Search the Site Navigation

My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

DIY Iced Coffee Cooking View

This is what my mornings look like these days.  (Except I leave for work when it is much darker than you see here.)  Yep, I’m back to work from maternity leave.  To say leaving my kids every day is difficult would be a huge understatement.  But, you do what you gotta do, right?  Each morning I shower and dress, prep bottles, make a lunch, do hair and makeup, nurse Caroline, and run out the door.  But not before I grab my purse, breast pump (wahoo…) and my new addiction, this DIY iced coffee.

I am so excited about this iced coffee for so, so many reasons.  First of all, I don’t own a coffee maker, so the fact that this recipe uses a cold brew method requiring only a very large container is fabulous.  Second,  it takes literally less than five minutes to mix up making it undoubtedly the easiest thing I have ever made.  Third, it makes a huge amount of the coffee base so it will last you for a long time.  And most importantly, now I can make something at home that I used to only buy from coffee shops.  I’m saving money, time, and plastic cups.  Since forming this habit, I’ve made my own raspberry, caramel, and chocolate syrups for flavoring, and I plan on trying many more.  (Recipes for these are forthcoming, don’t worry!)  You could also use sugar to sweeten this but I don’t like the texture of the granules.  Simple syrups are a nice, smooth way to sweeten the drink.

Now, part of the beauty of making your own iced coffee at home is that you can make it exactly as you prefer.  Take some time playing around with the proportions of flavorings, coffee, milk and ice to make it just right.  This is most definitely a gateway beverage to making more coffee concoctions at home.  I’m so looking forward to further experimenting.  And though nothing can really make it easier to leave all this cuteness behind at home, allowing myself this one indulgence makes my mornings ever so slightly less painful.

Update: I’ve posted several varieties of homemade syrups to flavor mixed coffee drinks.  Enjoy!
DIY Flavored Syrups
DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte SyrupDIY Flavored Holiday Syrups
DIY Chocolate Syrup

DIY Iced Coffee
Yield: about 8 quarts of coffee base

Ingredients

For the coffee base:
16 oz. ground dark roast coffee
8 quarts cold water

For a basic iced mocha:
1½ tbsp. simple syrup (flavored or plain)
1½ tbsp. chocolate syrup (to make an iced mocha)
Ice cubes (approximately 1-1½ cups)
Chilled coffee base (above)
Milk, half-and-half, or cream (I use 2% milk)

Cooking View

Directions

  • To make the coffee base, combine the ground coffee and cold water in a very large container.  Stir well so that all of the coffee grounds are moistened.  Cover and let the mixture sit at room temperature for 8 hours or overnight.  Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth.  Pour the coffee-water mixture through the sieve into pitchers or other storage containers to remove the grounds.  Store the coffee base in the refrigerator to keep chilled.

  • To make an iced mocha, pour the syrups into the bottom of a 16-ounce cup.  Fill the cup with ice.  Pour the chilled coffee base over the ice, filling the cup about three quarters full.  Stir the mixture well to blend in the syrups.  Fill the cup the rest of the way with milk and stir once more to blend.  Sip and enjoy!

Source

  • http://theskywasneverthelimit.wordpress.com/ The Sky was never the Limit

    Looks like a great recipe, can’t wait to see the ones for syrup!

  • http://Meagansfirstkitchen.blogspot.com Meagan

    I cannot wait to try this. I’ve been looking for a good and simple iced coffee recipe :)

  • Shannon

    Ah Annie,

    You have no idea how good your timing is with this one. Second semester has just started for university in Australia, and the early mornings and long days were just begging me to find an alternative to the sugar filled ones I buy on my way to class.

    You’re a Godsend!

  • JILL Haggerty

    While I don’t drink coffee, I see why these cuties would be so hard to leave at home! They’re adorable!

  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I’ve been addicted to iced coffee this summer and can’t get enough! Great tips.

  • http://www.thedollbaker.com/ Kathi B

    Annie, love the pics of your little cuties! My daughter and I have an iced coffee addiction. This will save us lots of money! How long can you keep this in the fridge?

