Are you a coffee lover? Want to save money? Here is a simple recipe that combines both: great tasting coffee and a low price tag.
I love this iced coffee. I have one almost every day, usually after I get home from work (that might be because I get to be with my wife). Not too long after we got married, I showed Jenna how to make this drink. She ran with it and perfected the recipe. I think it tastes better than most places coffee because it has less sugar. You can acutally taste the coffee, not just a sickly sweetness. Also, we have pretty much quit drinking soda pop. So while this is not a “low calorie” drink, it is in many ways better than pop.
The pictured glass of coffee costs about 20 cents to make, which is huge savings when you consider what your average coffeehouse charges about $3 to $5 for a similar drink. In addition, it is healthier because it does not have as much sugar as a McDonald’s or Starbucks would add (unless you chose to add as much, of course).
Here’s some math (if you don’t like math skip to the recipe) for how much it cost to have an iced coffee five days a week for a year. One iced coffee, five days of the week at $3 is $780, and at $5 is $1,300. Yes, you read that correctly, $1,300 to enjoy an iced coffee five days a week for a year. Compared to 20 cents five days a week: $52. If you make iced coffee yourself you save between $728 and $1,248 per year.
So I ask myself if I really need a drive-thru iced coffee today? Nope, I will make my own and put the rest towards retirement, give it to missions, or spend it on that fancy, new thing-a-ma-bob I saw last week.
On to the recipe…
Ice Coffee Recipe
What you need:
A tall glass
2/3 Cup of 2% Milk
2 Tbls. Sugar
Your Favorite Coffee Syrup Flavoring, to taste (optional)
2 tsp. Instant Coffee (or regular coffee brewed at double strength)
1/2 C. Water
Plenty of Ice
Microwavable Measuring Cup
Fill the measuring cup with 1/2 cup. of water. Microwave and bring it to a simmer which would be about 2-3 minutes depending on the wattage of your microwave. While you are waiting for the water, start get the milk ready. Fill the drinking glass with 2/3 cup of milk. Add 2 teaspoons of sugar, more or less depending on your taste. Add a teaspoon of flavoring if you want. Stir those ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved. Add 4 ice cubes.
When the water has started to simmer take it out of the microwave and add in 1 or 2 teaspoons of instant coffee. If you want stronger coffee add about 1 teaspoon more. Stir the coffee and let it sit for a minute or two. Add ice until the liquid reaches the 1 cup mark and wait just a moment for the liquid to cool. Pour the coffee into the glass and stir until well blended. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your coffee!
Iced Coffee Options:
The sky’s the limit on variation but here are a few ideas. You can use any milk you want. Almond milk works well, but soy isn’t that great for this kind of drink in my opinion. Add a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream for a very smooth iced coffee. Or, to make it like a coffeehouse, use half and half instead of milk. If you do not like all the sweetness omit the sugar and syrup—it is possible to enjoy none sweet fru-fru coffee. You can make this as decadent or as plain Jane as you want.
We use a combination of granulated sugar and syrup as a cost saving measure. You can use all syrup if you want but this makes the iced coffee more expensive. We tend to only buy syrup on sale, if we don’t have any it’s no big deal. The syrup is really only for flavor, it is not meant to be the source of sweetness. We usually use caramel, vanilla, and hazelnut flavors. We like hazelnut the best. Occasionally, we (I mean Jen) will add Hershey’s Syrup for a mocha flavored coffee. Also, if you do not have instant coffee brew a cup of coffee twice as strong as usual instead.
Jen and I hope you savor this tasty way to enjoy coffee and save money.