Now THIS is a cup of coffee. Iced coffee served in a frosted beer mug.
Mmmmmmm. That's good.
I thought I posted my Iced Coffee recipe already, but I guess not. Here it is, for anyone interested. This is how they make it at Starbucks. (I have insider information!) However, I don't think I'm posting any trade secrets, because I saw instructions for making iced coffee on a big display in a Starbucks.
Lighter coffee roasts are best for iced coffee. My favorite is Starbucks Guatemala Antigua.
For each 2-quart (8 cup) pitcher, you want a measuring cup of beans or a measuring cup of ground coffee (they measure out the same - I've compared). Put your 1 Cup of ground coffee into your coffeemaker and fill the water to the 8-cup mark (this is the #8 on the machine water tank, not 8 measuring Cups of water). Brew the coffee.
Put a whole tray of ice into the pitcher, and pour the hot freshly brewed coffee over the ice. Yes, this will melt the ice. It may taste different if you let it cool and just add water - I follow the method from my source. Stir till ice is melted. Then, add water to the bottom of the pouring spout (in other words, fill the pitcher). Chill the coffee.
To prepare a cup, it is best if you have a mixed-drink shaker with a strainer. I have had it stirred and I have had it shaken, and it makes a taste difference when shaken. My source also worked at Seattle's Best Coffee where they shook all their iced drinks, like bartenders, tossing the metal cups and catching them. Starbucks bought out SBC a few years ago. (And suddenly Starbucks beans got better!)
I like it with Half & Half, but for an Iced Au Lait:
Measure 3/4 Cup iced coffee and 3/4 Cup milk. I like equal amounts milk and coffee (and I use 2% milk) - and this amount fits perfectly into an insulated To Go cup. Also, a metal To Go cup keeps it colder than a plastic one.
Put an ice cube or two into your To Go cup, and 2 ice cubes into your drink shaker. Measure coffee and milk - I use a separate tall measuring cup for liquids, then pour it into the drink shaker. Cover and shake! shake! shake! the iced coffee till it's good and cold. This is why SBC shook their iced drinks, rather than just the sloshing mix Starbucks gives you. One of my sisters hated getting an iced mocha from Starbucks that was warm at the bottom. Shaking with ice really chills it thoroughly, and you get frothy creaminess on top. Pour into cup or chilled beer mug (!) and Enjoy!
So - like my ultra-frizzy Roseanne Roseannadanna hair? It's so crazy when it dries naturally. Actually, it's crazy when I blow it dry, too - I can't do anything with it. And it's getting more kinky as I get older! Individual hairs are bent and kinky! Crazy! But nobody can cut it short so that it looks decent. Bah.
So, failing in my quest to get pictures of the Little Fuzzies at the bus stop (ducklings - they weren't out), about the only thing worth a picture on my way to work were Irises:
I also took some pix of a building I missed last time. This building looks like the red brick was whitewashed, which wore off over time, making it look almost pink.