  • http://www.beckiswholelife.com Becki @ Becki’s Whole Life

    I keep saying I need to make my own iced coffee – maybe today will be the day! I remember going back to work after I had my two little ones. I just kept reminding myself that I was doing it for them and it helped a little bit anyways. But it is hard – especially when they are babies. Not to mention, it makes for some crazy mornings:-)

  • http://www.blognewblack.com Blog is the New Black

    I tried making the coffee this way after seeing it on Ree’s blog- holy strong! ;)

    Your pumpkins look JUST like you!

  • Nicole G

    I am currently drinking iced coffee out of the exact same Eco cup! I love mine! Right now, I buy the Starbucks Via envelopes from Sam’s Club but would love to cut my costs further and try this method at home. Looks great! I sympathize with the early morning rises and leaving cute kiddos at home. So hard to do! Best wishes and thanks for the cool recipe.

  • http://www.danellesdish.com Danellesdish

    This sounds great! School starts next Tues for me so I will be putting this on my grocery list! I applaud you for you for going back to work and nursing, it is not an easy task but as a mother makes you feel so satisfied to know you are giving your child the best possible start in life they can get.

  • http://www.sunshineandspices.blogspot.com/ Jennifer

    I saw this on pioneer woman and I’ve been wanting to try it, using flavored syrup is a great idea! I remember being in your shoes, going back to work after my daughter was born (I also have a little boy) and it was really tough. Its amazing how busy life gets when you have two kids!

  • Marilyn C

    I can’t wait to try it!! I start grad school in 2 weeks and this will be so easy to make once a week or two and save me so much $$$.

    thanks annie :)

  • Morgane

    Thank you for this recipe!

  • http://www.familyonabudget.com FamilyOnABudget

    I am going to have to try this. I normally buy local flavored coffee beans (coconut is my favorite) and brew them first, which is a pain because I only have a 5 cup coffee maker. I hadn’t thought of cold brewing them.

  • http://daintychef-krissy.blogspot.com/ Krissy

    I have been meaning to try this recipe! Glad it is a winner in your book!

  • Kate

    Just a note to support all you are doing–my daughter just turned one & I feel liberated finally coming to work without the breast pump. It’s not easy, as I know you know, and the little things like iced coffee make it better. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • http://nicandkier.blogspot.com Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa

    I have been meaning to try this brewing method for a while now – this week could just be the week!

    Your kids are absolutely adorable!

  • http://sherrilynnpuz.blogspot.com/ sherri lynn

    I can’t wait for your syrup recipes! I also don’t like the sugar granules so I would much prefer to use the syrup. Caroline is such a cutie! Love those cheeks!

  • Annie

    Thanks for the encouragement :) She’s four months now so I’m happy I’ve got a third of the year down, but not thrilled to lug the pump around for eight more months.

  • Debby

    Mmmmm iced mocha, sounds wonderful! I’ve only made vanilla iced coffee. I make this coffee “concentrate” year round. Not only does it make the best iced coffee, it also makes a wonderful hot cup of coffee. I use the Toddy coffee system, which makes the whole procedure a piece of cake.

  • Annie

    I’m not sure there is a real limit. It keeps a long, long time.

  • http://kraftsandkonfections.blogspot.com/ Kristen

    Yah! I can attest to how yummy this is. I started making this the moment PW posted and it is Heaven sent. I can’t wait to try it with your syrup, though!

  • Suzannah

    This really, really makes me want to start drinking coffee. I know it’s not quite a health food, but it is surely better than a Diet Coke in the morning.
    PS – I once left my pump in the bathroom while I ran to get some wipes to clean the parts. A coworker saw the black bag with tubes coming out of it and called the bomb squad. :)

  • jen

    wow, i can’t believe how big she’s gotten! 4 months already?! she’s beautiful :) i saw this recipe on pw, and i’ve been meaning to try it, it seems easy enough and starbucks gets too much of my money at the moment…

  • http://www.catelinden.com Cate

    Your children are adorable! Caroline looks so beautiful in that blue shirt. She is so sweet.

