This cold brew iced coffee with milk and honey is a wonderful way to serve coffee to those who enjoy their java light and sweet. The coffee is brewed very strong, so it won’t taste watered down from the ice, honey, or milk. I promise you won’t miss the cream and sugar, either!
Cold brewed iced coffee is smooth, delicious, and bold. Because it’s never heated up, it doesn’t taste burned or bitter. And when whole milk and honey are added, you have a delicious, refreshing treat that’s free from refined sugar.
I usually drink my coffee black, but there’s something about iced coffee that just begs for some sweetness and creaminess. I love how milk and honey help lighten this up and provide a delicate nod to springtime flavors and aromas.
Why Cold Brew Coffee Is Superior for Iced Coffee
Nothing is more tragic than walking into a restaurant, ordering iced coffee, and having the server whip up an impromptu iced coffee by pouring hot coffee over ice. Talk about a cup full of watery, warm disappointment. Yuck. This is absolutely NOT that kind of iced coffee!
The beauty of the cold brew iced coffee is three-fold:
- It’s concentrated, so it’s stronger than your average coffee. This means when ice melts into it, or when you add ample amounts of milk (like in this recipe), the flavor won’t be diluted!
- It’s smooth, smooth, smooth. Hot coffee is acidic, and when it cools down and is exposed to too much oxygen, it becomes bitter. Cold brew coffee is brewed with cold water, so it’s never heated up.
- It’s 99.9% effort-free. It’s SO easy to do- it’s almost easier than setting up a pot of coffee to brew as you normally would.
How To Make Cold Brew Coffee
First, it’s very helpful to have a French press for this. If you don’t have one you can still make cold brew iced coffee- and I’ll explain how! But a French press is a nifty device to have around, not only for cold brew iced coffee but for some of the best tasting fresh coffee in the world.
When using a French press, you mix coffee grounds directly with water (this works with hot or cold coffee). Then after allowing the grounds to steep for a while, as with tea, you push the top of the press down, which is covered in a mesh sieve.
The coffee comes through the sieve and the grounds are pushed down, leaving you with the smoothest bold coffee ever. Mmmm. You can also just use a container or pitcher to soak the coffee grounds.
To Make Cold Brew Iced Coffee
Mix cold water and an ample amount of coffee grounds together and allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. You want more grounds than usual because you are making a coffee concentrate that is stronger than your average coffee.
When you are ready to serve, if using a French press, just press the grounds down and you are done! If you mixed the water and grounds in a container or jar, simply strain the coffee using a fine-mesh sieve, lined with cheesecloth or even a coffee filter, into another vessel.
How To Make Honey Simple Syrup Recipe
For a single serving: In the bottom of whatever glass you want to use for your iced coffee, add a bit of honey. Dilute it with a couple of tablespoons of warm water, stirring to dissolve. This will ensure the honey dissolves into the coffee.
For a batch of honey simple syrup: dissolve 1/4 cup of honey with 1/4 cup warm water. You can store this in your fridge for about 2 weeks. Then, use about 2 tablespoons of it per iced coffee.
Now Put It All Together
To make the milk and honey iced coffee, add 1 cup of the coffee concentrate to your glass, along with the honey simple syrup. Add ice, and top with 1/2 cup of whole milk, or more, depending on how creamy you want it.
Stir and enjoy!