Judging by my love of both pumpkin and lattes, you’d think I’d be all about some Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes.

But surprise, surprise, I’m not. I think they’re disgusting.

But let’s be clear. I love pumpkin.

And I really, really love lattes. Or anything coffee.

I make a lot of pumpkin things. I won’t bore you with anymore…just yet. But I will let you in on a little secret of mine.

Iced Coffee.
cold brewed iced coffee recipe

Fall is the perfect time of year for many reasons, one of which is the ability to be comfortable while wearing jeans and still drinking an iced coffee drink.

Only problem is, I don’t have a barista living in my kitchen.

Or do I?

The secrets to the perfect iced coffee:


Step 1. Cold brew coffee. It takes a little forethought, but so does driving to Starbucks.

cold brew coffee

I was always a little confused why Starbucks didn’t make decaf iced coffee, since they always have a pot of decaf sitting around anyways. This, my friends, is why. It’s a whole different animal- it’s a stronger brewed, less acidic-y coffee. {For the record, you can get a decaf iced Americano and it’s the same as a decaf iced coffee. I think it’s even 10 cents less.}

decaf coffee grounds

Update: you no longer need to hack cold-brew coffee. Try a cold-brew coffee maker!

Mix 1 1/3 cup coffee grounds with 8 cups cold water. Be sure to choose good coffee- crappy coffee grounds make even crappier iced coffee. {This is my favorite decaf coffee.} Stir and place in the fridge overnight.

cold brewing coffee

In the AM, straining the liquid out of the coffee grounds. I find it easiest to throw a coffee filter on top of a strainer and let it do it’s thing. Ok, I’ll be honest- I really hover over it and pick the coffee filter up and squeeze the liquid out because I’m rather inpatient.

how to cold brew coffee for iced coffee

cold brewed coffee

You can skip this next step, but I hear it’s all the rage. You want to be in on the trendy things, right? Winking smile


Step 2. Whip up some vegan sweetened condensed milk. I suppose you could also just crack a can of the pre-made stuff, but that’s awfully sugary for my liking. Apparently iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk {and even extra cream} is called Vietnamese iced coffee. Who knew?!

vegan sweetened condensed milk

Boil a can of coconut milk with a tablespoon or so of agave nectar. {More if you like it sweet- I don’t.} When the milk comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer or slight rolling boil, and let it cook away. Reduce the coconut milk by about half or two thirds. Remove from heat and chill.

homemade sweetened condensed milk


Step 3. Fill up your glass with ice cubes. Or, be sneaky like me, and make coffee ice cubes with leftover coffee. It makes it even less likely to get all watered down. {trays}

coffee ice cubes


ice coffee ice cubes


Step 4. Pour in your cold brewed coffee.

how to make iced coffee

Top with your homemade sweetened condensed milk. Adjust coffee-to-cream ratio per your liking. {This was probably too much coffee.}

homemade iced coffee

vietnamese iced coffee

Stir, sip, and sit back and relax.

homemade ice coffee

easy iced coffee recipe

Good news is, you only have to go through the whole process occasionally- you’ll have enough cold brewed coffee and sweetened condensed coconut milk to last you a few glasses. You can always make extra up front too. {Or just use milk or cream.}

creamy iced coffee

{A sippy straw is, of course, completely necessary.Winking smile}



On a side note, find out what it’s like being 21 weeks pregnant.