“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… ”
I love that song, but Summertime is not always “easy” around here. If any of you are familiar with what I like to call the “Summer Scramble” raise your hand.
While there are certainly relaxing days, some weeks it seems like a shuffle to get everyone where they need to be and to coordinate schedules and so on. Throw in the Summer heat and we all move a wee bit slower around here.
You know I love my coffee and, in the Summer, I like it iced for a little pick-me-up. Some days I like to get a little decadent and make this Vietnamese style iced coffee because, yes. All kinds of deeelicious.
I recently tried the Seattle’s Best House Blend iced coffee recipe and it is the perfect base to create a ton of chilled coffee creations for these hot Summer days.
Making the iced coffee concentrate is easy and I’ve found it lasts for well over a week when tightly sealed in the fridge. Once you’ve made the concentrate, you can take it from there and add in your favorite flavored syrup or maybe a little cinnamon or whipped cream.
For this delicious Vietnamese style version, simply add 2-3 spoonfuls of sweetened condensed milk (so. good.) and a splash of cream. Stir it up and enjoy. Cute straws help too. 😉
If you live in the Southeast like me, you can pop into Publix because the Seattle’s Best House Blend is on sale right now for $4.99 through July 4th, 2014. Yeah, that is pretty much the cost of ONE fancy coffee drink at a coffee shop so snag that deal if you can.
The House Blend is rich and smooth so it is a fantastic base for your favorite iced coffee drinks. You can check out more recipes ideas over on the Seattle’s Best website as well.
While I may not be able to do anything about the hectic Summer schedules, I hope this recipe will help you stay a little bit cooler this Summer!
Thank you to Seattle’s Best for sponsoring this post. All opinions, and my undying love of coffee, are 100% my own.
- 2 1/2 cups cold water
- 1 1/2 cups ground coffee
- 1/3 cup coffee concentrate
- 2/3 cup International Delight Vanilla Iced Coffee
- 2-3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
- Pour grounds into a bowl.
- Add 1 cup cold water and stir gently.
- Slowly add remaining 1 1/2 cups cold water, agitating the grounds as little as possible.
- Cover, steep at room temperature for 12 hours or overnight.
- Strain the coffee grounds through a coffee filter or cheesecloth.
- Store concentrate in refrigerator up to one week.
- Over ice, add 1/3 cup (1 part) coffee concentrate to 2/3 cup (2 parts) Vanilla Iced Coffee.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk.
- Stir gently and serve.