…cold coffee, that is. As the temperatures rise outside, a hot cup of coffee just doesn’t seem right. I mean, would you eat ice cream on the ski slopes? Okay yeah, I probably would, especially if it had cookie dough in it, but you see my point! Instead, what you need is a refreshing cold-brewed cup of coffee laced with homemade vanilla syrup and a very generous splash of creamy milk. Simple, right?
First….you brew. Start with coarse ground coffee, add water, and let steep overnight. We use the Toddy system, which works great! Nothin’ fancy, just a reservoir with a filter folks. Then wah-lah…a canteen of fresh, unbelievably smooth coffee! (The cold-brewing method minimizes the acidity in the coffee.)
Next, you make the homemade vanilla syrup. Wait, don’t they sell that stuff in stores? Yes, they do! In fact, I found a bottle of vanilla Starbucks syrup in my cabinet from last year. But to my dismay, it had expired. So what’s a girl to do? Just make it yourself! (Or use the expired syrup, which my scientist husband said was probably okay since nothing can grow in that much sugar, but…gross.)
The recipe I used is as follows:
1 3/4 cup filtered water
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
Over medium heat, combine water + sugars and simmer for ~10 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture cool. Add vanilla. Voila!
Note: Be sure to use a good vanilla extract… that is, if you want a good flavor.
And finally, mix well! Syrup—Coffee—Milk—and shake, shake, shake! Trust me, it’s delish! And exactly what you need on a hot summer day.