How To Use Coffee Ice Cubes to Up Your Coffee Game
When it comes to a warm summer day, what’s better than a nice, cool cup of iced coffee? A refreshing cup of coffee on a hot day can wake you up without overheating you.
However, as every iced coffee drinker knows, the worst part of an iced coffee is the bland, watery finish. By the time all your ice cubes are melted, your iced coffee may be more water than actual coffee. One easy trick to solve this is just to replace your ice cubes with coffee ice cubes!
How to Make Coffee Ice Cubes
For how great and easy of a trick this is, it doesn’t get nearly enough attention. After all, all you need to do to make the coffee ice cubes is pour coffee into a regular ice cube tray and leave it in the freezer for a few hours.
There are a few ways to do this, depending on your preferences. You could simply make more coffee than usual and use the leftover coffee to make ice cubes. You could also make a batch of coffee specifically for the ice cubes. Either way works.
Steps For Making Coffee Ice Cubes
- The first thing you’ll want to do is allow the coffee to cool off a bit after brewing. You can also just make cold brew coffee, which you could place immediately in the freezer. This is actually a better option than a hot brew, which can become a little bitter in the freezer.
- Once the coffee is at or just above room temperature, pour it into the ice cube tray.
- Leave the ice cube tray in the freezer and allow the coffee cubes to freeze until solid and Voilah, you have your very own homemade coffee ice cubes.
- Place a few of these in a cup of hot coffee and enjoy your iced coffee start to finish.
Coffee Ice Cube Variations
One of the fun parts about making coffee ice cubes is that you don't need to use just plain old coffee, there are plenty of unique ways you can make them to mix up your coffee routine. If you don't want your coffee cubes to overwhelm your coffee, feel free to mix the coffee with milk or cream before freezing it. Here are a few fun ways to spice up your coffee cube game:
Mocha Ice Cubes
If you’d rather not have that full extra kick from the coffee cubes, going with a nice mocha blend is a great way to do so while also adding a bit of sweetness. Just make sure you mix the ingredients before you the cubes are frozen!
- 6 oz hot coffee
- 5 tbsp cocoa powder or chocolate syrup
- 6 oz of milk
Caramel Macchiato Ice Cubes
If chocolate isn’t your thing, and you’d like to add that creamy caramel flavor, a caramel macchiato ice cube is the way to go.
- 6 oz hot coffee
- 1 oz of caramel
- 6 oz of milk
Japanese Kori Coffee
If you really want to mix up your coffee routine, Japanese Kori coffee is a really fun way to go. With Japanese Kori coffee, rather than using the coffee cubes to supplement your coffee, the frozen coffee cubes ARE your coffee. Your coffee drink will become stronger as the coffee cubes melt, not weaker--making for a unique coffee drinking experience.
- 6-8 oz of strongly brewed coffee, frozen into ice cubes (most ice cube trays make 1 oz cubes)
- ~8 oz of milk
- 1-3 Tbsp of your favorite sweetener (sugar, cocoa powder, stevia)
How to Make Japanese Kori Coffee:
- If you plan on using sweetener, heat up the milk a bit first and mix the sweetener in before adding the coffee cubes.
- Pour the milk over the coffee cubes.
If you really want to spice things up, there are a ton of ingredients you can add to your coffee cubes before freezing them:
- Cayenne Powder
- Mint Leaves
- Salt (helps decrease bitterness)
- Lemon or Lime
- Coca Cola
- Coffee Liqueur (don’t go overboard or the cubes won’t freeze)
Adding frozen coffee cubes to your iced coffee is a great way to change up your coffee routine and stop having to worry about the gross coffee flavored water at the bottom of your cup. All it takes is a little planning beforehand.
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