced coffee!
Love, love, love!!
I like it iced, too. 🙂
Great giveaway!! said the coffee lover!!
Yum! Awesome Giveaway!
With a lot of cream and sugar
My favorite drink is a vanilla latte. But good ol coffee I like with cream and a lil sugar. Thanks.
Not much on iced coffee, but I do LOVE Seattle’s Best dark coffee. The darker and stronger, the better.
Love the idea!!
I love my coffee to taste like coffee- not a whole lot of extras in it. LOVE iced coffee with a little sugar free caramel syrup!!
I love iced coffee.
Have to try cold brewing, love iced coffee in the summertime!
We love iced coffee. Thank you for the recipe.
Love iced coffee and this sounds so yummy
Haven’t really had much iced coffee but am interested in trying it
I love black coffee but I also like iced coffee.
I love iced coffee–definately am going to try this!
This is my favorite recipe for iced coffee by far!! I’ve loved it for years!
I’m going to have to try this! I’ve been looking for a recipe to keep me out of the drive thru. Thanks for sharing! Is there a lower calorie alternative to the sweetened condensed milk?
I like 3/4 black 1/4 french vanilla cappuccino @ speedway. I’m going to try to replicate it at home since I finally bought a coffee pot. My other fav is a grande nonfat no whip 2 pump mocha hot or cold depending upon the weather.
I like to have hot coffee with a little bit of sugar and hazelnut creamer!
Oh I do love Seattle’s Best! I just cracked my French press (21 yrs old) so the cone would also be much appreciated. I like my coffee all ways cold, hot, cream, sugar, black ……just depends on my mood.
Coffee makes my world go ’round. I drink it black and iced. And I also chug..speaking of, I must make some now if I plan to function properly.
I like my coffee hot with lots of cream and sugar. The Melitta Coffee Brewer sounds pretty cool. Going to do some research on it. Thanks for a great giveaway! : )
oooh! I love coffee! This giveaway could make my mornings SMILE 🙂
This would be the best pick me up for me in the morning
I love coffee in every application!!!
Love my coffee hot and sweet!
I love iced coffee on a warm day! I have used this method, but you make it sound so easy that I am going to give it a try!
Iced coffee is my favorite!
I love my coffee hot with a mixture of Condensed Milk and regular milk with a touch of sugar. I am also not one to mess with before I’ve had my coffee. 🙂
Usually black, but been doing coconut oil, butter, heavy cream, and mini dash of stevia for first cup, and YUM!! forgot to try it with vanilla, mmm.
I drink coffee all kinds of ways, love it iced, with French vanilla creamer, or even just with a little milk. Good stuff!
I love Iced Coffee! This looks so wonderful!
I love my coffee light and sweet!
I love my coffee warm. Not to hot, not to cold. 😉
I so need this!
I add cinnamon to my ground coffee and add a splash of vanilla almond milk to it.
I can’t wait to win it. Seattle’s one of the best coffees around.
Just finished my 3rd for the day. Since my college days I can’t go without. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.
Love this method! Can’t wait to make some iced coffee!!!!
Looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try!
I can’t wait to try your method. I too am a coffee lover – i drink it iced in the summer and nice and hot during Maine’s cold winters-it must be sweet and light! Debbie Barker
I love to drink Iced Coffee, Not sure why, but definitely like it better iced than hot and with sugar and small amount of cream or tons of flavoring. 🙂
Did someone say coffee? Yes, please. During the summer months, I love iced coffee…..mocha! Yum!
I love coffee any way! My favorite is probably hot with a little cream and sugar1
sweet and creamy
I enjoy drinking my coffee drink just as. no sugar or extras.
I’m going to try your cold-brew method today! By the way, I love your green Pyrex bowl (I have the same one) and couldn’t help but notice you switched bowls for the next photo. 🙂
I actually have 2 of those bowls, love them! It may not look like it, but it’s the same Pyrex bowl in each picture – just taken at different angle & the flash hit the bottom edge of the bowl in the second picture. 🙂
I love my coffee with lots of cream!
I love cold coffee.
Can’t wait to try this one ! Yum Yum 🙂
Love coffee sweetened and with flavored creamers!
I can’t start my day without my coffee 🙂
Such a neat idea! I’ve never tried this but now I must!
I am a coffee-aholic and during these HOT summer months in TX, I only drink my coffee nice and cold so I will definitely have to try this method!
I like my coffee with lots of stuff in it – sugar, creamer, flavorings.
This sounds perfect. I’ve wanted to try cold brewed coffee for a long time and this method is the easiest way yet that I’ve seen..
I love my iced coffee with lots of milk and sugar!
I fresh grind beans every morning and enjoy two cups of french roast!
Love iced coffee. Thanks for the recipe!
Iced coffee is nummy! thanks for the post
Awesome! I love coffee!
Love Iced Coffee. I have been needing to drink some since I had my baby! 🙂
I love coffee 😉
love hot and iced coffee…. hot coffee with cinnamon and iced coffee with chocolate….
I like my coffee cold in the summer and hot in the winter…I drink it all day long with lots of milk and sugar. Brown sugar is gooood. 🙂
Yummy!!!! Going to start doing the cold brew method. I am sure it tastes sooooo much better.
I love coffee everyday every morning!
I Love my coffee hot with stevia and vanilla creamer…same every morning…sometimes I like Pumpkin Spice Coffee or Christmas Time blend in the cold
I just L-O-V-E Coffee! I enjoy trying different flavors.
Thanks for the idea, I’ve never thought of soaking my coffee first – I will definitely be trying this method 🙂
I love iced coffee!!!
This looks amazing!
You add the condensed milk and such into the coffee mixture or seperate? & do you still add water when ready to drink ?? just trying to make sure I have it right
You add it into the coffee concentrate mixture – and no, you don’t need to add water once you’ve already brewed your concentrate and you’re ready to drink it.