It's iced coffee season — also known as summer — though we love this scrumptious sip all year round. But if you've tried to make it at home, only to be disappointed by a watery flavor or less-than-barista quality, have no fear. You'll be happy to know that you don't have to keep running back to the coffee shop just to get your hands on a proper iced brew. These three easy hacks will help you make coffee like a pro, and you can enjoy a chilly cup of joe whenever you crave it.
Pop some hot brew in the fridge.
Making iced coffee directly from hot coffee usually turns into a big watery mess, so it's best to brew some hot coffee the night before. All you have to do is pour the coffee into a heat-safe pitcher and then refrigerate it overnight. Voila! Your coffee will be nice and cool and ready for you by the a.m. Psst: You can also use a French press ($24.99, Amazon) and put it in the fridge overnight, saving the pressing for the morning to make more like cold brew. Add a few ice cubes to your caffeinated creation, and any other desired ingredients such as milk or sweetener. Armed with your iced coffee, out the door you go to take on the day!
Make coffee ice cubes.
If you want to take your iced coffee up a notch, it's time to freeze. Just pour it into a sturdy ice cube tray, such as the OXO Good Grips Ice Cube Tray (Amazon, $9.99), and carefully place the tray into the freezer. Let it sit for at least a few hours or overnight. Then, put the frozen coffee to good use. You can add the cubes to the cold coffee sitting in your fridge to guarantee it will never get watered down. Or plop however many cubes you want into a glass with your choice of milk for a luxurious, latte-like drink. You can even place your cubes and milk (and any other ingredients you like) into a powerful blender to make an iced coffee smoothie — yum!
Let an iced coffee maker do the work.
If you're a serious iced coffee fan and also have no time at all to make it, let the latest technology give you a helping hand. For instance, the iced coffee maker from Takeya ($18.99, Amazon) allows you to simply add coffee grounds and cold water to its special pitcher before you seal it, shake it, and then store it in the fridge overnight. No brewing necessary! You might also consider the HyperChiller HC2 Coffee Cooler ($29.99, Amazon), which has a unique freezable chamber that can instantly transform a hot brew into iced coffee in just one minute.
Once you pick your favorite method, your homemade iced coffee awaits!