If you know me well enough, you know that I really like my coffee beverages. I make myself two lattes every morning.
**OK, I know that sounds bad, but here’s the deal…. each latte is 8oz of coffee, 4 oz of skim milk, and usually a 1/2 ounce of sugar-free Torani syrup in a variety of flavors = each cup of coffee only contains the natural sugars in milk, zero grams of fat, and about 55 calories.**
In the summer months sometimes I feel like I need a pick-me-up in the early afternoon and although a can of Coca-Cola sounds awful refreshing, I really don’t need the calories or sugar, or the bloating carbonation.
Last summer I made iced mochas every afternoon. I had completely forgotten about them until I found my tupperware container in the pantry earlier this week.
Here’s the trick on GOOD iced mocha’s:
The coffee must be cold brewed. You use a French Press. A BIG one. Measure out the appropriate amount of coffee grounds (2 scoops per 8oz of water) and add that to the French Press. Then add the appropriate amount of COLD water. Stir. Set the carafe someplace safe and out of the way so it can steep for 18-24 hours. The next day plunge the pot and pour the cold coffee into an air-tight container you can store in the fridge. Like my tupperware beverage container.
To make an iced mocha/latte:
Fill your glass 2/3 full of ice (I use a 20 oz cold beverage container)
Pour in 1/2 – 1 ounce of Torani sugar-free flavoring (chocolate, or coconut & chocolate, or caramel, or hazelnut, the possibilities are endless!)
Add milk (I like to use skim) leaving about 1.5″ from the top.
Top off with the cold-brewed coffee.
Stir gently, insert a straw, and enjoy!
The super strength cold coffee will last for weeks in the fridge with no change in flavor. I made one for a friend once and got rave reviews on how similar it tasted to a Starbucks iced coffee. Super easy, super cheap.