Spring is here and with the warmer weather comes iced coffee! I love all the different takes on iced coffee – iced lattes, iced macchiato, iced cappuccinos, iced mochas. They are all delicious but can certainly add up when you’re buying them on a regular basis. What has also become increasingly popular is cold brew coffee, which is actually stronger than your typical espresso coffee because the coffee beans have to sit for so long to produce a high quality cold brew. Because of this process, cold brew coffee mimics the flavor of espresso coffee, so I decided to create my own recipe for an iced latte at home using cold brew coffee and a rich, flavored creamer so I could avoid adding flavored syrups.
We always have mason jars around our house because my husband makes his own fruit preserves and I love the whole farmhouse look of drinks poured inside a mason jar. I also found they are perfect for making iced coffee because I don’t have to measure a thing. Measurement marks are on conveniently on the outside of the jar so I can make my iced coffee without having to dirty a measuring cup or spoon. I’ve experimented with many, many brands of cold brew coffee. This one by Trader Joe’s is by far my favorite (not the organic one, this particular one – the organic one has a distinctly different flavor and I love the smooth finish of this one). It’s concentrated, which is so nice because you can make several iced coffees with just one bottle.
Again, I’ve tried so many non-dairy creamers. Of course a flavored dairy creamer would work fine in this recipe, but I avoid high fructose corn syrup and many dairy creamers have this in it. I personally don’t drink a lot of dairy so I played around with non-dairy options to discover my perfect blend. If you’re not a fan of almond or coconut milk, try to find a flavored creamer that is sweetened with real sugar. I like that this particular creamer is low calorie and the flavor is absolutely divine. Calafia also makes a fantastic unsweetened almond milk that we love to eat with cereal in the morning.
I explain my process below – scroll down to the end for the exact recipe and directions. Enjoy!
Homemade + Delicious Iced Latte
I start by pouring the coffee concentrate up to the 100 mark on the jar.
Then I add filtered water up to the 400 mark.
I add about ½ cup of ice – this is to your preference of course. Add as much ice as you like in your iced lattes.
Then I finish with the decadent creamer and fill it up to about the top of the rim.
Lastly, I dust with some ground cinnamon. Sometimes if I’m feeling extravagant I’ll swirl a cloud of whipped cream before and the cinnamon on top of that.
Mason Jar (NOTE: If you don’t have a mason jar, just remember the directions call for one part coffee concentrate to two parts filtered water).
Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
Calafia Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer (they also make a hazelnut flavor, which is also delicious but the vanilla is my favorite)
- 100 ml Coffee concentrate
- 300 ml Filtered water
- 2 tbsp Non-dairy vanilla creamer (to taste - add more or less to your preference)
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Pour the coffee concentrate up to the 200 mark on the jar. Add filtered water up to the 500 mark on the jar (or less water if you want your coffee a little stronger). Add about ½ cup of ice – again this is to your preference. Finish by slowly pouring the vanilla almond milk creamer until it reaches the rim of the jar and watch the marble look appear…I love this part! Sprinkle with some ground cinnamon to taste (optional). Add a straw and give a little stir. Enjoy slowly…this iced latte is best enjoyed when you take your time to really savor all the flavors.