Mamas love their coffee. They NEED their coffee. For sanity, for energy, and just because it tastes good!

I have always been a coffee drinker. A HOT coffee drinker. I think I started drinking it when I worked at that 24 hour breakfast restaurant for my future father-in-law when I was a teenager, and have been hooked ever since.

I thought that cold coffee was nasty. Even when it became cool to drink iced coffee, I did not care for it one bit. 

I do have to tell you that I think my grandmother invented iced coffee a LONG time ago. I would spend summers with her in Miami. She would brew her pot of coffee, and she would always have some leftover. She would pour it into a jelly jar and place in the fridge. At 4 o’clock after her 2 hours of soaps were over, she would get up, put on her apron and pull her jar from the fridge. She plopped a couple of ice cubes and squeezed a couple of drops of saccharin in, stirred it up, and enjoyed her iced coffee on those hot Miami afternoons. I miss my sweet grandma.

But I digress. Fast forward to today. I LOVE iced coffee. It is like grownup chocolate milk. I could drink it by the gallon. Of course that is not really possible as I would be broke from giving Starbucks all my money, and even fluffier than I am now.

I found some alternatives to buying from Starbucks all the time.

 

 

First I found these, bottled Coffee Frappuccino. I love that these are available at most gas stations, ice cold!  They also have vanilla and mocha, but coffee is by fave. Cost $2.79 at most gas stations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I found these, available at the grocery store. Usually around $5 for 6 packets. It is lightly sweetened, but you have to add your own milk (and I add more sugar too)

 

 

 

Since these were a little costly, I decided to see if I could come up with my own home version of Starbucks Iced Coffee/Frappuccino.

I tried just cooling some regular coffee and then icing it, but it watered down the coffee flavor. Below is the final process I came up with.

Supplies needed:

  • Coffee maker
  • ground coffee, caff or decaf, or a combination of the 2
  • sugar (or other sweetener)
  • milk or cream
  • a jar with a lid for storing brewed coffee
  • a cup with a lid 🙂

You will want to do this earlier in the day, or the night before, as you will not be able to drink it right after preparing.

1. Brew your coffee twice as strong as you normally would. I am currently using a small coffee pot because hubby broke my other carafe when we went camping. I have my eye on this 12 cup brushed stainless Cuisinart because my little 5 cup pot can’t keep up with me.

2.Let your strong coffee cool about an hour (and try to ignore the wonderful aroma in the air), then pour into a jar, or several jars and place in fridge for several hours, or even better overnight.

3. Get your cup with the lid. Fill between 1/3 to 1/2 with the cold, strong coffee.

4. Next add your milk. For me, I fill about 2/3 full.

5. Now for the sugar! My cup is 20 oz and I add 4 heaping spoons of sugar. Stir briskly to melt the sugar.

6. Fill the rest of the way with ice.

7. Put on your lid, give it a little swirl, just like they do at Starbucks, and ENJOY!

Cost breakdown                                     Calorie breakdown

.06 sugar                                                         80 calories -sugar

.06 milk                                                           60 calories -skim milk

.11 coffee                                                        coffee has no calories

.23 per 20 oz cup                                        140 calories per 20 oz cup

The 13.5 oz bottled Frappuccino costs $2.79 and has 270 calories.

Couple of notes:

You’ll have enough coffee from a full pot of coffee to make several cups of iced coffee.

You could always throw in the blender with the ice cubes to make it like a frozen cappuccino.

Adjust the sugar, coffee, and milk to your liking!

It tastes more like the bottled frap if I use whole milk, but we drink skim at home and I want to save the calories.

 I’d love to hear if you try this out yourself!