This past thursday was our FOURTH wedding anniversary! Drew surprised me with the perfect and most “me” flowers ever, we tried a fantastic little restaurant on Magnolia Street here in Fort Worth, and then sat at a perfect little independent coffee shop for hours and talked.
And while we were there, Drew sipped on espresso and I had the barista recommended New Orleans style iced coffee. He told me what was in it, and after trying it, I knew I had to make my own.
Here’s how you do it:
1. You need to make simple syrup. You can buy this, but really, why would you? Mix equal parts water and sugar, and boil until the mixture becomes clear. I did about a half cup of each and it has made enough syrup for around 6-8 iced coffees. The syrup can be stored in a closed container in the fridge for around 1-2 weeks.
2. You guessed it: make coffee. I highly recommend making it in a french press, but then I always highly recommend making coffee in a french press. Without a filter, the oils from the coffee are allowed to mix with what you end up drinking, and it creates a much smoother, richer brew. But either way, make the coffee and allow to cool to room temperature (or help it along in the refrigerator).
3. Get out whatever sized glass you prefer and fill about 3/4 with ice.
4. Depending on how much coffee flavor you like you can either mix:
1/2 coffee, 1/2 milk, and a few tablespoons to taste of the simple syrup
OR, my favorite
3/4 coffee, 1/4 half and half with a few tablespoons to taste of the simple syrup
5. Mix it up, put a straw in it (because it taste better with a straw, obviously), and be thankful you’re inside in the air conditioning. And if you live in a climate where you can get away with no air conditioning (Southern Californians, you know who you are), then go outside and enjoy it for crying outloud!