Have you ever had perfect iced coffee? Unless you’ve tried Pioneer Woman’s cold brew, your answer is no.
On a recent yard sale adventure, a good friend of mine tried “the best iced coffee” she had ever tasted. A sale host was serving it as a special treat to all of her shoppers, probably in celebration of the weather here in North Carolina finally starting to feel like the warm, beautiful spring we all know and love. My friend didn’t have the opportunity to ask the host how she had prepared the coffee, so, she did the obvious thing and consulted Pioneer Woman’s recipes. What she found was, in fact, the best iced coffee that she (now, we) has/have ever tasted.
In short, all you do is put coffee grounds into room temperature water, let it sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours, strain out the grounds with cheese cloth, sweeten and add half and half, and then drink and feel amazing and extremely caffeinated. Specific directions (with measurements and all) can be found here.
Since the recipe makes so much, I was able to try to sweeten and cream my cold brew in several different ways. My favorite was just a little agave and organic half and half. Coming in second was coconut creamer, which was especially convenient since the sweet and cream is in one. For one of the best treats you have ever had in your life, make it vietnamese style as Pioneer Woman suggests in her post. I would have said that was my favorite way to prepare it, but the sick feeling I got after uncontrollably eating the remains of the sweetened condensed milk with a spoon is a state I never want to go back to (and probably would end up at since it is just too irresistible). I recommend not going down that road unless you have self control.