HOW TO MAKE COFFEE ICE CUBES: EASY RECIPE
The key to keeping your iced coffee or latte robust from the first sip to the last just might be in the ice cubes. Melting ice in cold coffee beverages can water down the flavor over time. But once you learn how to make coffee ice cubes, you can keep your favorite iced coffee cold and flavorful. Read on to learn a few tips and tricks on how to make coffee ice cubes.
COFFEE ICE CUBES RECIPE
You can use any type of brewed coffee to make coffee ice cubes. Cold brew is a great choice as there is no waiting for it to cool down. However, mixing in syrups or other flavorings may be easier with hot coffee. From extra strong espresso to a light-bodied drip or smooth cold brew, customize your coffee ice cubes to your taste. Follow the recipe below to make basic coffee ice cubes and elevate the flavors by experimenting with different variations.
12 ice cubes
Milk of choice, if desired
Sweetener, if desired
STEP 1: BREW COFFEE
You can’t have coffee ice cubes without coffee, so start by brewing a batch using your favorite method. Cold brew, drip and pour-over are all great methods to brew coffee for your ice cubes.
STEP 2: ADD MILK AND SWEETENERS
While the brewed coffee is still warm, add your favorite milk and sweeteners. Adding sweeteners when your coffee is still hot helps them to dissolve more easily. You can add almond milk, whole milk or oat milk, for example. Some sweetener options include agave, maple syrup, white sugar or even caramel. Plain milk or a flavored creamer will mix just fine with cold brew coffee.
STEP 3: POUR COFFEE INTO ICE MOLD
Once the coffee has cooled to room temperature, slowly pour it into the ice cube mold. A standard ice cube tray is perfect for this recipe, but you can also get creative with seasonal shapes. Try heart-shaped ice cubes for Valentine’s Day, pineapple shaped ice for your Hawaiian Iced Coffee or gem shaped ice cubes to add some cheeky elegance to any brew.
STEP 4: ALLOW CUBES TO FREEZE
Place the ice cube molds in the freezer for at least 4 to 5 hours, until frozen solid. You may want to cover the ice tray to prevent the absorption of other flavors or smells from your freezer.
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CAN I MAKE FLAVORED COFFEE ICE CUBES?
Flavored coffee ice cubes or coffee ice cubes with creamer are a great way to add something extra to your coffee or even gradually add flavor to a cup of black coffee as the cubes melt. Simply mix your favorite flavors, syrups, or milks into the coffee base before freezing. Some flavor variations for coffee ice cubes include caramel macchiato with a hint of caramel sauce and cream, mocha made by adding chocolate syrup or even hot cocoa mix and Vietnamese, which combines coffee and sweetened condensed milk. No matter what flavor you choose, coffee ice cubes can be a great finishing touch to your coffee bar creations.
CAN I USE COFFEE ICE CUBES IN RECIPES?
Coffee ice cubes are a delicious addition to recipes for milkshakes, protein shakes, shaved ice and more. Using the puck molds from your KitchenAid® Shave Ice Attachment, create coffee ice cubes that can be shaved over any dessert. Coffee ice cubes are a great base for recipes like Chocolate Strawberry Mochi Shave Ice and Caramel Crema with White Chocolate Crunch Shave Ice.
HOW LONG DO COFFEE ICE CUBES LAST?
Coffee ice cubes can usually be stored in the freezer for up to two weeks after you make them. Storing your ice cubes in a sealed freezer bag or container will help them last longer and combat evaporation. Storing them this way will also help keep them from taking on the flavors or scents of other foods stored near them in the freezer.
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