Sure, you can’t go wrong with a hot cup of coffee. But sometimes a frosty cup of joe is exactly what you need!
Especially in the warmer months, many people find themselves wondering how to make iced coffee at home rather than waiting in long lines at a cafe. Skipping the coffee shop is also a great way to save some cash—those regular visits to your barista add up!
While leaving a glass of hot coffee in your fridge for hours is certainly an option for at-home iced coffee, the real challenge is finding a way to turn your piping hot beverage cold in just a few minutes. After all, you want to enjoy your iced coffee now—not later tonight!
The good news is you have several options for quickly cooling down your coffee. In today’s post, we’ll talk about three popular approaches, including a method for how to make iced coffee without ice!
Ice Ice Baby
This is the most obvious method for homemade iced coffee. All you need to do is fill a glass with plenty of ice cubes and then pour your hot coffee over the ice. You’ll want to make sure your cup of choice is made from borosilicate glass (a type of glass that can resist extreme temperature changes) so that your cup doesn’t crack on you!
After about a minute, your coffee should be nice and cool! The downside? The melted ice will substantially dilute the flavor of your chilled brew. To combat this, you can try creating iced cubes using coffee so that your drink’s flavor won’t be impacted by the ice’s melting.
Shake it up
Some people recommend using a cocktail shaker to rapidly cool down hot coffee. To try this method, you’ll want to fill a cocktail shake with ice, add your hot coffee, and shake for about 20 seconds before straining into your glass.
Removing the ice by straining helps to slightly reduce the amount of dilution that occurs, but we noticed our metal cocktail shaker got very hot when we initially poured in our coffee—so be careful not to burn yourself!
One of the quickest methods for rapidly cooling hot coffee is with the ZOKU Iced Coffee Maker. Instead of using ice, the Iced Coffee Maker features a super-chilled inner core that you’ll freeze the night before. After brewing your hot coffee (or tea!) all you need to do is pour in your beverage and wait about 7 minutes for it to completely chill.
We’re a bit biased, but we particularly love this method because no dilution occurs: Since ice isn’t involved in the process, your drink will be just as rich and flavorful as it was when brewed!To learn more about using the ZOKU Iced Coffee Maker, check out our detailed how-to.