Imagine this, you are sitting in your own house, and you have made yourself a warm cuppa and settled down in a cozy atmosphere. But the day is quite hot and a humid one at that. Suddenly you don’t feel like having a hot cup of coffee but rather a cold one. So Let’s see How to Make Iced Coffee from Hot Coffee?
Now, you neither want to go out nor do you want to waste this cup. Unfortunately, you did not put your coffee beans and cold water in the fridge last night. And who can blame you? It is not your fault that you didn’t know you would want a cup of cold joes. Am I right?
Let us think of another scenario; you are entertaining some work colleagues at your place. As a gracious host, you bring them hot coffee since you presume that they are tired after a long day of work.
But one of your guests suddenly lets you know that they were looking forward to a cold one. Now, what do you do? Do you just let them sit there without a drink, whereas everyone has one? Do you let the cup of coffee that you made for them go to waste?
Now, in both these situations, you will have to make do with what you have on hand. Trust me on this one; you are not the first person to face this type of problem. There are quite a lot of us who find themselves in similar situations.
Luckily for us, someone has already gotten a solution to a crisis of this sort. So, if you are wondering if you have the option to turn your hot cup of coffee into a cold one, well, you absolutely do!
What do you Need to Make Iced Coffee from Hot Coffee?
You might think that turning a hot cup of coffee into a cold one might be a tough nut to crack, but it is actually a straightforward task. It can be done with things quite within your reach. What you’re going to need are two heat-proof containers, a glass full of ice cubes, or if you mean business, a glass full of coffee cubes, and a spoon that is tall enough to reach the bottom of that glass.
Sounds simple enough, right? Well, these are just the essential ingredients that you will need through the process. You can use other ingredients to make the coffee better suited to your liking, such as cream, sugar, syrup, etc.
Getting Down to Business
Now, there is not only one way of turning a hot cup of coffee to a cold one but several. You can choose the one which suits your requirements better. Let us knock them off the list one by one. As said earlier, we will need two tall glasses and a jar full of ice for this transformation.
What we are going to do is, we are going to pour the hot brewed coffee into the glass full of ice and then pour it quickly into the second glass. Despite the heat, the ice will not melt immediately, so you do not have to worry about that. Next, we will pour the coffee back into the first glass or whatever container you are using from the second one.
Repeat the process a few times, and you can add some new ice to it after it has cooled down quite a bit. Voila! You now have a mug of iced coffee. You can add cream and sugar if you like to make your coffee a bit sweet. Just use a straw and sip away now. Enjoy!
Keep in mind that you should make the coffee extra strong if you are going to use regular ice cubes because the ice cubes will water down the coffee quite a bit. The simplest thing to remember about turning hot coffee into cold coffee is that it always boils down to one thing: Ice, and lots of it no matter what method you use.
Now, let us brew the coffee extra strong. You can do that by using the same amount of coffee ground; only use half the water. Clever, right? You will want to pour the cup of hot coffee over an ice-filled cup after you are done. The ice will gradually melt.
When the ice has stopped melting, you will need to transfer the iced coffee to another cup. Now, add a bunch of simple syrup if needed. A syrup serving should be good enough for one person unless you want to have a sugar rush with every sip. (Hey, we have all been there, so no judgment!)
Whipping up a batch of syrup for iced coffee is quite simple. What you will need is a half-cup of sugar, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and two tablespoons of half & half or more according to your tastes.
To make it, you need to combine sugar and a cup of water in a medium saucepan while keeping it over medium heat. You need to keep stirring until the sugar is dissolved. When the sugar is dissolved, you have to let it cool down completely and finally stir in the vanilla extract.
After all of these are done, you can serve the coffee over ice and half & half along with just simple syrup. And if you fancy a little extravaganza, add a little whipped Coffee cream and sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top of your iced coffee.
Taking a Stretch with Frappuccino
Now that you have gotten to this point, you now have made yourself a cup of iced coffee. What you can do now is either enjoy this tasty drink or go the extra mile and transform it into an even more flavorful drink. Yes, we are talking about making this cup of iced coffee into a delicious cup of Frappuccino.
Now, in this intriguing venture, you can follow different recipes for this one as well. What you can do is, you can follow these recipes and decide which one fits your liking the most.
For this, you already have the most crucial ingredient in your hand, the strong iced coffee. The other ingredients are a cup of low-fat milk, one-third of a cup of caramel sauce, and three tablespoons of white sugar. Once you have gathered all the ingredients, we can get down to the transformation process.
As your first task
You are going to blend the coffee, milk, sugar, and caramel sauce in a blender. Keep the blender on high settings until the drink is smooth. And there you have it, folks, a glass of creamy, delicious Frappuccino.
You can also add a variety of toppings such as cinnamon, whipped cream, chocolate powder, etc. You can reward yourself with whatever you want, go crazy! (Again, no judgment there!)
Now, if you love the first recipe, that is great. But if you’re still curious about the other recipes, keep reading because we still have some more intriguing ones right ahead.
This time around, we will use the iced coffee that we made earlier as the base. The other ingredients are milk, sweetener of your choice, and the optional toppings. What we have to do is easy. We will take the iced coffee, milk, and the sweetener and blend them all until it is smooth.
You can also add one or two shots of espresso if you want your drink to be healthy. Now that the drink is blended, pour it into a tall glass, and add whipped cream or chocolate syrup; the choice is yours. Putting in a straw always makes it look good and makes drinking your delicious drink very easy.
