Coffee. It’s the lifeblood of the morning (and sometimes evening and afternoon). The smell alone perks me up (yes, that Folgers commercial comes to mind and yes, I do get that look when I take my first sip). Coffee is a lifestyle. I remember back in my high school days, before I liked the taste of coffee, a handful of my “cool” friends were frequenting the bohemian coffee shops, not only for a great cup of joe but also for the great company.
After our honeymoon in Italy I have made it my mission to get the flavor of Italian coffee in our house. So, believe me when I tell you that Peet’s Coffee’s Italian Roast, when made a little strong, gets the job near close to done.
And now, Stacey has taken it a step further. I don’t normally enjoy an iced coffee but Stacey’s idea of making these chocolate and vanilla bean ice cubes makes it fun and tasty. You can read how to make them below. A simple idea that has turned my coffee obsession into a dessert obsession. Ultimately, you can make your own flavors and stick them in your freezer to call on when the iced coffee urge creeps in.
Ice Iced Coffee (for two)
- 2 cups of milk (we use almond milk)
- Vanilla Bean
- 1 Cup sugar (we use raw sugar)
- Hot chocolate Mix
- 2 cups of milk (or almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk)
- Ice cube trays
- Coffee maker (french press)
Depending on your coffee intake make 4 oz to 8 oz per person. Set coffee aside. I left coffee to sit in the french press till it cooled down, also I made the coffee a tad stronger. To make vanilla ice, take the whole vanilla bean split it open scrape the inside, add the whole beans and insides, to two cups of milk, and 1 cup of sugar in medium sauce pan, on low heat, cook for about 8 minutes, whisking to break up any clumps. Strain with a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, then gently pour into ice-cube trays. Freeze for 8 hours. To make chocolate ice. Take your favorite hot chocolate mix, milk and cook at low temperature, whisking, remove from heat, allow to cool and pour into another tray. Again, freeze for 8 hours.
Your reserved coffee can now be added into a chilled glass with a few ice cubes, try adding both chocolate and vanilla for extra flavor and if you are feeling extra naughty, add fresh home-made whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa or cinnamon.
The vanilla ice would be delish in a chai iced coffee or green tea or maybe in an adult cocktail.
Good to the last sip!