Iced Coffee with Cardamom Whipped CreamJuly 07, 2015
People who know me know I have a love/hate affair with coffee. I've been in a caffeïne-fueled affair since I was 17 and trying to quit it for two years now. There are many things I swore off, cold turkey, without a problem, but as it appears coffee isn't one of them. I might manage to go without coffee for one day, but on day #2 you better get out of my way; I'm almost as bad as people trying to quit smoking - and they can be really bad (come on smokers, you know it).
Now that summer is in full swing, I am not looking forward much to a hot cup of coffee. I usually stock up on supermarket bought Starbucks iced coffee's, but sometimes you need to ease down a bit on the spending; these coffees are rather pricy. So, why not make my own iced coffee, and a large batch at that!? Being Barista has always appealed to me, and now I can. Let's get started!
- 10 cups cold water
- 1 cup grinded Espresso beans
- Caramel flavoured coffee syrup, as much as you like
- Sweetened condensed milk, as much as you like. I used 3 tablespoons for a large glass
- Splash of whole milk
- ice cubes
- Optional: grated dark chocolate
- 1 cup cream
- 1 tablespoon Muscovado sugar (very dark brown sugar)
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of cardamom
When the time has passed grab the second container and place the sieve on top of it and add a cheese cloth or paper towel inside the strainer, slowly pour in the steeped coffee. Discard the dregs.
You can use the coffee in the same container, or you can pour it in to a pitcher.
Refrigerate the coffee so that it will be nice and cold. I like it réally cold so I let it stand in the fridge atleast an hour.
While waiting, you can make the cream! Add to the cream 1 tablespoon of muscovado sugar, cinnamon and cardamom and whip until it has a nice and thick consistency.
When you're ready to make the coffee, add to a glass some ice cubes and fill the glass up till ¾ with the coffee. Add the condensed milk, a splash of whole milk, coffee syrup and stir. You can even add some sugar if you like really sweet iced coffee, or you can add a pinch of celtic sea salt to bring out the flavors. The latter is one of my favorites.
Add a dollop of cardamom whipped cream and top with grated dark chocolate.