First things first, you need coffee. If you are making Iced Coffee, you need coffee brewed at double strength. The suggested proportions for normal coffee are 1 TBS of ground coffee for every 6 oz of water, so if you are brewing double strength you want 2 TBS of ground coffee for every 6 oz of water. If you have a coffee machine, use it. I am mostly happy just using my french press. Pour the grounds in the bottom, add boiling water, set for 4 minutes and then push the plunger down.
While that is brewing you need to make a simple syrup. As you probably know, sugar does not mix into cold drinks so well and so you need to make it into a syrup to get it mix properly. All you need is sugar, water and possibly some vanilla. I am not sure what the exact proportions should be but I just added some sugar and then a little water to get it liquidy. Really technical here, I know. Cook that until all the sugar is dissolved and remove from heat.
As soon as that is ready it is time to assemble everything. You will need:
I spooned some of the simple syrup into a little dish to help it cool off a bit.
First you want to fill your glass to the top with ice.
Then you want to pour in the syrup.
Next, you want to pour in the coffee.
You want to fill the cup about 3/4 of the way full (if you had espresso you would use less but since coffee even at double strength isn't as strong you need a bit more).
Next you want to give it a good stir. The key here is to get the coffee cooled down so that when you add the milk it doesn't get warm and, I hate the imagery of this word, coagulated.
The ice will melt a little which is exactly why we brew the coffee at double strength. (Side note here: If you are going to refrigerate the remaining coffee and use it at a later time to make more iced coffee, make sure you heat the coffee back up prior to assembling or else you will have a seriously strong drink. Or maybe that's your thing and you should try it. Who am I to judge?) Anyway, back to the drink at hand. Next you want to fill the cup to the top with soy milk.
This is my favorite part. Look how pretty it all looks.
The final step is to give it one last stir and pop a straw in it.
And there you have it. Iced coffee to rival that of any coffee house and at what I am sure is a fraction of the price. I hope you all enjoyed this as I think it may have been my first real procedure post. I never quite understood how much work it is to put one of these together. Please let me know if you try this!