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The (Really Good) Iced Coffee Recipe That's Fueled Me All Through Quarantine

Tried and true.

Coffee! I need to consume it daily. ☕️

Drinking iced coffee year-round

In pre-pandemic times, I'd grab an iced coffee every morning before hopping on the train for work — then re-up at the office again later in the day.

Living in Brooklyn, I'm lucky in that my neighborhood is packed with cafés and coffee shops — most of which serve really good coffee. Because of this, I never felt the need to purchase a coffee maker for my apartment.

But then quarantine hit.

So I quickly hit up Google and started searching for two things: 1) my favorite coffee brews that I’ve tasted over the years and 2) a solid percolator.

my body: WATER please I need it me: you - you want iced coffee??

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Brews: I ordered a few and prepared for a bit of trial and error. But I didn’t even make it beyond the first round — with Cafe Du Monde's Coffee and Chicory ($7 on Amazon) — before I found my new at-home fave. The chicory adds a smooth, creamy texture to the rich, chocolaty base, and it makes for an amazing cup of coffee, cold or hot.

For percolators, I landed on one similar to this Hamilton Beach version, which had good reviews, a decent price point, and a sleek design that went with the rest of my kitchen.

After some tinkering, I landed on a recipe that I've been drinking each morning for the last several months — and I wanted to share it!

Because in ~these times~ when we're all looking for little ways to make our at-home lives a bit easier, cheaper, or better in some way — I'm happy to say that my new coffee routine has done all of the above for me. 😊

Now the recipe. ✨ Since the coffee needs time to chill, I'll actually make everything the night before — so it's all ready for me in the morning. Here's how:

First I brew a full pot of extra-strong coffee. I’ll typically do 12 tablespoons (or ¾ cup) coffee to 10 cups water:

Canister of Cafe Du Monde coffee and a Hamilton Beach coffee percolator

While that’s going, I'll make vanilla simple syrup. I only need to do this once a week — but here's how, just to show:

Sugar, water, and vanilla extract to make simple syrup.

After the coffee and syrup have cooled, I'll pour both into containers and refrigerate them overnight.

I'll also save some coffee to make frozen coffee cubes. It's the best way to chill future drinks without watering them down. And caffeine cubes >>> ice cubes.

In the morning, everything's all set. Just need to pour in the coffee and cubes:

And any extras:

Then just mix it up and start your day. Cheers!

What's something (big or small) that's made your at-home routine a bit easier, better, or cheaper in some way? Tell me in the comments!