“He took the brandy flask and poured out a glass of neat spirit, stiff enough to help anybody over anything.”
-Algernon Blackwood, The Empty House
_ _ I never understood what my parents were talking about when they complained of caffeine headaches (or lack-of-caffeine would be more apt) until I got to college. Darn those Dunkin Donuts with their convenient locations and insanely huge cups! Last week my coffeemaker broke and because I can no longer justify spending the daily five dollars on my habit, I learned how to “cold brew” …and it couldn’t be any easier.
*Note: I also like to drink this undiluted with a little cream, like a cold espresso shot
1 1/3 cups Ground Coffee
6 cups Water
1. Stir the coffee and water together in a large mixing bowl. Cover it tightly with aluminum foil and allow it to sit on the counter for 8 hours/overnight.
2. Lay a mesh strainer over a small pitcher and lay a paper coffee liner inside it. Slowly pour the coffee-water mixture through the liner and let it soak through, you’ll have to do it about a cup at a time so the grounds stay in the paper liner.
3. Keep the strained coffee in the fridge. In a glass with ice, mix 2 parts coffee, 1 part water and any creamer and sweetener that you want.