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On a hot summer’s day, there’s nothing better than a nice iced coffee. But if you’re looking toand ditch your Dunkin’ or Starbucks habits, making iced coffee in your own kitchen is actually pretty simple and uses the same basic ingredients as your regular hot coffee.
Iced coffee isn’t the same as— it’s less concentrated, and it has less caffeine. But while cold brew often takes a whole day to, well, brew, and requires a specialized , iced coffee is far more convenient, and also retains more of the subtle flavor notes of the coffee than cold brew does.
Here’s how to make your own iced coffee at home. We’ve also got tips on, and . You can also check out our picks for the and the .
What you need to make iced coffee
It might seem obvious, but here’s what you’ll need to make iced coffee at home:
- Brewed coffee (this can be from your Keurig, an automatic coffee pot, a pour-over or any other method you prefer)
- Extras (sugar, simple syrup, flavored syrups, cream, milk, etc.)
How to make iced coffee
Here’s the easiest way to make iced coffee.
1. Let your fresh brewed coffee cool. You can either let it sit out until it reaches room temperature, put it in the freezer for a few minutes, or if you’re thinking ahead, refrigerate it overnight so it’s ready to pour in the morning.
2. Fill a glass with ice, and pour the cooled coffee over it. (If you impatiently pour hot coffee over ice, you just get weak, lukewarm coffee.)
3. Add any of your preferred extras, like cream and sugar.
Extra tip: Freeze some of your brewed coffee in ice cube trays. Next time you make an iced coffee that you want to keep cold without watering it down so much, drop some in.
It’s really that easy. Now go enjoy it for the rest of the summer.
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