Iced Coffee vs. Hot Coffee
Now that we are masters at transforming hot coffee into an iced one, let us talk about which we should choose. We can have both as it is believed that coffee does you good. But while that is true to some extent, that is only when it is taken in moderation.
Well, what do the specialists say about this debate? It is believing amongst the general populace that iced coffee is the better of the two, but is it though? According to the specialists, there are two criteria upon which to base our judgment. They are the acidity factor and the antioxidant factor.
In terms of acidity, hot coffee tends to contain a higher concentration of acid than iced coffee. Hence, they have decided that iced coffee is less acidic than its warmer counterpart. And it is true; iced coffee seems to sit better with people owing to its lesser acidity than hot coffee.
On the other hand, there is an antioxidant factor. First, we need to know what antioxidants do. Our body is constantly being attacked by free ions and radicals that can damage vital molecules like DNA and proteins.
Antioxidants can effectively minimize the activity of free radicals and protect our body against not only many diseases but also aging. While the iced coffee does have its benefits, such as having a lower acidity than the hot coffee, it also releases a lesser amount of antioxidants than hot coffee.
So, if we get right down to it, there is no sure winner between the iced coffee and hot coffee. It mostly comes down to your tastes and what you prefer between the two.
The Origin Story
Remember earlier in the article how we mentioned that ‘someone’ invented the iced coffee and helped us out? Let us find out how iced coffee came to be and the story behind its existence.
If we look back through the pages of history, we can trace back the origins of the iced coffee to the 1800s, specifically to the year 1840. The French military invented the first iced coffee, and it was called Mazagran. It was during the battle of Mazagran and hence, the name.
The French army was battling the Arabian and Berber forces as a part of their 17-year long conquest of Algeria. It was during that battle when the French military ran out of milk provisions and had to improvise during that hot weather.
They were not only facing the Arabian and Berber troops, but they also had to combat the extreme heat and humid weather. After running out of milk, the French military added water to their coffee and decided to drink it cold to soothe themselves.
Later on, the Mazagran veterans suggested this recipe to the cafe owners of the area. Long story short, that watery mixture of coffee is now this excellent new drink that we are all so fond of!
So, the next time you think about iced coffee, be sure to thank the French people for it (hinting at French Fries and toasts too, but that’s a story for another time!)
Popular Varieties of Iced Coffee
While you do know how to make an excellent glass of regular iced coffee by now (congratulations on that), there are actually quite a few renditions of the drink. Let’s take a look at some of them.
There are endless possibilities of iced coffee combos out there for a coffee enthusiast, and your imagination is your limit. However, we will look at the selected few that have already made their name out there as popular variants.
Banana Milk Coffee
This combination is not only delicious but also very high in nutrition. In this delicacy, coffee with a very ripe banana, milk, and simple syrup. About 10 percent of each serving of this drink consists of protein.
Cappuccino on Ice
If we combine strong coffee with sweetened condensed milk, half and half, and a little bit of vanilla extract, we can obtain this delicious drink. While it does offer high calories, 11 percent of each delightful serving is protein.
Creamy Iced Coffee
Combine coffee with milk, a little sugar, and vanilla, half & half, plus creme de cacao, and you have a creamy iced coffee in your hands. Though low on proteins, it offers a small number of calories.
Iced Caramel Macchiato
It is a perfect balance of coffee, milk, caramel, and vanilla, which comes out as the best sweet and creamy summer drink consisting of several layers. It is also high in protein and calories.
Easy Iced Coffee
This is one of the easiest drinks to make, but nevertheless, it is very delicious. You can make this drink by shaking up instant coffee, water, and sugar in a sealable container. While it is nice and foamy, pour it over ice and fill with milk, and there you have it.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
This is a Southeastern Asian treat that we can whip up by mixing strong coffee with sweetened condensed milk and chilling that on ice. It is a very likable drink, even by those who only take their coffee black.
Chocolatey Iced Mocha
This drink will kick start your day with a sweet rush with the combination of cocoa, almond milk, and chocolate syrup. The almond milk gives this drink a smooth taste, but fortunately, this drink is not a diet disaster.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Iced Coffee
This is a super easy drink to make, which requires the ingredients any household usually has. And more importantly, the base ingredient is the iced coffee.
We can have this drink by blending the iced coffee with soy milk, a little peanut butter, chocolate syrup, and some vanilla extract. We can add no-calorie sweetener when the drink is frothy.
While this drink is high in calories and has very little protein to offer, it is easy to make. It just might be the pickup you are looking for.
Caramel Coconut Iced Coffee
By combining coffee with coconut milk, hot chocolate mix, sugar, and vanilla extract with ice blend, we get this delicacy. Do note, though, that this drink is rich in calories.
Summing it all up
While you are a master at making iced coffee now, please do take note that it is wise always to take coffee in moderation as it is technically a mixture of chemicals. Like every other thing in nature, it has its merits and demerits.
The FDA has an approved limit of coffee consumption per day, and it is advisable to follow that for a healthy diet. But do not fret. If you follow the FDA approved limit and drink accordingly, it will get you through the day, and your body can function correctly.
So, if you want to drink coffee, just do it in moderation. There is a saying that excess of anything is wrong. And the same goes for this extraordinary delicacy. Now that you know all these ways to make iced coffee, do it any way you want, enjoy it, savor it.
Telling you all these things about iced coffee has made us crave one. And, thanks to this article, we know just which one we want! So, we are going to go make one for ourselves now. Cheers!