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Mid-Afternoon Pick Me Up

By: Amanda Magnus

I don’t know about you guys, but I love a warm cup of coffee in the morning. Sometimes I drink it black and sometimes I’ll add a little creamer. But I almost always top it with some homemade whipped cream! Side note about the whipped cream…Two Christmases ago, my husband asked his parents to take some of the money they would use to buy him gifts and use it to get me this whip cream maker. He knew it’s something I would love to have but never would have spent the money on myself. How sweet was that! Okay, enough gushing about my wonderful husband and back to the topic at hand…Coffee!

So, like I was saying, a warm cup of coffee is a must for me in the morning. There is something so comforting about it. Anyone else feel that way? It just gives me the boost I need to get going for the day. But what about when you hit that afternoon slump? You know, where you’re half way through the day and then you hit a wall and just want to take a nap after lunch. Well, a warm cup of coffee can sometimes help, but I don’t always feel like another warm drink the afternoon. Although with this cooler fall weather here in Wisconsin it does sometimes hit the spot!

Enter iced coffee! Now I’m not talking about an iced latte. For some reason I’ve just never loved those. I prefer my lattes hot. But iced coffee I can do! There are a few different methods to do iced coffee.

  1. Cold Brew – This method requires some planning ahead. You take your coffee grounds and add your water to a container with a cover. Then you let that sit for 24-48 hours, strain out the coffee grounds and enjoy! Here is a link to a cold brew recipe if you’re interested in this method.
  2. You can brew your coffee as usual and then just set in the refrigerator to cool. This is a great option if you prefer milder flavored coffee.
  3. Amanda’s Iced Coffee – This is my own recipe I came up with. It was some trial and error to figure out the best way to do it but it’s now my go to mid-afternoon pick me up.

So to make my iced coffee here is what you’ll need:

  • Coffee
  • Ice cube tray
  • Flavored syrup (optional)
  • Half and Half (optional)
  • Whip Cream (optional but why wouldn’t you want it?!)
Coffee ice cubes and my whip cream dispenser ready to go!

Okay, the first thing you’ll want to do is brew about a half pot of regular strength coffee. Once that has cooled a bit, pour into an ice cube tray and freeze. Yes, this does take some planning ahead, so be sure to make the coffee ice cubes ahead of time.

Once your ice cubes are set and you’re ready to make a glass of iced coffee, take 6 cubes and put them in a 12-14oz cup. Then add in some flavored syrup or sugar of your choice. I like to use Starbucks vanilla syrup but any flavored syrup will do. I do 3-4 pumps of syrup for a 12-14oz drink.

Next, brew some double strength coffee. I have a Ninja Coffee Bar so if you have one of these you can use the “specialty brew” button instead of brewing double strength coffee. Since I have the Ninja Coffee Bar, I put my glass with the ice cubes right under it to brew the hot coffee over my ice cubes. This allows the hot coffee to start to melt some of the regular coffee cubes. If you are brewing double strength coffee with a regular coffee pot just pour however much hot coffee you want over the ice cubes once it’s done.

Brewing my coffee over my coffee ice cubes.

The last thing I like to do is add a splash of half and half. Stir that up, top with some whipped cream and enjoy!

There are so many different things you could do to add flavor if you’re into flavored coffee drinks. Another great idea is to sprinkle some cinnamon in with the coffee grounds before you brew them….SO good!

Let us know if you try out the recipe and what you think. If you have a favorite iced coffee recipe or flavoring you use, let us know that too!

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