How to Make Iced Coffee: Quick and Easy Recipe

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Iced coffee is a popular drink that has been enjoyed for decades. It’s refreshing, it tastes good and it can be enjoyed any time of day or night. Of course, there are many ways to make an iced coffee but they all typically include brewing the coffee hot first, then pouring it over ice cubes in order to melt them down. The problem with this method is that you must wait until your water reaches room temperature before adding the grounds (otherwise you will end up with cold-brewed coffee). This means waiting an hour or more after making your pot of coffee before enjoying your iced beverage! There is also the issue of having too much liquid leftover which just sits on top of the ice cubes and never seeps into them.

The good news is there is a much better way to make iced coffee that requires almost no effort at all! The best part about this method is how quickly it can be done once you have your cold-brewed iced coffee prepared ahead of time. You’ll still get a perfect iced coffee with little to no effort which makes it perfect for those busy summer days when you want iced coffee but don’t have the time or patience to wait for it!

Here are the steps:

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Prepare your cold-brewed iced coffee according to our Cold Brewed Iced Coffee recipe. 2 cups of cold brew yield around 8 ounces, which makes 1 cup of iced coffee.

While your iced coffee is brewing, pour an ounce or two of vodka into the empty iced coffee bottle.

Shake the iced coffee mixture up well and give it some more time to dissolve any leftover grounds that may have settled near the bottom.

Finally, pour over fresh ice cubes in a glass and enjoy!

If you want even stronger iced coffee just add a little bit more vodka! The alcohol will help preserve your iced coffee so it can be stored for days to come without going bad.

This method makes perfect iced coffee every single time with little effort which makes it perfect for those busy summer days when you need caffeine but don’t have the patience to wait for it!


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Q: Will iced coffee prepared this way still taste good iced?

A: Yes!

Q: Can I leave the alcohol out if I don’t want it?

A: You can but it won’t preserve the iced coffee as well so you’ll probably need to drink it within a day or two.

Q: Can I use hot coffee instead of iced?

A: You can but it won’t taste as good because the vodka only preserves iced coffee, not hot.

Q: Will iced coffee prepared this way go bad if stored for too long?

A: It should be fine for up to a few days – just shake the iced coffee bottle to mix up everything before pouring.

Q: Will iced coffee prepared this way taste as good as iced coffee that is brewed hot then poured over ice?

A: No.

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