So today what I want to talk about is how I make a healthy iced coffee. Iced coffee can be made many different ways, the most common way being made with dairy milk, either 2% or whole milk usually. The problem is that there are many people out there that cannot drink dairy milk because of health reasons, usually a lactose intolerance. They need a different way to sweeten their coffee but one that won’t add unnecessary and processed sugar. There are other people that just don’t like the taste of dairy milk and this recipe is for them as well.
Step 1: Choose The Proper Glass
This may seem like a trivial step but let me tell you there are incorrect glasses for your iced coffee. For me I like to choose a very tall glass and one with a lid. This is because I think it is best to drink iced coffee through a straw. I think it is incorrect to drink iced coffee through a normal coffee mug because it is difficult to get the proper coffee to milk ratio in such a small vessel.
Step 2: Choose a Well Bodied Coffee and Brew
For this step it is critical that you choose a dark ground coffee. A light coffee, in my experience, will not taste very well with dairy since the dairy will overpower it. Once you’ve selected your coffee (I like Maxwell House for mine), put the grounds in the coffee maker and add your water. Once the coffee is done brewing let it sit for 30 minutes or so until it comes to room temperature.
Step 3: Choose Your Sweetened Adder
Here’s where your preference comes in. I usually will add 2% or whole milk but I tried something different recently that really has opened up my eyes. Coconut milk is very healthy and it tastes great in iced coffee. Coconut milk provides a light sweetness while not adding any processed sugars. To me it also makes you think of a tropical island when you drink it, but maybe that’s just me.
Step 4: Don’t Forget the Ice
This step can’t be forgotten. An iced coffee just isn’t the same without a handful of ice cubes. After all, the room temperature coffee will start to warm up your dairy and no one likes a room temperature iced coffee. Something I like to do is shake up the mixture just to speed up the cooling process. Make sure to cover the cup lid carefully so you aren’t wearing your iced coffee.
Step 5: Enjoy Your Creation
This is the most important step of all. Enjoy! I love taking that first sip and tasting the potency of the coffee. That’s the sensation that keeps you coming back for more. After all, what’s a better drink in the morning or during a day out in the sun?
Are there other ways that you enjoy having your iced coffee, please tell us about it so we can inform our readers. We’re always interested to know how others make their iced coffee.