Side note: I began drinking coffee during a high school trip to Europe when I was sixteen. When I returned home and requested a coffee, my mom had not issue with it, but when I reached for the sugar, I got the look.
"If you're going to drink coffee in this house, you learn to drink it without sugar, or not at all."Tough? Yes - my mom had a reputation. She was also in the fitness industry, so it was her business to be healthy and in shape, so ours was a "healthy eating" household. In hindsight, I'm glad that she nipped sugar drink dependency in the bud, because I've not craved them since. Don't get me wrong - I supremely enjoy a Mocha Frapp from the biggest coffee house around - but I enjoy them as a "dessert-like" treat, not an everyday routine.
On to the coffee!
Instant-Gratification Hazelnut Iced Coffee (without Instant coffee)...
- Brew 12 cups of strong coffee (I used 14 heaping scoops of grinds, plus 1 tsp cinnamon on top of the grinds for flavor) or 4 cups if you don't want leftovers (see step #7)
- In 2 mason jars, pour approx. 1/4 cup milk (I used 3% which I had leftover from a dessert recipe)
- While coffee is brewing, heat the milk in the mason jar (I microwaved on HI for 30 seconds). It may seem counter-intuitive to heat the milk for iced coffee, but without the heat, the milk won't froth well.
- Once heated, froth the milk for 30 seconds.
Milk on the right has been warmed and frothed - it's worth the extra two steps!
- Once milk is frothy and coffee is brewed, add one shot of hazelnut liqueur (I used Frangelico, something like Bailey's would also work well)
Frothy milk, a touch of liqueur, this coffee is going places!
- Add as much ice as you'd like (I filled half the jar) and slowly pour the hot coffee over top. Add a straw and enjoy!!
- With the leftover coffee, make those coffee ice cubes for next time!
|The final product: hazelnut iced coffee perfect for a hot summer's day |
(without busting the calorie bank!)
The result is a coffee that's cool, not-too-sweet and not-too-creamy or heavy for a hot afternoon.
P.S. A good friend of mine road-tested several milk frothers before settling on one, and I bought it for myself with her recommendation (she's an Italian who is pretty serious about her coffee...) I find it quicker to use than the whisk-type. It's called a Smart Cafe, and my Canadian friends - I bought it at Linen Chest (of all places...)