This easy iced coffee will see you right through the summer if, like me, you’re finding it hard to keep up your caffeine levels in this heat!
This past weekend Jonny & I ran away to Chagstock festival on the edge of Dartmoor and had a blast! Plenty of cider, great company and (mostly) superb live music. The Stranglers, Ferocious Dog and our latest-new-found-awesome-band Noble Jacks topped our musical list. I was also interested to see Donovan, even though I didn’t know a thing about him or his music. Sadly he totally bombed. It was all a bit mortifying watching his set if I’m honest, and I didn’t even make it to the second song :(
Even though the weather forecast was pants we had wall to wall sunshine. In fact dare I say it was too hot at times, certainly too hot for drinking my regular black Americano. Luckily there were two stalls on site that were offering dairy free iced coffees which, along with the cider, became my weekend staple.
I often order an iced hazelnut soya latte at Costa, so was a bit dubious whether a small time festival stall could make me anything that ticked those Costa buttons. One stall was purely coffee, with espresso machines and barista coffee and the other stall was an eco juice bar that happened to also sell iced coffee.
When I ordered my iced coffee at the latter, I didn’t look past their fruity menu and colourful stand to see that there was no espresso machine. Just a little jar of Nescafe sat forlornly on a shelf.
My inner coffee snob died inside a little at this point. I’d already ordered it, already paid for it, and the woman serving me had actually gone to Waitrose that morning specifically to buy the soya milk as when I’d ordered one the day before they realised they hadn’t packed any.
Being the polite English girl that I am, I smiled graciously as I was told to sit on the blender bike to crush my ice and mix my coffee. I’d already decided that I’d pour it away as soon as I was round the corner and go order a real one at the barista place.
I smiled again as I took a polite sip whilst walking away from their stand and realised, to my horror, that it tasted just like the baristas iced coffee.
Easy Iced Coffee
I have become such a self billed coffee snob that I was a bit thrown by this to be honest. I love the pomp and ritual surrounding coffee. It reminds me of being a smoker that enjoyed rolling my own tobacco just as smoking it.
So this morning, rather than dashing out on a Costa run, I decided to brew my own easy iced coffee using the jar of Alta Rica I save for baking. It was a success and tasted just fine. It would have been better with a single shot of hazelnut syrup, but was just as dandy as the Aeropress iced version. Huh. Go figure.
I guess like everything in life it’s worth trying things before you knock ’em, eh?
PS Whether you opt for the instant or real stuff, brew the coffee stronger than you would normally as the ice will water it down.
Easy Iced Coffee
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee OR a double shot of espresso
- Hot water from the kettle
- Milk soya, cows, oat, whatever floats your boat
- Sugar optional, flavoured syrup
Pop the instant coffee in a blender jug and pour over enough boiling water to dissolve the granules (or pop your double espresso shot in the glass). Add in your sugar or syrup at this point if using. Stir very well and let cool.
Pile up the glass with ice.
Pour over your milk of choice and watch those rippled swirl. Stir and indulge. Yum.
If you'd like a smoother brew, crush all in a blender.