A strong claim, I know. But it's really good and pretty easy!
This recipe has multiple steps that you can start days in advance. I always have 2 items on hand:
-Coffee Ice Cubes (Not necessary but makes it less watery)
-and Vanilla simple syrup. (Similar to the syrup they use at Starbucks!).
I always make extra coffee on Sunday mornings and pour the excess into ice cube trays.
The recipe for the vanilla simple syrup is below.
I usually anticipate that I am going to drink iced coffee several hours to a day ahead of time. That way, I have time to make a normal cup of coffee, and either sit it on the counter to cool or put in the fridge overnight:)
Once I am ready for the coffee, I start by putting several ice cubes in a cup, followed by about 1-2 tablespoons of the simple syrup.
Sometimes, I will add a squirt of this delicious caramel sauce. It is the closest I have ever found to the kind they use at Starbucks. I found this in Walmart in the coffee aisle. It just adds a tiny bit more sweetness!
After the optional caramel sauce, I pour in the coffee (not pictured). Now comes the good stuff.
What I love about iced coffee is you can drink it fast! Which means you can wake up even faster:)
A great outdoor space always helps too!
The Best Vanilla Iced Coffee
-Few cups of brewed coffee, chilled (however many cups you'd like)
-Several coffee ice cubes
-1-2 tbs Vanilla Simple Syrup (recipe below)
-Splash of Milk, creamer, or half & half
-Caramel sauce, optional
1.) Start with a cup mostly full of ice cubes. Pour in 1-2 tbs of simple syrup. Can increase/decrease depending on desired sweetness.
2.) Pour in chilled coffee, leaving room for creamer.
3.) Add creamer. Enjoy!
Vanilla Simple Syrup
1.) Add one cup of water and one cup of sugar to a saucepan. Bring to a light boil over medium-high heat.
2.) Once boiling, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
3.) Remove from heat. Once mixture has cooled, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir well.
4.) Store in refrigerator until ready for use.