    I love iced coffee but never buy it because it is so expensive! I’m glad to know I can make it at home. Yum!

  • Sarah

    I have made this recipe several times (yes, I have gone through several gallons since PW posted it) and it is the best! I have also read that cold-brewed coffee has only a fraction of the acidity of hot-brewed coffee, a win for my stomach:)

  • Annie

    Oh my goodness! That is hilarious!

  • http://dinahs-dishes.com Dinah

    I’ve been making iced coffee since a spring trip to San Francisco where I fell in love with a chicory iced coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee. If you can find a dark roast with chicory you should give it a try. My husband thinks the chicory almost adds a deep caramel flavor.

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com/ Katrina

    This is what my mornings NEED to look like!

  • http://Blessusolord.blogspot.com Barbara

    Annie,
    How much coffee (cups) is 16 oz.? I don’t have a scale.

    Btw for those who can’t handle the acid in coffee, there is much, much less in cold brewed. I have IC and have wanted to try cold brewed. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • http://simplytasty.blogspot.com Stacey

    First of all I have to comment on how beautiul your children are! Second, I loveeee this recipe. I’m actually enjoying a cup of it right now. I tried it right after PW posted it have not once gone out to get iced coffee since. I love how it is so versatile! Can’t wait for the syrup recipes!

  • Mary R

    I’ve been making this all summer, too. When looking for syrup recipes, I came across a woman who swore that if you stirred together a can of sweetened condensed milk and a can of evaporated milk and used that as your creamer, it would taste just like the sweet and creamy Starbucks iced coffees.

    It’s alarmingly delicious. I might just stick to my half and half and simple syrup, though, since I’ve always got those around anyway.

  • http://penniesonaplatter.com Nikki

    Oh my gosh, Annie, we are blog twins today! I didn’t know PW had an iced coffee recipe out there. That would’ve saved me a lot of time of trial and error! :) Looks like we came up with the same results. Yay for DIY iced coffee and saving money!

  • http://kelseysappleaday.blogspot.com Kelsey

    My mom uses the same method and it’s delicious. Great post, Annie. I love the pictures and am laughing at “gateway beverage”. Glad you’ve found one little way to make mornings a bit better.

  • Morgan

    We love this coffee too! We also decided to try it after we saw it on Pioneer Woman. Perfect!

  • Rosella Wagner

    I cannot drink hot coffee, but I love iced coffee…go figure! My husband just shakes his head at me. I love the cold-brew method. I’m looking forward to your syrup recipes.

  • Annie

    I’m not sure since I just weighed mine. I would either look for a 1 lb. package or try to find a conversion online. Hope that helps!

  • Patti S.

    Hi Annie! I love your blog! Many of my girlfriends follow and we all love trying your recipes. :) I have a question: I love iced coffee and have another reusable cup but it sweats a lot. Does the cup you use sweat or stay dry? Thanks!

  • Annie

    It’s a double-walled cup so it doesn’t sweat at all. I love it!

  • Alice

    We’ve been making this iced-coffee concentrate non-stop since PW posted it and I’ve converted several co-workers, too! My husband is a third year medical student and this has been a life-saver for overnight shifts and early, early mornings. Can’t wait to read about your homemade syrups, I’ve only tried vanilla so far!

  • http://www.carolinaheartstrings.com carolinaheartstrings

    I just printed this out so that I can start making this every single morning. Love love love iced coffee anytime of the year.

  • http://blog.gracobaby.com Kate

    Hi Annie-
    I read your blog on my reader (and “star” SO many of the recipes)… but I had to pop over today to say what a BEAUTIFUL little miss you’ve got! The eyes on your children are gorgeous – what blessings they are!
    -Kate

  • http://blessusolord.blogspot.com/ Barbara

    I looked it up, Annie, and it’s 2 cups — for others who don’t have scales either!

  • Annie

    I think you may have looked up cups by volume (which is 16 oz.), not weight. I found this online which works it out to be about 5 cups.

