Get Creative with A Classic summer beverage
Posted: July 8, 2012 at 6 a.m.
It’s summertime and there’s no better time to enjoy those treats that evoke the season. From state fair favorites like funnel cake and corn dogs to iced refreshments to cool you off on a hot day, delicious treats abound this time of year.
For coffee drinkers, summer is the perfect time to enjoy chilled java. Here’s an easy way to make cold-brewed iced coffee at home:
1 1/2 cups (4 oz.) coarsely-ground coffee; a lighter roast is recom- mended for cold brewing
2 1/2 cups water
Add 1/2 cup water to the grounds, stirring gently.
Add the remaining 2 cups wa- ter, agitating the grounds as little as possible.
Cover and let steep at room tem- perature for 12 hours.
Strain the coffee grounds with a filter. If the coffee looks cloudy, strain again.
using it within a week is recom- mended.
To serve, add 1 part coffee con- centrate to 3 parts water over ice.
* Now that you’ve mastered the
basics, consider kicking it up a notch and giving your summer cup of coffee a bit of flair.
TV chef Jeff Mauro and Seattle’s Best Coffee are hosting the Red Cup Showdown, a coast-to-coast search at state fairs and on Face- book to find the most imaginative new coffee drink.
Mauro encourages coffee lov- ers to submit their creations for a chance to win $10,000 and have their drink featured at Seattle’s Best Coffee locations nationwide.
“From chicken-fried bacon to red velvet funnel cake, state fairs are a hotbed of cooking creativity,” Mauro said. “I can’t wait to meet some great people and see what they bring to the table for the Red Cup Showdown.”
Here is a great recipe from Mau- ro for a bit of inspiration:
Chocolate Cream Cookie Sandwich Iced Coffee
1 1/2 cups of vanilla-flavored Se- attle’s Best Coffee, cold-brewed per the instructions above
1/4 cup Half-and-Half 1 tbsp. chocolate syrup 2 tbsp. sweetened condensed
milk Whipped cream 8 chocolate cream sandwich
cookies, pounded in a freezer bag In a large bowl or measuring cup, place coffee, Half-and-Half, chocolate syrup and condensed milk. Whisk until combined. In a canning jar, pour over ice and top with whipped cream and crushed
* Now get into the kitchen and
make your dream brew a reality. With inventive ingredients and a bit of imagination, a regular cup of coffee can be transformed into something delicious.