All that being said here is what you will need.
Vanilla Syrup (or your favorite flavor)
Ground coffee or whole coffee beans to grind yourself (I personally prefer Starbucks)
- Measure out 4 tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of COLD FILTERED water
- Pour the COLD FILTERED water into your french press and then add the coffee grounds
- Stir the water and coffee gently until all the grounds are wet
- Place the french press lid on the pot and do not press the filter down
- Let this mixture sit overnight or around 12 hours
- After the mixture has set overnight press the filter down slowly. Your coffee mixture is now ready to use or refrigerate for use at a later time.
- Measure out 1/2 cup of coffee, 1-1/4 cups milk, and two shot glasses of syrup (I use vanilla)
- Combine the milk, coffee, vanilla syrup, and some ice in a glass
Now as you enjoy that yummy iced coffee, I have a few more things to add. First, I like my coffee really sweet and creamy so if you don't then adjust accordingly. Also, one of the secrets I discovered is using filtered water! I am on city water so this seems to make a huge difference in the flavor of the coffee for me. I also found that either a blonde or medium blend of whole bean coffee has the best flavor. Whole bean is better if you have a grinder and can grind the beans just before you make the cold brew. Do not use a dark espresso bean! If you do you will end up with a bitter charcoal/pencily flavor. :) The last thing I want to add is to make sure you follow the ratio of coffee to water that I recommend. If you do not use enough coffee grounds you will not get the right flavor.
There you have it! That is my version of the perfect iced coffee recipe. If I keep experamenting (which I am sure I will) and come up with another improvement I will be sure to update this recipe.:) Hope you enjoy!
Oh and in case anyone is wondering Starbucks is not paying me to promote them or anything like that. I just really like their products. ;)