Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Coconut Iced Coffee

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Whenever I make this, I have visions of a Nina Simone-esque alter ego, sipping a tall glass of iced coffee, before performing the pants off of everyone in the room. Yes, yes, I know milk isn't exactly good for one's singing voice, but hey, indulge me, wouldya?  The strains of bluesy jazz songs starts filtering into my thoughts as soon as I take the first sip of this decidedly grown-up version of iced coffee. Don't ask me why, imagination is an odd thing.

Sadly the truth is somewhat different from my imaginary scenario. No silk bathrobes for me. Pink marabou-fluffed high heels are but a twinkle in my eye. Nope, instead of seductively winking at my captive audience, I'm usually in one of two places when imbibing this tropically flavoured coffee:

a) at the office, trying to fight off the post-lunch slump
b) at home, trying to fight off the summer heat

Which, granted, are both a whole lot less glamorous, but hey, at least it's the truth. 

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Some more hard hitting truths - this iced coffee is addictive. Buy a couple of tins of coconut milk. Heck, buy a couple of dozen while you're at it. Trust me on this. Even TheHusband, notorious coconut milk hater, loudly demands that I make this on an alarmingly regular basis. Which, of course, being the awesome wife that I am, I do. Just do me a favour, would you? Don't tell him how ridiculously easy this is to make. It'll kinda spoil the whole martyr vibe I've got going on at home. 

PS: Want another moment of truth? That artfully staged coffee stain over there? Not staged at all. Clumsiness is the new art, haven't you heard?

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Coconut Iced Coffee
A Creative Pot original
Serves 1

If you really can't bring yourself to use instant coffee, brew a pot of triple strength coffee and use a few tablespoons of that as the base of this iced coffee instead.

2 tsp good-quality instant coffee (I like Jacobs)
2 1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp boiling water
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup ice cold water
1/2 cup cold milk
a few ice cubes

1. Add coffee granules, sugar and boiling water to a glass, stirring until the coffee and sugar has dissolved.
2. Add coconut milk and vanilla essence, stirring to fully incorporate it into the coffee mixture. 
3. Top up with cold water and cold milk, add a few ice cubes and there you have it. See, told you, easy as pie.

Don't be tempted to add the last few ingredients in any old order - the coconut milk will not properly mix in if added after the cold water and milk. For some reason it needs some heat to work its magic. This bit of info is brought to you by:  Bitter Experience.

24 comments:

Swathi on January 26, 2011 12:52 am said...

Sounds delicious, I love coffee and coconut milk,

Joanne on January 26, 2011 3:09 am said...

I've often tried but never successfully have I ever made good iced coffee. Now you've come along extolling this as GREAT iced coffee. Guess i need to give it a shot... :P

TS of eatingclub vancouver on January 26, 2011 5:54 am said...

Teehee. That coffee spill really is quite artful. Its taupe-y color contrasts so well with the the blue/teal ribbon! =)

Marisa on January 26, 2011 9:09 am said...

@Swathi - It's a super combo, isn't it? Can't believe it took me so long to figure out.

@Joanne - You've got that right.

@TS - Glad someone understands my "work". ;-)

Rose&Thorn on January 26, 2011 10:13 am said...

This will work for a post workout lift too. I love the combination of coffee and coconut. Lovely!

Umm Mymoonah on January 26, 2011 1:13 pm said...

Never tried this combination, picture looks stunning.

nina- My Easy Cooking on January 26, 2011 3:26 pm said...

You are so right, it will be a perfect start to my day!!

Juanita on January 26, 2011 8:44 pm said...

How exceedingly tempting!

Seanpt on January 26, 2011 11:00 pm said...

If you really want to take this to the next level, try cold brewing your coffee. http://minusthesilencer.blogspot.com/2006/08/cold-brewed-coffee.html

Adele on January 27, 2011 2:08 am said...

I'm going for the martyr vibe too! My husband loves iced coffee, I think I'll make this for him. Thanks for the recipe.

Nicole on January 27, 2011 2:38 am said...

this sounds like a lovely summer drink. Yummy.

Cooking Agents on January 27, 2011 6:32 am said...

this post just made my heart sing. coffee enthusiasts at work! =D

thecompletecookbook on January 27, 2011 7:03 am said...

Never thought of making iced coffee with coconut milk. YUM!
:-) Mandy

chocswirl on January 27, 2011 7:49 pm said...

he he... clumsy I can relate to. Luckily it sometimes works in our favour :) I would so try out the whole martyr vibe... if I had a husband

Megan @ FeastingonArt on January 27, 2011 10:47 pm said...

So lovely, must try this recipe soon!

Mary on January 29, 2011 4:33 am said...

Ahh that looks so delicious, perfect for hot weather! You should try cold-brewed coffee, it is so easy to make and is less bitter than coffee brewed by other methods.

Spoon and Chopsticks on January 30, 2011 7:22 am said...

Hi how have you been? Haven't been to your blog for some time.

Your iced coffee looks GREAT. The way you have presented the iced coffee is really nice too. I have noticed some really nice photos on your blog. Are you a professional food photographer?

Karen said...

I saw this last week and I knew I had to try it. I made it tonight and it was a hit! I just wanted to thank you for something so delicious and easy. There were lots of spills over here too, but none as photogenic as yours. :)

Anonymous said...

2 dbl cheese minus all

Jovita on June 25, 2011 1:49 pm said...

Thanks for sharing your bitter experience .. am off to make a big batch ... hmmm, yummmee on a cold drizzly wet Belgian day :)

Belgian Holidays on September 02, 2012 2:12 pm said...

Sounds great - thanks for sharing

Jessica Lovings on September 24, 2012 4:43 am said...

Why did you choose to prevent pintrest users from pinning your images? This is a great recipe, and I'd love to pin it to my coffee board!

Anonymous said...

I made it yesterday and today - not sure how much I like it. Maybe I'm not the coconut fan I thought I was!

Anonymous said...

What kind of coconut milk do you use? from the can or the refrigerated kind?

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