In 1991, I went on a road trip with a friend. She is a writer and was doing an article on the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. It had rained in New Orleans for the previous week and it was hot and steamy when we arrived. The Festival was held at a Fair Grounds, it was rather soggy. I remember the day well. I was hot. I was sweaty. I needed refreshment. Looking across the Fair Grounds I spied a sign, "Iced Coffees". I bee-lined for the vendors cart. I ordered one ice coffee. What came forth was a marvel. According to my trip scrapbook, "Iced Coffee: coffee concentrate, whole cream, sweetened water, over shaved ice, Divine." I went back for a couple more before we left the Festival. I asked for the recipe. They made their coffee in a Toddy coffee maker. It was a cold condensed coffee.
Back home I was on a quest to find the coffee maker. I did and from 1991 to today we enjoy a delicious iced coffee refreshment from May until October.
My recipe has changed as our eating has changed.
Q's Iced coffee
One Toddy coffee maker
One pound ground coffee (I use a dark roast organic coffee as finely ground as I can find)
Steep 24 hours
2 cups coffee concentrate
6 cups soy milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
Stir and serve over crushed ice.
I have made our iced coffees with stevia and find it is wonderful. We often will have iced coffee- vanilla ice cream floats. Yummy!
10 years ago