I admit it. I'm a coffee snob.
I use to be a diehard Starbucks fan, but as I've learned the art of coffee (yes, it is an art) I came to realize I can make my favorites at home for a fraction of the cost and it got harder and harder to shell out $5.00 for the stuff. Besides, I like my stuff better now.
Iced coffee keeps me going through the hot summer months. I'll often make a pitcher and keep it in the fridge to sip on over a couple of days...unless my kids find it and then it's all over.
World's Best Iced Coffee
2 cups strong coffee
1/4-1/3 cup half and half (depends on how strong a coffee taste you prefer)
2-3 T sugar or your favorite sugar substitute
chocolate syrup to taste OR you can make a bit of chocolate ganache (see recipe below) for an incredibly decadent treat!
Blend all ingredients for a few seconds until frothy.
Drizzle the inside edges of your glass with a bit of chocolate syrup or ganache. Carefully add ice and coffee.
Top with homemade whipping cream and a few chocolate shavings for an amazing summertime (or anytime!) treat!
* To make chocolate ganache, melt a handful of chocolate chips with a few drops of heavy whipping cream or butter to form a nice thick sauce to add to your coffee.
* For homemade whipping cream, beat heavy cream, powdered sugar to taste and a dash of vanilla in a mixer or Magic Bullet until stiff peaks form. You will never allow Cool Whip to pass your lips again after trying the real deal.
Iced coffee is best enjoyed with a friend. Or on the front porch. Or with a good book.
How do you enjoy your iced coffee?