  • Elizabeth

    I seen the recipe on Pioneer Woman last month and i just thought it looked like a lot of work for coffee..but after i saw your post and read all the options for flavored syrups..i just decided to move my u know what!!! The decoction is steeping now and i shall report back.Just hope that you have the posts on the syrups tomm:)
    I can understand the difficulty in leaving the kids back…both of them are soo adorable..!!!
    Also thumbs up for breastfeeding…i nursed exclusively for 15 months and i am proud of it..but i am a stay at home mum so its much easier..u are awesome!!!!!

  • http://www.sohowsittaste.com Leah | So, How’s It Taste?

    I am completely addicted to iced coffee and just started making it at home recently. It’s so easy to have it in the fridge from the cold-brewed concentrate. I like to use flavored coffee sometimes, too. I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to hot coffee! I can’t believe how big your little girl is already!

  • http://stephchows.blogspot.com stephchows

    I love cold brewing ice coffee… ok going to go make some now… you twisted my arm ;)

  • Gen

    Cold brewed is the only way to go! It’s perfect for cold coffee because it has less acid and is a little smoother tasting. I love it!

  • http://www.symmetricmom.com Katie

    I recently made this after seeing it on PW’s site, too. I am saving SO MUCH money not buying $4 iced mocha’s and it was so easy to make and really does last!!

  • http://www.ameliagrazia.blogspot.com Amy

    Mmmmm this looks delicious! And your kids are adorable!

  • sheila

    sweetened condensed milk is another great alternative to sugar!

  • Traci Howard

    GREAT recipe! I have been on a ANNIE baking spree all weekend, and just made the Sesame Cupcakes!! To DIE FOR!!! YOUR children are just beautiful! Thank you for sharing all you do with EVERYONE!

  • Genny

    This coffee is delish! Have already tried it — can’t wait for your recipes to come! And, your children are beautiful!

  • Stephanie

    My husband and I just had a wonderful iced coffee in Metamora, IN last weekend. They used the coffee mixture to make their ice cubes so the water didn’t dilute the iced coffee which seems like a good idea if you don’t mind taking the extra step to make a tray of coffee cubes!

  • Jaime

    Coffee looks great, love the cup! But enough about the coffee, ur daughter is so gorgeous!!! Her face is angelic! Adorable! Love the photo and her blue shirt is so cute. You make me want to have another baby! LoL :) Both your kids are adorable!

  • http://upstatecalikitchenadventures.blogspot.com Maria

    I love this stuff. In the past I’d done small batches in Mason jars, but this summer I discovered this recipe. So great to make coffee once every two weeks and be finished! But I thought I’d read that you weren’t much of a coffee drinker?

  • Emily Bowmer

    I am so excited to see this recipe!! I have wanted to invest in a cold brew pot for a couple of years. I had no idea it could be done this way!! I am going to try it!! You can also turn this into hot coffee by microwaving it. I have had it hot several times from friends who have a pot. I would also imagine this would be delicious in recipes that call for coffee. Thank you! And, Your children are beautiful!! What sweet faces they have!

  • Julie

    When I saw this post on PW, I looked for a scaled down version. I’ve found that 3/4cups coffee to 3 cups water works well. Shake it up in a mason jar and follow the directions posted! Can’t wait to try some homemade syrups. I have been doing a vanilla/caramel syrup mix…yummy!

  • Sara

    So at the risk of sounding dumb, what store (walmart/ supermarket) would you find a cheese cloth? Also, what part of the store? I know what it is just don’t know where to look! Since I usually have my 2 year old daughter with me I don’t have time or patience to search :) Thanks!

  • Annie

    It varies store by store. I would just ask an employee.

  • Annie

    I don’t drink regular coffee, but clearly love iced coffee :)

  • Tish

    I think Pioneer Woman mentioned keeping her concentrate for 3-4 weeks in the fridge. I make a half batch and notice a change in freshness after about 1 1/2 wks-2 wks (though even then it’s still awesome!). I bought a suntea jar and keep it on the top shelf for quick dispensing:)!

