I have never been a huge coffee drinker, I have enjoyed a cup here or there, but I never even owned a coffee maker.
But, like a lot of people…
I love Starbucks. My favorite is White Chocolate Mocha. I like it hot, iced, and even frappuccino.
Thankfully I don’t live near one and only get them a few times a year.
So when I saw this in a Target ad before Christmas I thought it would be a great gift for my parents to get my hubby. (Heck, I wasn’t going to give up my present for an appliance!)
It is wonderful we have really enjoyed trying many different recipes. As it turns out, my husband even uses it a lot more than me!
I started looking into the single cup coffee makers like Kuerig, but decided they were a bit pricey for my budget. Then I happened to be chatting up a Starbucks employee one day the she suggested a french press. I found one on sale at Macy’s and used one of their ever-popular 20% off coupons and got it for $12. I have been in love with it. In fact, I went from a once-in-awhile coffee drinker to a big ‘ol mug everyday kinda gal.
I also love to pour a little (ok, a ton!) of this into it-
Now that is it is summer and the mornings around here are already in the upper 80’s and upper 90’s by early afternoon, hot coffee doesn’t sound so wonderful. I have gotten accustomed to the caffeine though and do not want to switch to soda. So when I saw this and this on Pinterest I couldn’t wait to try it!
So after reading those two recipes here is what I did:
I put 8 cups of cold water into a glass pitcher. I added 2 cups of freshly course ground Starbucks coffee (I used one cup medium roast and one cup dark roast.) Stir, and keep in fridge overnight. I think I had mine in for about 16 hours before I got around to straining it. Then I used my french press to strain the grounds. (Much quicker than the filter method.)
I then filled two insulated cups about 1/3 full of the coffee, added ice until about an inch to the top and then I topped it off with my favorite creamer shown above. I gave them a stir and a little taste test and adjusted them just slightly with a little more coffee.
Then the kids and I headed to the “beauty parlor” so my mother-in-law could trim up the boy’s hair. She took one sip from her cup and declared it, “Delicious!” My father-in-law was also there so we bugged him until he finally consented and tried a sip. He liked it too. My middle kiddo loved it and I had to pry it away from him so he wouldn’t get to jacked up on caffeine!
I am also going to make some ice cubes out of it so the drinks don’t get diluted and they last longer!
Happy coffee drinking!