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Yes, we know. It’s hot. Every day, we keep hearing the impending heat wave—we’re expecting one of the hottest summers this year. Looking for a chill pill? Then a cold-brewing cuppa coffee can be your saviour every morning and a cool friend to hang out with at any time of the day. Whether you want it strong, flavoured or made quickly, but above all cold, we have the recipe. Here’s how you can make the best cold coffee at home:

When you are pressed for time:
No, we aren’t recommending that you plunk ice cubes into a glass of hot coffee. Not at all. All you’ll end up doing is diluting your coffee with all that ice, thereby depriving you of caffeine nirvana. If you still want to commit the above-mentioned crime, at least brew your coffee 25-50% stronger than you normally would for hot coffee. Otherwise, you will end up with watered down, coffee-flavoured water instead.

We recommend that you brew coffee as per your usual method. Add the sugar when the java is hot, so that it dissolves completely. Pour this decoction into a large freezer bag, seal, and immediately submerge it in an ice bath. Chill for 10-15 minutes, until cool, replenishing ice as it melts. Then, pour the coffee into ice-filled glasses. Top with milk, if desired, and stir.

Tip 1: If you want a thicker consistency, you could also whip a regular java together with some whipped cream or sweetened condensed milk before you pour it into your glassful of ice.
Tip 2: Brew a cup of coffee one notch stronger than your usual and shake it cold in a cocktail shaker along with ice cubes and milk (if desired) for a frothy cold coffee.

When you have a few hours in hand:
Here’s the game changer: Coffee-flavoured ice cubes! Simply pour regular-brewed coffee or leftover mocha into an ice cube tray and let it sit in the freezer for 2-3 hours. Add these caffeinated ice cubes to your iced coffee cup, and as they melt, your drink stays rich and flavourful minus the unwelcome water.

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When you want to prepare your coffee the night before:
The best way to make cold coffee is easy—brew it overnight. This way, it’s majorly smooth and less acidic. A cold-brew coffee means it will take more time to make as you are using cold water and giving more time for the coffee grounds to steep, but the flavours will be on point. And this is how most of the coffeehouses around the world make their cold coffee. Make your cold-brewed coffee at home by mixing ground coffee with filtered water in a coffee brewing device (such as a French press or a regular filter) or a regular container with a lid. Make sure to stir it well, close the lid and then refrigerate it. This way, it will be steeped and chilled overnight. The next morning, it emerges from the refrigerator extra-cold and extra-strong. Take an ice-filled glass and fill halfway with your milk preference. Top it off with the concentrated cold brew coffee (Strain the grounds through cheesecloth or a coffee filter). Stir and you will get mellow, delicate flavours.

Tip 3: Get creative and spice up your cold coffee with cinnamon, cardamom, almond extracts or chicory; or flavour it with chocolate or caramel or sea salt. Delicious.

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