  • LisaK

    Your kids are adorable!

  • http://thelittlekimchipierogi.wordpress.com/ the little kimchi pierogi

    I am very excited about your upcoming posts on the syrups…I go into serious withdrawal when Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte season ends…

  • http://flipflopsandjeans.blogspot.com Trysha

    My go-to coffee sweetner is Vanilla Agave. Yum!

  • Annie

    I haven’t noticed any change and I’ve had mine for over a month now. I still love it :)

  • http://iamfausto.posterous.com/ Gretchen

    Oh my, this post is just for me! I just returned to work from maternity leave last week, and my husband has been bugging me about all the money I’m wasting on my new iced coffee habit. We also don’t have a coffee maker so this is perfect!

  • http://thekitchenpirate.blogspot.com Sandi

    Iced coffee is a definitely a must in my house right now – over 25 days of over 100* weather outside! Thanks for the great way to cool down and save some cash! Goodbye, Starbucks!

    PS: Your daughter is just gorgeous!

  • Meagan

    I brewed the coffee yesterday and made the iced coffee this morning. I did halve the recipe to make less, and it still ended up making a pitcher and a half of coffee. The drink was amazing and I’m looking forward to having one every morning!

  • Melissa

    Absolutely the only thing wrong with this recipe is that it means I have a big pitcher of delicious coffee waiting for me in the fridge at all times. Which is probably why I drank 3 cups today (when I usually don’t even finish the one) which is probably why it’s 3 AM and I still can’t sleep :-p

  • http://aglassofmilk.wordpress.com jennie

    i am so addicted to starbucks, i can’t wait to try this. your hot chocolate recipe worked wonders last winter, and i’m sure this will be the perfect summer alternative!

  • MeaganW519

    Omgoodness… I can’t wait for the syrup recipes!!!!!!! Any plans for a coconut one??? My absolute favorite!

  • Annie

    Yes, actually :)

  • Heidi

    Beautiful babies! I saw this on PW’s blog and debated making it – glad you posted it because it finally convinced me. And it’s fantastic! My husband, who’s a hot coffee addict got into it, too, so we’re going through the supply a lot faster now. Also, I ordered one of the cups you recommended, because mine isn’t double-walled and it sweats everywhere. He and my daughter checked the mail today before I did, and he was so excited about his new cup! I didn’t have the heart to tell him I got it for myself… guess I’ll order another tonight :)

  • Annie

    You might want to check at Target too. I have seen them everywhere lately, including there! Glad you’re enjoying it :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/songbirdsweets Songbird Sweets

    thanks for posting this annie! i have a huge coffee addiction and im constantly buying iced coffees. you made it look so easy to just make it yourself. i am looking forward to trying this at home, and hopefully saving some money in the process:-)

  • KateW

    I just wanted to give you props for being a pumping mom! It sure isn’t fun and glamorous but you are giving your baby such a wonderful gift!

  • Annie

    Thanks Kate :)

  • Annie

    Definitely do try it, you’ll be hooked! I haven’t bought one in a couple of months now, which is a big deal for me. But I still enjoy them almost every day :)

  • http://Thecomerworld.blogspot.com Tarayn

    Family on a budget- where do you find coconut flavored beans?? I’m obsessed with coconut! Yum!

  • http://www.familyonabudget.com FamilyOnABudget

    I live in Pittsburgh and get them at a local roaster, Prestogeorge Fine Foods. They do have some wonderful flavors. http://www.prestogeorge.com

  • Posti4

    I loved this when Pioneer Woman posted and I love it now! Reminds me I have yet to do it.

  • Heather W.

    You can also find cheese cloth at fabric stores. I just bought some for much less than I would pay at the grocery store.

  • http://www.kitchen-concoctions.com Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    Iced coffee is perfect for these hot summers! Love this technique!

    PS- Your kids are too cute!

  • bttrflybabydoll

    I just saw this recipe on PW’s website, and can’t wait to give it a try! Glad to know it works for you too!

