Making Kitchen Treaty’s Orange Spiced Iced Coffee

P1100435A few weeks ago I went on a digital search for iced coffee recipes. I drink at least one full French press full of caffeinated goodness every day, but sometimes I want a cooler alternative. I stumbled upon a cool website called Kitchen Treaty that has a recipe for Orange Spice Iced Coffee. I was sold, let’s do this!

The coffee itself is super easy to make. You take one cup of coffee grounds — I drink Chock Full O Nuts Dark Satin because it sounds mysterious — and put it in a container with four cups of water. After 12 hours, you strain and put it in the fridge. Easy peasy. I also prepared a regular press of coffee and made coffee cubes.

Then came the real work: making the orange spice simple syrup. For this you throw the ingredients into a small pot, boil for a while and strain out all the chunky stuff. I don’t usually go for sweetness in my coffee, but there’s something about cold coffee that makes me want a little something extra in there besides the bitterness that fuels my mornings. This simple syrup isn’t overly sweet and definitely carries some different notes thanks to the orange peel and cinnamon.

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With everything made and in the refrigerator/freezer, you have the ability to make s delightful, cold, coffee beverage whenever you want! I followed the recipe pretty closely for putting these together with the cup of coffee, two tablespoons of syrup, a few coffee cubes and a bit of milk to fill the glass. Now that I’ve done it a few times, I’ve shifted over to eyeballing things, but I love having these things on hand and actually need to pop in the kitchen and make some more of the coffee.

Bonus Food Pic: 2 Alices’ Iced Coffee & Homemade Pop Tart

2 alices homemade pop tart

Anyone who knows me or reads Monkeying Around The Kitchen on a regular basis already knows that I’m not a big fan of dessert or sweets. I’d rather eat an appetizer or more of my entree than save room for dessert. That’s just how I’m built. But, there are a few sweet treats I just can’t resist. Pop Tarts are on that list. But, because I’m an adult who knows how bad they are for you, it’s been ages since I bought any for myself.

A month or two back, I stopped into my beloved 2 Alices in Cornwall. This is the place I used to go and work to get out of the house before we had our daughter. Their coffee is some of the best I’ve ever had, but they do have a variety of bakery treats on display as well. I was surprised and intrigued when I first saw the Homemade Pop Tarts. I wasn’t in the mood at the time, so passed it up. Another time, I saw they had the regular ones as well as cinnamon — my favorite take on the Pop Tart theme — but again, I didn’t partake.

Last Friday, however, Lu was in day care so I could do an interview with comic book legend Stan Lee. I decided to finish my work for the day at the coffee shop and indulged myself in a few of their iced coffees and one Homemade Pop Tart. Man, it was great! They nailed the icing the filling was even better than the overly processed thing that lives inside the brand name counterpart. Also, not for nothing, it was about two-to-three times bigger than your average Pop Tart. It wound up being the perfect combination of sugar from the treat and caffeine from the coffee to get me through my work, pick the kid up, get home and make a dinner of Giada De Laurentiis’ Chicken Saltimbocca and Couscous-Stuffed Peppers With Basil Sauce for my parents who had driven in from Michigan.

Wife Lessons: Coffee Cubes

This is another one of those things that my lovely wife told me about and then I mentioned to her a week or so later after reading about online somewhere and she glared at me. It’s okay, I can be dense that way. Anyway, the idea here is that, when you brew coffee you don’t want to put water in it and thin it out. So what’s the solution? Iced coffee cubes!

As far as Wife Lessons go, this one’s super simple. Just brew about a cup and a half to two cups of coffee, let it cool and then pour it into an ice cube tray. Freeze that tray and then you’ve got an easy way to cool down your coffee without lessening the caffeine intake too much. My wife also tipped me off to the fact that places like Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Home Goods have great deals on coffee. Just go back to where all that funky old olive oil and weird chocolates are and you’ll probably see a few interesting coffees you want to try out. I’ve had pretty good luck getting my buzz out of those bags and think you will too!