Mason Jar Iced Coffee

Mason Jar Iced Coffee

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This recipe is unbelievably easy and so fantastic. I made this for our recent camping trip, but this will be my go-to iced coffee mix from now on.

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You simply take a quart-size Mason Jar, add ground coffee, brown sugar, cinnamon, and water, and refrigerate overnight. The next day, you strain the mixture and put it back into the jar. When ready to enjoy, pour over ice, add milk or cream, and sip to your coffee-loving-heart’s content. Store leftovers in the jar in the refrigerator. It’s that simple.

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For camping, I made two batches, strained them, and put the Mason jars straight into the ice chest. Then, throughout the weekend, whenever we needed a caffeinated pick-me-up, we just pulled out our iced coffee. When Pastor Alaska and Andy the Intern tried this for the first time at the campsite, they both said, “Wow. What’s in this? How did you do that?” It’s that surprising and that incredible… the secret is the smooth cold-brew method. And the brown sugar and cinnamon are pretty darn tasty, too. The perfect summer coffee treat.

Mason Jar Iced Coffee

Yield: 1 scant quart of iced coffee mix

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Recipe from Food 52

Ingredients

  • 2/3c ground coffee
  • 3T brown sugar (see notes)
  • 1t cinnamon
  • enough water to fill a quart-sized Mason jar

Instructions

  1. Add ground coffee, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the bottom of a quart-size Mason jar. Fill with water and stir well. Seal with a lid and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day, strain the coffee (paper towels, a few layers of cheesecloth in a fine mesh sieve/strainer or a coffee filter [I have the non-disposable kind] work great here). Rinse out the jar and return the strained coffee to the jar. Seal and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. For serving, fill a glass with ice. Pour coffee mix over ice and add milk or cream as desired. Serve.

Notes

I love my iced coffee sweet and with quite a bit of milk, so I actually used more than 3T brown sugar in my mix. Depending on how sweet you like your coffee and how much cream you intend to use, adjust the sugar level accordingly. This recipe as written makes a moderately sweet base.

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20 comments
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones

Making this now. YESSSS. This drink reminds me of Homer. 

Heather
Heather

I am more of a latte drinker, or as I like to say, I like a little coffee with my chocolate milk. Would this work for something like that?

Vicki O'Dell
Vicki O'Dell

I just found this on pinterest and I've got a batch in the fridge for tomorrow. I can't wait to try it!! Thank you for the recipe. :)

Heather Fyffe Dunham
Heather Fyffe Dunham

Question -- the words "coffee grounds" mean USED coffee grounds. But I would think that "ground coffee" is what would be needed for this recipe. Could you clarify? Does this really recycle used coffee grounds?

Jennifer Sonnichsen
Jennifer Sonnichsen

We've been making this all month, thanks for the fun idea. The paper towels/sieve method works perfectly, I put it over a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, and then it's easy to pour into our glasses with ice. :)

Savannah
Savannah

so coffee filter was definitely not a good idea for me on this one...I'll have to try a different method for straining?

natalie
natalie

I think I'll make this for our next picnic - love it!

Myfudo
Myfudo

This is definitely a summer treat for me...Thanks for sharing. I will never back out on coffee flavored drinks! ;)

Jenn and Seth
Jenn and Seth

i love love love this idea - trying this soon!

Steven
Steven

I love that rocks glass you have, I'm curious where did you get it?

Laura Davis
Laura Davis

A cold brew is the best for iced coffee. I'm actually enjoying a glass right now! The Mason jar idea is brilliant. Will definitely be doing that for our morning beach trips this summer.

Jason Evoy
Jason Evoy

This is so extremely delicious... I can drink jars and jars of it!

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

LOL! I like a little coffee with my creamer as well. You can add as much or as little cream/milk as you need to get this to your liking. You may need to play around a bit with the amount of sugar you put in your mix to get it to the right ratio for you. If you really do plan to use chocolate milk or make a mocha out of it, it would probably end up tasting like a Mexican mocha with the cinnamon and brown sugar mixed with the chocolate. Hope this helps!

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Thank you for your question. I have updated the recipe to indicate ground coffee to avoid any future confusion.

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Woohoo! Glad you've been enjoying lots of iced coffee this month. :) Isn't it just so tasty? Thanks for the feedback!

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Uh oh! Sorry to hear that. Try a couple of layers of paper towels or a few layers of cheesecloth in a fine mesh sieve/strainer. Hope this helps!

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Uh oh! Sorry to hear that. Try a couple of layers of paper towels or a few layers of cheesecloth. Hope this helps!

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Thanks, Steven! That set of glasses was a gift and unfortunately I don't know where they were purchased (here in Alaska somewhere).

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Laura, I completely agree about the cold brew. YUM! And I'm very pleased to hear you like the Mason jar idea. So easy. Enjoy!

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