How to How to Make Iced Coffee in an Electric Coffee Maker

Hot coffee is absolutely wonderful on chilly mornings, but there are definitely times when you really don’t feel like drinking something that hot.  During the summer, people’s cravings switch over to iced coffee, and it is the perfect thing for those warm afternoons.  While many people will just head over to the nearest coffee shop to pick up an iced coffee, you can easily make one yourself.  Here is what you need to know:

While nearly everybody knows how to make hot coffee in an electric coffee iced coffeemaker, few people actually make their own iced coffee.  It starts out the same way.  Just brew the coffee the same way that you always do.  Once you have some hot coffee, you then need to make it cold.  Before you make it cold however, you need to add whatever you like to sweeten or lighten it with.  If you want to add sugar, make sure you put it in when the coffee is still hot, since sugar added to cold coffee will just sit at the bottom without mixing.  You can add the cream or milk later if you want though.

What most people do next, (and the easiest way), is fill a glass up with ice and then pour the hot coffee into it.  Make sure that you use a full cup of ice, since the coffee will melt most of it.  While this method is enough to satisfy some people, what happens when you pour hot coffee over ice is that you end up with very watered-down coffee.

Fortunately, there is something you can do to fix this problem but it takes a little preparation.  The secret of making instant iced coffee that is strong is to use coffee ice cubes.  To do this, just make an extra couple of cups of coffee beforehand, let it sit until it cools down, and then pour it into an empty ice cube tray.  With coffee ice cubes in the freezer, all you need to do is fill a glass up with them, pour the hot coffee into it, and voila – great tasting iced coffee. Many times there is some leftover coffee in the pot anyways.  Just get into the habit of filling up the ice cube tray when you use it, and you should be good to go.

As you can see, making great tasting iced coffee isn’t all that hard after all.  If a simple cup of icy coffee is too boring for you, another thing to try is putting the coffee ice cubes into the blender with coffee, sweetener, and whatever else you want to add.  Some ideas are cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, or agave nectar as a sweetener.  The result will be a thick iced coffee shake.  The more coffee ice you put in the thicker it will be.