Coffee…. mmmmmmm. That smooth black elixir of life. Nectar of the gods. The wonderful magic liquid that awakens mombies (mom zombies) and gives them hope for a new day of sunshine and rainbows. I love it all. I love hot coffee, fancy coffee, and iced coffee. And more recently, cold brew coffee.
I’m not usually one to try new things. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? I am a creature of habit, I like doing the same things, and too much newness has been known to give me anxiety.
So I don’t usually branch out. BUT COFFEE. And then I kept seeing recipes and posts about it, and it convinced me.
In the summertime, I love having iced coffee. It’s cold, sweet, and perfect for the hot, humid days of North Carolina. But making iced coffee with hot coffee is gross.
I just can’t. It doesn’t work for me, it gets all watered down, and then I’m drinking too much water and not enough deliciousness and my whole routine gets thrown off. Sunshine and rainbows go out the window.
So maybe that’s a little dramatic, but you get the picture. So I attempted cold brew coffee, and y’all, it’s perfect for iced coffee. Just dilute it, add your milk and ice, and done. Sounds easy right?
It is! Cold brew coffee is pretty much the easiest way to make coffee, and it’s made in bulk so that it’s ready for multiple days. What if I made it even easier?
Cold Brew Coffee
- Quart jar filled with water
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup coffee grounds
That’s seriously all it takes. Put it together, shake it up and let it sit for 10 or so hours and then strain it into your jar of choice. You’ll have to adjust the strength for how strong you like your coffee, but that’s just trial and error.
Now, my husband and I drink a good bit of coffee, so I figured I needed to make several batches to save time (just like with my lemon water). I strained it into a gallon jug with a spout, and then topped it off with water.
Cold brew coffee is concentrated, so you want to make sure you dilute it before drinking it or you’ll get all jittery and hyped up (not that I have done that…). Once that’s done, you’ve got coffee on tap. Just fill your cup with ice, add the coffee from the spout, and add your milk.
It can also be heated if you like your coffee hot in the summertime (but honestly, who wants to drink something hot when it’s hot out?)
My next project is going to save a ton of time – coffee via IV (ha! totally kidding… kinda. Don’t judge).
This totally helps with giving me more time to ease into my day without actually having to prepare anything. I am not a morning person since my thyroid started getting all crazy.
You can even make this recipe with your mushroom coffee, which makes it not only delicious, but healthy!
What kinds of things do you do to save time and make things easier in the morning?
This was originally written in July 2016. It was updated in May 2018.