  • Beth M

    I made this yesterday!! SOOOO good!! I had my spouse cut the portions on the coffee down so could could brewed a normal pitcher size (me and quarts – it’s ugly. So I made a half cup of grounds and a 2 quart pitcher (about an orange juice pitcher sized) so it’ll fit it my fridge for easier use.) And.. It’s absolutely PERFECT. I’m so picky about just the right amount of chocolate and etc and this is it… *droooooollll*

    Been reading your blog for a long time and never comment, but have used several of your recipes and ideas. I just HAD to let you know how great it is. Thanks! Love it!!

  • http://www.kateslibrary.blogspot.com Kate

    Annie! I have the same iced coffee cup. At my house, we prefer iced to hot coffee so I usually brew a batch every couple of days and keep it in the fridge. I’ll have to try this spin on it!

  • Shannon

    This was so good! I had been simply refrigerating already regularly brewed coffee, but this method makes for a much smoother iced coffee.

  • Sarah

    I enjoyed my first homemade iced coffee this morning…I was thrilled with how easy this was! What actually prevented me from making it sooner was the fact that I didn’t have a large enough container and didn’t want to halve the recipe (because it’d only mean I’d have to take the time to make it more often)….(maybe I’m the only one that was having this problem but in the event I’m not…) I was wandering around Target yesterday and found one of these http://tiny.cc/4rn99 for only $1.02! It’s only 6 qts but the bag of coffee I bought was only 12 oz anyway, so it ended up working out perfectly :) Thanks for sharing the recipe–I’m excited to see your recipes for the homemade syrups!

  • Alison`

    This coffee tastes better than what I buy from the store and is cheaper. Plus I am not tempted by pastries (blueberry scones/donuts) those stores have to offer. I found this blog on accident while looking for butterfly cakes for my daughter’s birthday (found the cupcakes) and I have been a huge fan ever since. The iced cookie instructions inspired me to try royal icing again. The step by step instructions, pictures, and tips made it much easier.

    Thank you!!!

  • Laura Garrett

    This recipe is very close to an awesome mocha concoction made for weddings and parties by a professional caterer in our church. I thought I would pass along the one missing ingredient to try and that is ice cream! Stay with me now! Her recipe is basically the same though hers calls for brewing instant coffee over the stove to make the base. I like the idea of making it with REAL coffee! =D
    Her recipe is for large groups and makes about 2 gals. Though we usually have to double it because people love it so much! For a single serving, instead of adding any flavored syrups, add one small scoop each of softened chocolate and vanilla ice cream and stir lightly. Just trust me…

  • http://lotbackburner.blogspot.com/ Cphilly1

    It’s been 4 months, so I am sure you have found what you are looking for by now, but Walmart has cheesecloth in the craft section by the sewing equipment. :)

  • Guest

    I recently saw this on the PW site, and it is excellent. What I would like to add is that just as I was about to trash the used grounds, it struck me. They can be used as fertilizer for plants. You would need to look up how much and when, but it is good for tomatoes, herbs, and I don’t know what all else. I had just started my seedlings that day, and was so glad to have remembered this.

  • http://twitter.com/JenatPBandP PB and Peppers

    Love ice coffee! Matter in fact I just made a cup and through it in the fridge for later!!

  • Nknicker

    This is amazing!!! So much smoother than hot brewed!! I like to freeze some in ice cube trays, that way my iced coffee stays cold with coffee cubes and doesnt get diluted with water. Thanks for this recipe, has changed my iced coffee making for forever. Yum.

  • http://www.facebook.com/savage.amanda Amanda Savage

    I’m new to the blog, was wondering if there is a recipe for the simple syrup? I cant wait to try this!

  • annieseats

    Linked within this post.

  • 898502

    I just poured my first iced coffee from this recipe and it’s amazing!!! Thank you for posting!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=743741196 Crystal McKinney Courson

    So easy and so delicious!

  • Angie R.

