Iced Crac…I mean Coffee. Iced Coffee.

July 3, 2011 § 7 Comments

Thanks to my beautiful friend Lina and her recommendation to check out The Pioneer Woman (seriously, how had I not known about her earlier…?), I decided to try out one of her amazing posts on a fairly simple thing. Iced Coffee. And then I fell in love with her.

So why is it necessary to make a post about iced coffee?  Why not just brew some coffee and let it cool, add some ice and milk and sugar, and be done with it? Because then you probably won’t end up with this ridiculously addictive (as if coffee isn’t addictive enough already) amazing iced coffee that’s not diluted, perfectly sweet, and with that just-right amount of cream in the background.

I was a little intimidated with the sheer amount of coffee Ree made in her entry, so I halved it to a gallon and a half pound of coffee.  Which is almost all gone.  So yes, I understand why she made two gallons and I will surely do the same from now on. I also didn’t have any condensed milk on hand, so I made my own with some evaporated milk and sugar. 1 measure of evaporated milk to 1 1/4 measures of sugar. So for me, it was 1 cup of evaporated milk and 1 1/4 cups of sugar, melted together in a pot until just melted, and cooled and then refrigerated until I needed to use it.

This iced coffee is perfect.

Without further ado, here it is (preparation time: 8-12 hours/overnight):

The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Iced Coffee Recipe


  • 1 pound Ground Coffee (good, Rich Roast)
  • 8 quarts Cold Water
  • Half-and-half (healthy Splash Per Serving)
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk (2-3 Tablespoons Per Serving)
  • Note: Can Use Skim Milk, 2% Milk, Whole Milk, Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners, Syrups…adapt To Your Liking!

Preparation Instructions

(Adapted from Imbibe Magazine)

In a large container, mix ground coffee with water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight.

Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.

Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to cool. Use as needed.

To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass 2/3 full with coffee liquid. Add healthy splash of half-and-half. Add 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (can use plain sugar instead) and stir to combine. Taste and adjust half-and-half and/or sweetened condensed milk as needed.

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