Back on track. I've learned over the last year how to make my own iced coffee that I love. I also love how much cheaper it is than buying espresso & how I don't have to get out of my pjs to get one. Here are my steps:
*First you need to cold brew some java. I like to use the Toddy Cold Brew System. Not too expensive & works like a dream. But if you don't have a Toddy you can also add a half pound of your favorite coffee (dark roast recommended) to 1 gallon of water. Giver 'er a good stir & then cover & let sit (brew) for eight hours or so. Strain through a few layers of cheesecloth & a colander. Now that you have your coffee concentrate prepared stick it in the fridge until it is very chilled (no one likes lukewarm iced coffee).
* Now, find yourself a glass. I like to throw in one tablespoon of chocolate sauce. Then add the coffee concentrate a little below half full (about 3 ounces). Mix the chocolate & coffee together. Add ice cold half & half almost to top (about 8 ounces). Give a good stir, your almost done.
*Now you're ready to sit back & sip away. I suggest using a straw, it just makes it that much better. Enjoy.
Iced coffee is a great drink to serve at parties & BBQs as well. To make an entire pitcher just stick to the same quantities- a little less than 1/2 a pitcher of coffee concentrate, rest of the way with half & half & then ice to top it off. Add flavor (like chocolate) as desired.