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!