Java Jolt

Java Jolt
Servings: 2 Yield: quarts Steep 12 hrs or up to one day


  • 1 3/4 cups coarse-ground coffee in a 2-quart pitcher.
  • 3 1/2 cups cold water
  • milk (optional)
  • half-and-half (optional)
  • water (optional)
  • ice
  • simple sugar (optional)

Make It

1. Place 1 cups coarse-ground coffee in a 2-quart pitcher. Add 31/2 cups cold water and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let steep at room temperature for at least 12 hours or up to one day.

2. Line a fine-mesh strainer with a standard coffee filter and fit it over a wide-mouth jar or pitcher. Slowly pour coffee into filter until all liquid has passed through. Discard filter and grounds.

3. Cover coffee and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 5 days. For each cup of iced coffee, dilute the concentrate with an equal portion of milk, half-and-half or water, and top with ice. If you want to sweeten the deal, try a little simple syrup (combine equal parts water and sugar, bring to a boil and cool); it blends better than sugar in cold drinks. For hot coffee, start with one part concentrate to 2 to 3 parts boiling water per mug.