I’ve never been a huge coffee drinker, but the first few weeks of parenthood have me realizing that a jolt of caffeine in the morning will be a mandatory part of my day for the foreseeable future. (Hazel was awake from 3-5:30 this morning just hanging out… she wasn’t even fussy, she just felt like that would be the best time to be awake. How fun for mama.)
Since it’s summertime (and since it’s so delicious), I decided to do some research and figure out how to make the perfect iced coffee at home. I found that cold brewing seems to be the preferred technique and the trusty Pioneer Woman had this easy recipe, so I went for it. (Seriously, everything she posts is genius.)
After brewing my big batch of coffee using her recipe, I set out to give it the perfect sweet-but-not-too-sweet twist and here’s what I settled on:
1) Dump some ice cubes into a mason jar (or other 12-16 oz glass). Bigger ice cubes are preferred, since they take longer to melt and won’t water down your coffee. If you like it super strong, you can freeze coffee in an ice cube tray instead of water and add coffee cubes.
2) Pour your coffee to fill about 3/4 of the glass.
3) Add 1 generous tablespoon of caramel Torani syrup.
4) Top it off with half and half to taste.
5) Stir it up and enjoy cafe-worthy iced coffee every morning from the comfort of your own kitchen!
This simple recipe is super delicious and I can whip it up quick, even with a fussy baby in one hand, which means it gets the new mama stamp of approval :) Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!