Super-simple iced coffee

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Anyone who knows me well knows I am a sucker for a good coffee. Scratch that. Anyone who knows me even remotely knows I am a sucker for coffee!

I have always loved the smell of coffee; my father used to roast and grind his own coffee beans and the distinctive aroma spread throughout the family home on a regular basis. The only problem (and it was kind of a big one) was that the taste of coffee was far too bitter for me.

It wasn’t until about two years ago that I was encouraged by my husband to give coffee another shot while we were travelling in Italy. What better place to fall in love with this elixir and fall in love I did.

But as the days get warmer and with summer on the horizon having a hot coffee doesn’t always seem like the most appropriate option – but never fear, this is where iced coffees come into play.

The lovely iced coffee is a much underrated beverage option that seems to vary from cafe to cafe. Some come topped with more cream than a cream bun, while others are served with a simple syrup to sweeten to taste. Then there’s your iced coffees-on-the-go like the superb Farmers Union Iced Coffee. I love them all!

I decided to try making my own today and thought some coffee-lovers might appreciate the recipe for my super-simple iced coffee. Feel free to tweak, change and add as you see fit:

Ingredients per serve:

  • Coffee
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Milk
  • Ice cream or cream to serve (optional)

Method:

  • Prepare your ground coffee for your coffee machine. Put a teaspoon of sugar in the base of a cup and add in about three ice cubes. Pour an espresso shot over the sugar and ice mixture. Sit aside until the coffee is cool, but stir occasionally to ensure the sugar has melted.
  • Prepare the glass or cup you will serve your iced coffee in by adding three-four ice cubes. Fill the glass to about three-quarters with milk. Top with the chilled espresso mixture and stir through.
  • If you like your iced coffee sweet, feel free to add ice cream or cream to taste. You may also choose to add in some condensed milk in place of a portion of the milk.

So simple, so delicious, so perfect for summer.

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