With warmer days heading our way, I wanted to share a few iced coffee recipes I’ve been using that makes drinking coffee at home feel like a total treat!
Maybe you’re not on a stay-at-home-mom budget like I am, but if you are on a budget (or maybe just trying to cut back on unnecessary spending) and you’re a coffee drinker, this one’s for you.
For three years, I was a barista at the sweetest little local bakery, (shoutout to Stick Boy Bread Co. in Fuquay Varina, NC) to help curb my coffee addiction, and truly, just because I wanted to learn the skill and master latte art (still have a ways to go with the art). I was a full-time college student, and working at a coffee shop just felt like the appropriate thing to do.
I was secretly hoping that maybe if I drank enough coffee, I would eventually get sick of it, but that most certainly did not happen. Instead, I ashamedly admit, all it did was turn me into a bit of a “coffee snob.” Though my husband is content to drink his coffee black and straight from the pot, I, however, am a little more high-maintenance—as high-maintenance as one can be on a low budget. Ha!
So here are three recipes that allow you to cut the cost without cutting the enjoyment when it comes to your coffee.
Iced Honey Coffee:
Whether you have a coffee pot or a Keurig, your first step is to brew fresh coffee straight into a mason jar. After the coffee’s brewed, add a couple tablespoons of honey, then stir until the honey melts. Put the lid on and store it in the fridge overnight. Once the coffee has chilled in the fridge, you can serve it over ice. I usually add almond milk creamer and drizzle some honey over top of mine.
Iced Chai Coffee:
(This recipe requires using the ol’ coffee pot brewing method.)
You will need:
- 1 cup of ground coffee
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of cardamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon of ginger
- Unsweetened creamer
- Maple syrup
In the coffee filter, add your freshly ground coffee and spices, mix the ingredients, and then brew it. Once the brew is complete, pour it into a mason jar to chill in the fridge. Once it’s chilled, it’s ready to be poured over ice. This next step is optional but highly recommended: Add a little half & half and drizzle some maple syrup over top.
Caramel Coconut Iced Coffee:
You will need:
- 2 cups of chilled coffee
- 1 can of coconut milk (You should be able to find this in the oriental section of your local grocery store.)
- Caramel drizzle
Brew about two cups of coffee into a mason jar to chill in the fridge. Next, you will need to head to the stove. Add about 4 heaping tablespoons of coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of caramel to a small sauce pan. Once those two ingredients have come to a simmer, pour the mixture into a separate mason jar and let that chill in the refrigerator as well. When both the coffee and coconut milk have cooled, they can be poured over ice. I usually do about 3/4 coffee, 1/4 coconut milk, and of course, I top it off with caramel drizzle.