Looking to learn how to make iced coffee at home? Today is the first day of summer and nothing says summer’s to me like the switch from hot to iced coffee.
Have you seen the most recent Tim Horton’s™ commercials (the one with the red canoe on the roof of the car parked at Tim’s)? Well that was filmed at my local Tim’s here in Muskoka. I drove by when they were filming it and learned that it takes a whole lot of people and equipment to make a Tim’s commercial!
I spend a lot of time at this particular Tim Horton’s™. I’m a regular in the drive-thru line, picking up a large double cream, 1 sugar in the winter and a large iced coffee in the summer. But I live 10 kms. from that store and sometimes, I just want to have an iced coffee at home without making the drive.
So I set out to figure out how to make Tim Horton’s™ style iced coffee at home. And by gosh, I think I’ve come pretty darned close! Here’s how …
Cook’s Notes for How to Make Iced Coffee at Home
You can play around with the proportions of coffee concentrate and water to taste, as well as the amount of added cream and milk. You may be surprised by the amount of sugar, but trust me, if you’re looking for a clone of TH, you’ll need that much.
How to Make Iced Coffee at Home
For the coffee concentrate:
- 32 oz (4 cups) cold water
- 1 cup ground coffee (good quality coffee- anything you'd brew up to drink hot)
For the Iced Coffee:
- 1/2 cup coffee concentrate
- 1/2 - 2/3 cup cold water
- 2 heaping teaspoons instant dissolving sugar (*see note below)
- 1/4 cup half and half cream (10%)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3-4 ice cubes
Make the coffee concentrate: Combine cold water and coffee grounds in a container. Stir to moisten all the grounds. Cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature to steep for 12-24 hours. Place a coffee filter into a wire strainer and strain, discarding grounds. Transfer coffee concentrate to a glass jar and refrigerate. It will keep for several weeks in the fridge (but it won't last that long ;)
To make an iced coffee: In a large glass, combine coffee concentrate, water, sugar, half and half and milk. Stir well. Add ice cubes and enjoy!
(Note: You can play around with the proportions of coffee concentrate to water, to taste. The 1/2 cup of water makes an iced coffee a little stronger but mellows out nicely as the ice melts. If you prefer it a little lighter, add the 2/3 cup of water or more from the start. The same goes for the added cream and milk. You can use as much or as little of both or either as you like, to your taste).
*Instant dissolving sugar is available in the sugar section of most grocery stores or at most Bulk Barns and is a special sugar that is made to dissolve easily in cold liquids.
Note that regular sugar will not dissolve in cold liquids, so can't be substituted as is. All is not lost though. Just make a simple syrup by bringing 1 cup water to a boil and adding 1 cup sugar and stirring until completely dissolved. Remove from heat, let cool and then store in a jar to add to your coffee as needed. (Can double or triple this recipe)