As I think you may know, I've been searching high and low (and online) for alternatives to my very expensive, obsessive, addiction known as the Bux (Starbucks). Well, (of course) on Pinterest I found a recipe that I thought was different from the PW's recipe, but it's extremely similar. (It might be the same, but I want it to be different, so it is.)
After staying up late Friday night to play cards, I of course could not sleep in Saturday and woke up at 8am to get coffee to make the coffee (you with me?). Scouty and I went to the HT and got the supplies, then hit up the Starbucks to get the coffee. I may be trying to break my Starbucks habit, but baby steps, folks. Baby. Steps. Scout was disappointed she didn't get any coffee (She really loves it! We know this because we found her buzzed on caffeine a few too many times after getting into my mug on the coffee table. Guard your coffee carefully if you're at our house!), but I of course had to get one to emulate.
Anyhoo, here's the recipe that I did (I'm pretty sure it's exactly like Ree's except for the sweet cream part.):
*1 lb. coarse coffee grinds (I used Starbucks' new Iced Coffee, ground for french press.)
*1 gallon water (not hot)
*Something quite large to hold the two ingredients above (I re-used the gallon water jug.)
*Mesh strainer (the finer, the better)
*(Recommended) Another pitcher to pour back and forth with
*Mix together the coffee grinds and the water. Let it "steep" together on the counter overnight/twelve hours/as long as you can stand it. (I waited ten hours and gave up.)
*Strain the coffee/grinds through the cheesecloth on top of the strainer, into a pitcher. I did this 3 times roughly.
*Refrigerate the coffee. Most folks I see are calling this "concentrate," which I'm not sure why, because unless you add milk and sugar, you're not diluting it. They also say this gallon of coffee concentrate will last you a month. No it won't. :-D
While you're coffee is brewing, mix together 1 can of evaporated milk and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk. This is your "sweet cream" concoction. This is where a lot of the goodness comes from. Okay, all of the goodness. Now I like a little bit of coffee with my milk and sugar, so this recipe was right up my alley!
Here's the finished goody-goodness!
Sunday morning, I woke up SUPER early and could not wait to make this before church. Well, I did a 75% coffee to 25% sweet cream/milk ratio. This is where my recipe differs a bit, from the Pioneer Woman's and from the recipe on Pinterest. I added regular milk to mine in addition to the sweet cream. I didn't want to load up on the pure sugar from the sweet cream mixture, so I added the regular milk to help with the natural sweet creaminess I was going for. It worked! The only problem was I did not have near enough to get me through the morning. In fact, I'm pretty sure it was completely gone before we even hit the church parking lot. Sadness. But oh so good! I raved and raved and raved about it, and now all my friends think I'm crazy for coffee! (Which I am but I never want them to KNOW.)
Let me know if you try this. I love love love this and I did NOT go to Starbucks today for the first time in a L-O-N-G time.