    Hi Annie, I know this is an older post and I searched through all the comments and didn’t see this, so I hope it’s a new question. I just made my first batch of cold-brewed coffee last night and made my iced coffee this morning. I used the Cafe Bustelo brand coffee and I have to say it is quite strong! It is an espresso blend, so that is probably why. (I used about 3/4 coffee and then filled up rest with milk, so I may need to adjust that.) Do you have a preferred brand that you like to use?

  • annieseats

    I don’t know much about coffee at all but the type you use will obviously have a huge effect on the final outcome. Maybe just try experimenting and also experiment with the quantities to get the perfect blend for your tastes.

  • Vanessa F.

    I know this isnt rocket sicence, but I was just curious what kind of dispenser you store the coffee base in? I’ve had PW’s dispenser in my head and bought something similar at Target, but when I poured my steeped brew into it last night, it leaked out the spigot all over my counter …… Grrrrrrr!! You mentioned pitchers in your post – is that what you use? Just thinking of space issues …

  • annieseats

    Yep, just a pitcher.

  • Alexis Leonard

    Made this for my husband today. It was a big hit. I don’t drink coffee so I have to take his word for it. I think I’ll try the chocolate syrup on ice-cream :)

  • Margaret Filler

    I cold brew my coffee in a 2-qt ball jar…and strain it into 2 quart jars. I simplified my method.
    First I strain the coffee through a fine strainer…then strain it again through cheesecloth folded over the strainer. It is so much faster this way. I sometimes use the International Creamer. I love iced coffee.

  • Heather Ensor

    I have found using unbleached coffee filters is the best way to make sure all the grounds get filtered out, plus they are much cheaper than cheesecloth.

  • Lynn

    Hi! I just tried to make this using 12oz of ground coffee and 14 cups of cold water (3.5 quarts) and the coffee looks like dirty dishwater. Any ideas where I went wrong? I used a name brand coffee. Thank you!

  • annieseats

    I’m not sure exactly what you mean by dirty dishwater – like it wasn’t brewed enough? By my calculation, if you used 12 oz. of coffee, you’d be making 75% the original recipe. So, you would need 24 cups of water (6 quarts). If you used 12 oz. to only 14 cups, I would think your coffee would be extra concentrated.

  • Lynn

    Sorry, I misspoke. I used 8oz of coffee grounds. The coffee ended up looking like iced tea. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to respond!

  • annieseats

    I’m really not sure what would have gone wrong then! It sounds like you used correct proportions. And it was definitely ground coffee (i.e. not instant coffee granules)? I am very perplexed by this.

  • Cori

    Question – can I currently don’t have a cheese cloth, but I have several coffee filters – can I just use a filter??? Or should I purchase a cheese cloth? Where do I buy that??

  • annieseats

    Coffee filters should be fine, or I also often use paper towels to line the mesh sieve. It works just fine. Cheese cloth can be bought in most grocery stores, usually in the baking aisle.

  • Katie

    Annie, have you ever tried freezing the coffee base into cubes just for storage purposes? I’m wondering, if once defrosted, it would still taste the same? I’d love to make this large quantity, but I don’t think I’d get around to drinking it all fast enough out of the fridge. What do you think?

  • annieseats

    I haven’t, but I have heard of a lot of people doing that and recommending it. It’s worth a try :)

  • Deborah Spencer

    I tried this, while loving the coffee, I hated the time and mess straining the grounds made. I came up with a much simpler method! I use my french press!!
    I add 6 heaping measures of coffee, a pinch of salt and fill with cold water. I stir it to mix well and put the plunger in and push it down enough so that the grounds are submerged. Leave it till the next morning and then plunge the press down and pour out that beautiful black gold perfect for making ice coffee.

    I then clean out the french press and start all over again. EASY!

  • annieseats

    Yes, there are many, many ways to make iced coffee. The point of this method is not having to make more every day/every few days :)

  • Cara

    I don’t know why this recipe took me so long to make, but I am so happy I did! Such an easy, eco friendly DIY. :) Now, to conquer those flavored syrups.

  • annieseats

    Yay for you! This stuff is my lifeblood. And the syrups are pretty much as easy as the coffee so you will love them too!