Making iced coffee.

Having worked for Starbucks Coffee Company for 12 years, coffee is both an everyday staple and personal indulgence in our home.  In all forms...espresso, drip, press, [even] instant (did you know- Starbucks now offers instant?), bottled, liqueur...and iced.

Transitioning out of the fast-paced corporate world and into the equally fast-paced domestic one, over the past few years, has not been a purely smooth ride, but an absolute life changing journey that I've never regretted- not even for a tiny second.  Initially, I missed the simple pleasure of having a [FREE] coffee beverage anytime of the day.  Really missed the connection with others over a cup of coffee, or the much needed moment of quiet contemplation accompanying the sips.  Since regular trips to Starbucks were no longer free an "affordable luxury," I decided I had to create a little of the 'Starbucks world' that I missed the most, in my own home.  And let's be honest- The intermittent boosts of caffeine don't hurt... for tackling the never-ending dish washing, the constant laundry, and the funnest of them all- the toilet cleaning. 

Iced coffee is a summertime favorite.  A perfect afternoon treat to enjoy alone or with friends.  A huge hit at any birthday party, beach trip, or picnic.  And very simple to make:  1) Choose a coffee rich in flavor.  2) Brew coffee as you normally would (via a drip filter or a press), *but use twice the usual proportion of coffee to water (making it double-strength).  3) Fill a pitcher with ice cubes (cubes should be twice the volume of brewed coffee).  4) Pour finished hot coffee directly over the ice cubes (ice cubes will both chill and dilute coffee to the proper strength; only add ice to serving glassing when ready to drink).  See below for serving suggestions.

I like to drink iced coffee with vanilla infused simple syrup and milk.  It tastes great with cinnamon simple syrup as well.  Sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract is another option, that gives it a different, rich flavor.  If you don't have time to brew a batch of iced coffee, you could pour leftover coffee into an ice-cube tray, freeze, store in a freezer bag, and then use them to chill regular-strength coffee.

Vanilla Infused Simple Syrup

Makes 1 1/3 cup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 vanilla bean

Slice the vanilla bean in 1/2 lengthwise.  Add all ingredients to saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, until sugar has dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Strain syrup into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.


  1. Oh my goodness, you worked at Starbucks and had access to all those free beverages every day??? I'm jealous! I like to make iced coffee at home too, but yours looks so much better! I'll have to try the simple syrup sometime. Hope you had a nice weekend.


  2. iced coffee- my tip of the top favorite drink. Always perks me up no matter what. I love making it at home too, because you can buy the best beans and still save a fortune compared to buying out. though i do love coffee shops...
    xx, Jane

  3. Oh my goodness. I guess you were reading my mind this afternoon because a big- no- make that HUGE cup of iced coffee is exactly what I need! Sounds amazing! You are so good in the kitchen!

  4. mmm if only it weren't 1030 pm, i'd give this a try.

  5. i always wondered if ppl who worked there were coffee drinkers or pushing the pies, lose the sweet tooth? thanks for the recipe. never made ice coffee!

  6. This is such a great idea. You can save so much money doing this yourself. Looks delish.

    xo marcie

  7. Yuuuum - I'm totally going to try this!


  8. I am so excited for iced coffee season to start! It is my favorite and love to make it at home too....and i will definitely be trying this syrup recipe. I usually for the one pump so I can control this at home. xo

  9. Have you had Vietnamese French iced coffee?? Crack. Like crack. I grew up drinking that and even got Emily's parents and brother hooked for a bit--haha until I stopped giving them their supply


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