There’s nothing I enjoy more than a cold, delicious Venti (yeah, I need a Venti of this stuff) Iced Coffee from Starbucks. But sometimes I don’t have the time (or, let’s be real, the money) to pick one of these bad boys up in the mornings, so I’m going to share with you how to make a Starbucks Iced Coffee Copycat at home, this is a cold pressed iced coffee recipe.
The trick to making the iced coffee is to cold press it, and then serve it with a simple syrup. Having a simple syrup is the smooth sweetness that compliments the coffee so well and because it is already a liquid, you won’t have any pesky sugar granules coming through the straw!
To me, a cold glass of iced coffee is the ‘cat’s meow.’
Out of curiosity, I looked up what the phrase ‘cat’s meow’ meant, and totally got a laugh out of Urban Dictionary’s use of it in a sentence ‘George, your zoot suit is quite the cat’s meow!’ aaahhhhahaha! I’m still going with it in this context ‘Phi, this iced coffee is the cat’s meow!’
And how perfect- this drink has less than 5 ingredients making it perfect for this week’s Five Ingredient Friday!
Starbucks Iced Coffee Copycat RecipePrint Rate
- 9 cups water divided
- 1 lb coffee
- 1 cup sugar
- For each cup of coffee
- 1/2 cup coffee concentrate 1/2 cup water, 1-2 tbs simple syrup, 1-2 tbs half and half
- Start by measuring out 8 cups of water, pour entire pound of coffee grounds on into the water, stir once and cover. Let sit for 24 hrs. After 24 hrs strain through coffee filter into a pitcher. Refrigerate for 8 hours and then your coffee is ready to enjoy! This makes a really strong 'concentrate' if you will.
- To make the simple syrup add equal parts water and sugar to a pot over medium heat. Heat until the sugar is dissolved and liquid is clear. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
- To make a cup of iced coffee fill a cup with ice, pour coffee over ice (add 1/2 cup water per 1/2 cup of concentrate as the coffee will be very strong) and add 1-2 tbs of the simple syrup or until desired sweetness level is reached. Next add a dash of half and half (or until desired cream level is reached) stir and enjoy!