I've tried many at home recipes for iced coffee, all claiming to be the best ever. I have been sorely disappointed. Let me just say anything requiring a cheesecloth, 100 hrs of time invested and twice that many steps is NOT the best ever. It's a doggone pain in the butt. I thought, no wonder why it costs so much - and it's not really even comparable, taste wise, to something you buy at a gas station or in a bottle.
I let a friend figure it out for me:-) I finally got around to trying her version of the drink...again, claiming to be awesome...but this time, I almost believed it. Only 3 ingredients! I had them all in my cupboard. I didn't need to strain anything overnight with a cheesecloth. Amen.
After finally trying it - THIS ONE is the best ever. The taste is better than other at home versions I've tried. And it's so easy!! Gina does a great job with the how to steps on her blog. I'll sum up here. She made a "healthier" caffeine free version, by using skim milk and fat free sweetened condensed milk. I used what I had on hand, (caffeinated) Nescafe instant coffee, sweetened condensed milk and 1% milk.
I suggest making it once in a glass and tasting it, to make sure the flavour/ratios suit you, and then mass produce it, putting into mason jars, ready to go when you need them!
1 spoonful of instant coffee in glass (I used the larger "soup spoon" size spoon)
fill about 1/3 full of water, heat in microwave for 45 sec to 1 min to dissolve coffee
add 3 spoonfuls of sweetened condensed milk (same spoon as above)
fill with cold milk
stir/shake/enjoy! If drinking instantly, pour over ice. Otherwise, store in fridge until ready to drink. Either enjoy as is, or add ice!
I made one glass, was thrilled with it, and then made 6 more...so 1 can of sweetened condensed milk makes about 7 servings or so. Delicious!!
|putting them in jars allows for an easy shake 'n go system. Love it!|